Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi, Konkona Sen Sharma
Director: Kannan Iyer
Producer: Vishal Bhardwaj, Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Rekha Bhardwaj
Haunting, sizzling and making your heart skip the beat …that’s what Ek Thi Daayan brings in store for you!!
So the movie starts with Bobo (Emraan Hashmi), a highly successful stage magician, who, performs great magic tricks by creating illusions which baffle the viewers and hence he is truly known as ‘Bobo the Baffler’ by his audience. His magic tricks remind you of the 2006 British-American mystery thriller film ‘Prestige’ by Christopher Nolan if you have happened to watch it. However, the thunder strikes when Bobo starts hallucinating about his dead young sister Misha, and ends up doing some fatal accidents while performing his most dangerous magic tricks. A deep dark mystery follows when his girlfriend Tamara (Huma Qureshi) and their adopted son Zubin start noticing that something is terribly wrong with him.
As Bobo is left with no option but to seek psychiatric help, he undergoes hypnosis which takes you to his childhood and thereby unfolds the tale of the dark and dingy supernatural power; ‘Daayan’ who as his widowed father’s second wife, Diana (Konkona Sen Sharma), destroys his family leaving him alone and promising him that she would come back to haunt him for all his life. But the question is, that is the lady actually a witch or is it just a young boy over-reacting to a second woman in his father’s life??
Nonetheless, his psychiatrist dismisses his story as a fantasy and tells him to move on with his normal life. When he chooses to do so, destiny or we shall say ‘Daayan’ has something else planned for him and his new family. Lisa Dutt (Kalki) enters the movie on a promising note but the movie doesn’t seem to know what to do with her and hence loses the plot a little.
Emraan Hashmi plays his role well as a great magician with a traumatized past. The three leading ladies — Konkona Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi and Kalki Koechlin — are smashing in their roles as each play their given role with frighteningly good flair, and each deserves applause.
With the well timed spine chilling scares and some terrifying jolts, the cinematographer keeps you glued to the seats, especially in the first half. As you’re looking forward to a scarier and a more exciting finesse, the movie suddenly turns into a banal Hindi-film- drama despite the daunting twist in the end.
If you are a hard core horror movie lover and do not take pleasure in getting into the depth of witchcraft beyond what is being shown to you, this movie is a must watch 🙂