Promos are good, starcast is good, promotion is good...so how is the film?
The curse of the 2nd half strikes again, as it starts off as a riveting thriller & ends up as a shoddy Bollywood spookfest.
In an age where Bollywood is churning crap after crap in the name of horror, here comes a film that starts of doing something different. Taking on the topic of witchcraft, Ek thi Daayan delves into the disturbed life Master Magician Bobo, who is always distrubed with flashes from his past.
The first half takes us through his childhood & he tryst with witchcraft by way of a book. Bobo & his little sister try cracking the mystery of their stepmom being a witch & boy does it make for a thriling watch.
The latter half deals with present day Bobo trying to unravel the thoughts haunting him, finding chilling similarities between a new member he encounters & a dangerous past, culminating to the suspensful outcome.
The first 1 hour literally goes past in a whiz, keeping you hooked with edge of the seat thrills & moments. The 2nd is marred by unnecessary songs, cheap shenanigans & a climax that is hugely disappointing.
All performers of this journey are in top form. Emraan Hashmi underplays it beautifully, Huma Qureshi pitches in yet another winner, Kalki looks sweet but the show stealer is Konkona Sen Sharma who's mere stare will have a chill running down your spine.
First time director Kannan Iyer has a superb take which goes awry somewhere. Its still a commendable film and deserves a watch for the unconventional format of horror.
To sum it up, this ones surely deserves a watch. It might not be the best watch out there but its surely worth the ticket price. Dekh lo!view less