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Ek Thi Daayan Review

Ek Thi Daayan Rating: 2.82/5

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Ek Thi Daayan Movie Review

Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Rajeev Masand  Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)
But alas, the film reveals its chinks in the final act when it arrives at an underwhelming climax involving such clichés as child sacrifice and particularly a human-versus-evil forces face-off that seems straight out of a bad Vikram Bhatt movie, complete with laughable special effects. Yet, despite its solid pedigree, the film sadly is never greater than the sum of its parts. The makers exploit more than a few age-old superstitions associated with witches, but have nothing particularly new or important to say. I'm going with two out of five for 'Ek Thi Daayan'. It nicely builds up intrigue, but leaves you wanting more in the end.
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Taran Adarsh  Site:Bollywood Hungama
Thankfully, EK THI DAAYAN is not the standard horror fare and the storyteller does a volte face in the concluding reels. The suspense -- when it unravels -- is sure to hit you like a ton of bricks. On the whole, EK THI DAAYAN is an imaginative and appealing supernatural thriller. The film is placed in a relatable world, with myths about witches expertly intertwined in its absorbing screenplay, something which a spectator can effortlessly identify with. Exceptionally novel and attention-grabbing, it's a first of its kind. Watch it for the sheer novelty it puts on display in its genre!
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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Meena Iyer  Site:Times Of India (TOI)
Woven beautifully between the world of magic, occult and suspense, Ek Thi Daayan, makes for compulsive viewing, providing some spine-chilling thrills at short gaps. The narrative in the first half is almost faultless. But just when you start to relax and flow with the emotions, along comes a scary twist that jolts you back to the edge of your seat. The climax is a bit stereotype of horror/supernatural thrillers but that's a minor hiccup in an otherwise cleverly done film of this genre. Note: You may not like the film if transcendental stuff doesn't move you.
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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By:  Anupama Chopra  Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times )
Until the interval, debutant director Kannan Iyer had me pinned to my seat. There are moments here that made me jump. Konkona is deliciously wicked and at one point, I got so spooked that I closed my eyes. And then, the curse of the second half strikes. The pace slackens, the plot unravels and Kannan’s assured grip on the material loosens. By the climax, Ek Thi Daayan descends into Vikram Bhatt territory – the plot doesn’t stay true even to its own logic. It’s cheesy and simply too silly to scare. Ek Thi Daayan had the potential to be an A-grade horror film but it’s an opportunity lost. I’m going with two and a half stars. 
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Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Komal Nahta  Site:BBC Hindi
On the whole, Ek Thi Daayan... may be an entertaining fare but the second half is a letdown. The limited work of Emraan Hashmi will disappoint his fans, more so because he does not have a great role also. The film may keep the audience screaming in their seats but it will not keep the distributors smiling in theirs, mainly because it has started on a shockingly low note and, as is common knowledge, the business of the first three days is what matters the most.
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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By:  Saibal Chaterjee  Site:NDTV
Not only does it defy most preconceived notions that you might have until the lights go out and the supernatural drama begins to unfold, it also leaves you so befuddled by the end of it all that you don’t really know what to make of the film. Is it intriguing enough to sustain audience interest over two hours and a bit? Most certainly. Is it a true spine-chiller? Only occasionally. The riveting parts of Ek This Daayan are far outnumbered by the limp moments. Yet it is worth a watch owing to the idiosyncratic treatment of a done-to-death genre.
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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Raja Sen  Site:Rediff
This is the sort of creep-fest which is better creating an uneasy buildup than at actually scaring the pants off you, and perhaps it should have stayed goosepimply instead of going for the jugular. Ek Thi Daayan isn’t a truly scary film -- though it will provoke nightmares in the young, and I strongly recommend all parents keep their children away from this one. .Ek Thi Daayan, therefore, isn’t the scariest of horror films. It is, though, smartly crafted, highly original in its approach and a strikingly ambitious effort for the genre. The end is a let-down, but the film remains a fine directorial debut for Iyer. 
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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Mayank Shekhar  Site:Dainik Bhaskar
This is possibly the best screenplay of its genre for an Indian film. Which may not be saying much, given that the main competition comes from old Ramsay Bros. flicks or more recent Raaz, Raaz 2, Raaz 3.... Still, the film effectively manages to create a plausible, unholy alternate world of dayans and pishach without quite wholly discarding basic human logic. The screen holds your attention. You do feel hungry for more chilling moments and effects that stun you into holding your breath.
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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Shubhra Gupta  Site:Indian Express
Ek Thi Daayan starts so well that you are riveted. Just about everything in the first half, with its well-calibrated chills, is just as it should be. The second half is unravel time, and you are then left grasping at thin air. The writing becomes obvious, the surprises disappear, and the big reveal is such a mash-up of so many previous spookfests that Ek Thi Daayan becomes more 'Kab Hogi Khatam'. But while the going is good, so much about this film is so good.
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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Tushar Joshi  Site:DNA
The films biggest drawback is not being able to sustain the edge of the seat tension and drama created by the first half. Also the climax looks too botched up as if it was either re-shot or re-written several times before getting the green light. Thankfully as you leave the theatre it’s not the ending but the start that stays with you. Ek Thi Dayaan is a solid debut that works because of its stellar ensemble and some really scary moments in a gripping first half.
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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Mohar Basu  Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: An unfamiliar terrain of Supernatural thriller which is sliced straight from native folklores. The film maintains its enthralling suspense for the entire first part. What’s Bad: Plotted around stereotypical myths of Black Magic, the film tends to get predictable at places. Kalki’s character did not make any sense. The climax was shabbily done and was a clear disappointment. Loo break: A couple of them post interval. Watch or Not?: Ek Thi Daayan is a rivetingly thought film. An enticing beginning, a well fitted melodious background score, this film will successfully spook you out. However, the film loses its momentum drastically in the second half. Not a cult film, the film deserves a pat only for the powerful performances of Konkona and Emraan.
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Ratings:--  Review By:  Sneha May Francis  Site:Emirates24By7
Despite some stellar performances and an imaginative story, the lack of technical finesse ruins this supernatural thriller.The narrative falters and fumbles, and swiftly concludes into a senseless war of the good and the bad, with action sequences staged that remind you of a bad school play. This is a classic example of how what could’ve appeared incredible on paper, was lost in translation. ‘Ek Thi Daayan’, despite its many flaws, is endurable because of some fine performances. A tighter non-musical edit and more funds for a technical jazz-up would’ve gone a long way in creating havoc.
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42 comments:

