In the past few years Bollywood has not quite cashed in on a supernatural flick. Except for Ragini MMS and Haunted 3D even I think there were no good movies which actually managed to hold the attention of the viewers but instead they scared them away from the screens. What do we have in store now? Combination of two producers i.e Vishal Bharadwaj and Ekta Kapoor one known to have been a lover of Shakespearean literature and other a belligerent producer who has produced variety of movies right from slapstick comedies(Kya Kool Ha Hum) to serious drama(The Dirty Picture and Once Upon A Time In Mumbai) and add this a set of actors who have been associated with “different” kind of cinema.
Ek Thi Daayan(ETD) directed by Kannan Iyer is a tribute to witchcraft folklore. It talks about those orthodox stories which we hear in our childhood right from witches existing to them having reverse legs to their ability to gain powers through child sacrifice. It is set in an entire new India where the crowd which fancies magic shows is more than an IPL crowd in a RCB vs CSK match! Brijesh Sharan Mathur a.k.a Bobo is a master illusionist who manages the amaze is audience by “Prestige”(Chris Nolan movie) based tricks. He is highly successful with not only with fame but also a loving girl friend. But he has a horrible past which he cannot forget and is now back to haunt him. Soon his life starts falling apart. So what will he do now? Will he be able to crack the mystery behind the “daayan” who ruined his life and now is back to dismantle his future plans?
ETD has quite a lot of scenes which are eerily creepy and which will make the viewers jump out of their seats. It also builds up the sequence brilliantly till the last 40 minutes of the movie. But alas the movie just starts falling apart there. Some scenes get too illogical and even funny at times, specially the last scene. It could have been a much better movie if the director had managed the climax well. Performance wise Emraan Hashmi stands out with a restrained performance where he is expected to be troubled, hurt but still needs to keep a smile on his face. Amongst the three women, Konkana Sen Sharma is simply brilliant. Huma Qureshi and Kalki do justice their roles. I wont reveal more details about them as it would result in a spoiler. Special mention needs to be made of the child actors who play the role of Emraan and his sister. Usually in a movie of this genre background score and dialogues play a very important role in making the proceedings more convincing. The movie fares poor to average in both these areas.
If you are not really a big fan of horror movies unlike me then you can surely avoid Ek Thi Daayan and enjoy exciting IPL matches in your house. Watch it only if your either a big big fan of horror movies or you just want to a watch a movie for the heck of it. Simply avoidable!!