Movie: Ek Thi Dayaan

Director: Kannan Iyer

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Konkana Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin

Jagran Rating: Average

Story Line: Ek Thi Dayaan, a joint venture of Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj, starring Emraan Hashmi, Kalki, Huma Qureshi and Konkona Sen Sharma, has hit the silver screen this Friday with nail-biting paranormal concept of witches. If you believe in occult, witches, ghost and supernatural things, this film is truly belongs to you. The film is all about Emraan’s life which is haunted by spooky witchcraft.

Bobo (Emraan Hashmi), a famous Indian magician who is quite successful in his career, had a dark and spooky childhood. Bobo grew up reading stories of witches and witchcraft and unknowingly his fascination towards occults turns into obsession. Things got worse when Bobo’s widower father marries again to a lady Diana (Konkana Sen Sharma). Bobo considers his step-mother a daayan (witch).

Bobo gets out of this rigorous regression session only to be told by Dr Palit that what he saw during the therapy is a fabrication of his prejudiced mind. The star magician is advised to forget the past and begin life on a fresh note.

And just when Bobo feels that he is back to normalcy with his wife Tamara (Huma) and son Zubin, Lisa Dutt (Kalki) enters the scene to add turbulence to Bobo’s life and mind. Though she looks perfectly normal, Bobo’s instinct tells him that the daayan is back. Nobody takes his gut feeling seriously.

Now Emraan’s character is going through the biggest dilemma of his life. Has the witch returned to fulfill her promise or is his disturbed mind hallucinating, projecting his deep hidden fears and turning the innocuous Lisa into a blood thirsting daayan?

Thumbs Up: The first half of the movie is filled with nail-biting experiences. Some of its beautifully articulated parts leave you terrified with its spine chilling occult, black magic experiences and ghoulish suspense. Emraan Hashmi is superlative in his part and marked strong presence instead of three female actresses. Konkona Sen Sharma is amazing as usual and superb as 9a Daayan. Kalki Koechlin has also justified her role beautifully.

Huma Qureshi is average on acting part. Its ‘Yaram’ track which has already wooed the music lovers before the film’s release.

Thumbs Down: The climax is stereotypically horror. Second half of the movie is little bit lengthy and boring but that much you can afford it for thrilling horror experience.

Ek Thi Dayaan revives the magic of year old witchcraft stories, if you believe in paranormal activities; book your ticket right now. This movie will surely leave you in dilemma whether dayaans (witches) really exist or not.


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