  1. best movie of the year...what a shocking twist...u gotta love this...

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  2. Not going to watch any Emraan Hashmi film

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    1. mat dekh gadhe

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    2. mat dekh... phir yahan review dekhne kyun aaya

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    3. ja kar himmatwala dekh le

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    4. Abbay DumbAss emran hashmi ne picture thodi banaai hai .......



      What about effort of Director, Vishal bhardwaj ,and others crew

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    5. Abbay DumbAss emran hashmi ne picture thodi banaai hai .......



      What about effort of Director, Vishal bhardwaj ,and others crew

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    6. tu nhi dekhega to emraan ko kya loss ho jaayega gadhe......
      go nd watch himmatwaala or agent vinod

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  3. beter than ek tha tiger jthj barfi. Emy is next king

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  4. MAYANK shekhar Gave 3★ gotta Go for it
    after that ..........





    If Any Body Really appreciate Good Cinema Don't Miss ☞ Bombay Talkies

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  5. excelent movie 4.5

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  6. Good movie, Konkona is fab

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  7. most bollywood heroes dont have the balls to do the kind of variety roles that emraan does and yet emraan is still associated with the serial kisser tag.i guess the khan and kappor hierarchy will always continue in bollywood.sad!!

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    2. lol..iska matlab emraan hashmi SRK se better actor hai?????????......lund chus le bhosdike.........emraan is a good actor bt SRK ka level ka????...funniest joke of 2013....

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  8. So, how many of you actually believe in ghosts-witches or paranormal things from the other world that might exist a lot beneath from human playground? Most of us can come up with answers in negative but the fact is we always have been fanatical about such ‘believe it or not’ stories and we all love to be ‘sh*t’ scared in dark after such sessions.

    Debutante director Kannan Iyer’s EK THI DAAYAN is a genre-defying supernatural thriller that plays vigorously and constantly with your mind but only till the very end where the final wrap-up act decides to take you down in hell. It starts off extremely good with a suggestively possible tone of being a psychological mind-bender somewhere heading towards achieving a ‘never seen in a long time’ smart thriller tag…but sadly and suddenly it takes u-turn in the second half to stay at where it all started from & stick to those mystical myths without showing any signs of sincere effort to innovate or break the wall of ‘tried n tested’ formula of horror flicks. For me, it’s an absolute case of opportunity to raise the bar getting lost in midway.

    Kannan manages to impress you with a near perfect screenplay where he sets the mood of characters, the tone of the film, the sound in the scene and the ambiance just right enough for you to feel chills & thrills in regular intervals. Though they are not much in numbers but very effective. Of the lot, Emran & Konkona excels with their well-written characters. Kalki and Huma adds nice romantic lovey-dovey feel to the whole which is equally required to make you ready for the twist coming next.

    At the end, EK THI DAAYAN is well crafted but definitely leaves me unconvinced with the route it takes in the second half and puts me in my sheer confusion to either dissect it for not taking that much needed ambitious step to cross the boundaries or just to clap for being a fine supernatural thriller that still believes in set formulas for its genre. Watch it and decide at your own…[3/5]

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    1. last week kahan the aap. nautanki saala par paise waste ho gaye mere

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    2. yaar itna lamba review kyon har baar dete ho 1 para mein de do na review. Mobile par site load slow ho jaata hain

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    3. Nice work Gaurav.
      You may be having a good number of detractors, but you write good reviews.
      As far as the length is concerned, it would be nice if the admin could include your review's preview alongside other noted reviews & use ur score in the final average review tally
      I was disappointed not to see your review of Nautanki Saala though

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    4. Great work Gaurav Sir. As a movie buff, I just love to read your reviews: So genuine and authentic. Keep up the good work.

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    5. watchd.....the film s nt good....my rating 2.5/5

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  9. Oo fudu Emraan is no1, SRK saala chakka hai,chutiya hai smjha gandu

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    1. madarchod.....SRK se panga leta hai?....bollywood ka GOD hai wo samjha...aur aisa ek thi dayaan jaisa chutiyaap movie nahi karta....

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    2. Sahi baat hai... "Ra-One" ya "My name is khan" jaise ch***yaap hi karta hai bas.. ;)

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  10. Saale tujhe aur koi kaam nai hai,bhenchod har movie mein aapna full review dega,tujhse nai poocha kisine smjha kalue . . . . Kutte apni website bana le vaha dalte rhi apne fudu review

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  11. arey haramkhoro..chup chap movie dekho ..is saal ka oscar tussar kapoor ko hi milega

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  12. kutto bhuako mat aur chup chap movie dekho

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  13. MOVIE REVIEW: By "MovieMaster" !!!
    "EK THI DAYAN" IS A BASELESS LAME TALE DEVOID OF ANY CHILLS, THRILLS AND SUSPENCE !!!!!

    Years ago when my cousin brother was too small he used to tell us self cooked baseless stories like- "सारस के मुँह में भूत" , "पीपल पे चुड़ैल" etc. Believe me even these stories were much better than the kind of horror movies being made in Bollywood ! Seriously if this is the standard of Bollywood, it needs an immediate make over!

    So all you get a baseless lame story with no chills or thrills! (I saw a 7-8 year old boy nearby, who was continuously laughing in those terrifying moments !). The proceedings are so predictable that even the worst guess will point towards the culprit!

    Though actors try to save it a bit, with Konkna definitely shining out from the rests! Emraan is decent and our child artists too! Huma is good but I seriously wonder why the hell Kelki accepted the movie! The director puts just a half baked effort,in an already let down project, that is evident in many scenes! Music suits the setting of the movie but none of the tracks are out of the box! Visual effects too seem below average!

    Overall it's a huge dissapointment (considering names like Vishal Bhardwaj !) and I won't recommend it to any serious movie buff !!!
    GROW UP BOLLYWOOD !!!!!

    RATING- 1.5/5.

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    1. i agree with your review compared to other critics mentioned above

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    2. Me too agree with u... Complete waste of time & also money... Seemed like old ancestral & grand parents stories brought alive... Their stories were however, a million times better&much horryfying than this silver screen presentation i.e this movie...

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  14. The movie has a twist... Nearly the entire second half was kalki's dream...remember the last scene.... When he says "mai toh samjha tum hi dayan thi"... the dream thing started at the coffee house..
    She says na i saw a dream about you.. And in the last scene both of them are wearing the same dress and same setting.....

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    1. can u tell me specifically the scene frm where the dream scene started?

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  15. Welcome to the world of ghosts and witches. Kannan Iyer’s ‘Ek Thi Dayan’ makes yet another attempt so solve the mysteries of this unknown world.

    Bobo (Emraan Hashmi) is a successful magician who gets hallucinations of her dead younger sister. A mysterious woman (Konkana Sen Sharma) is also associated with his childhood whom he suspected to be a witch. The entire first half is in flashback where Bobo is hypnotized by his doctor so that he could overcome the roots of his hallucinations.
    In present, Bobo lives with his girlfriend Tamra (Huma Qureshi). Just when Bobo is reviving from his past, there appears another mysterious woman in his life: Lisa Dutt (Kalki Kolechin). Now, Bobo is again suspecting her to be a witch. Is she actually the one? Has she come to take revenge?


    One good thing with ‘Ek Thi Dayan’ is that it is very interesting. It arise curiosity in you. You desperately want to know more and more about the so called Daayan in the movie. Though the sad part is- there are only a few such moments. The first half is very slow and elongated unnecessarily. The songs are irritating and interrupt the pace of the movie. The climax could have been realistic but unfortunately that did not happen. And that was the most disappointing thing for me as a viewer.

    Emraan Hashmi is natural. Huma Qureshi and Kalki Kolechin are just okay. Those two actors were not used upto their potential. Konkana Sen Sharma definitely steals the show here. Look at the 10 minutes before interval; she does a commendable job there. Simply outstanding!

    On the whole ‘Ek Thi Dayan’ is mysterious but lacks a realistic climax. Watch it if you have a taste for such movies. It is definitely better than Raaz 3, Bhoot Returns or any such movie we have seen in the past.

    Rating- 2.5/5

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  16. A remarkable supernatural thriller named as 'EK THI DAAYAN'. Thankfully it is not one of those horror films where people with white faces comes out and doors and windows opens and closes bang bang etc. A well scripted with a terrific screenplay driven with marvelous performances especially Konkona. Emraan is maturing day by day with every films. The songs may not be upto a Emraan hashmi standard only 'Yaaram' pick of the lot but Clinton's background score deserve a mention! The suspence builts greatly with quite a few spooky scenes to keep the viewers at the edge of their seat! Driven with indian mystic touch like 'Daayan' and ' Pisach' this one will be loved by people of this genre. Its only the climax of the film where it feels a filmi ending and may remind of other bolly horror films! Despite that its definately worth a watch mainly because of the new fresh theme and some great performances (though at the end it feels Kalki is a bit waste) and less gory and liplock scene. Must watch for horror fans. [ 3/5 ]

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  17. A remarkable supernatural thriller named as 'EK THI DAAYAN'. Thankfully it is not one of those horror films where people with white faces comes out and doors and windows opens and closes bang bang etc. A well scripted with a terrific screenplay driven with marvelous performances especially Konkona. Emraan is maturing day by day with every films. The songs may not be upto a Emraan hashmi standard only 'Yaaram' pick of the lot but Clinton's background score deserve a mention! The suspence builts greatly with quite a few spooky scenes to keep the viewers at the edge of their seat! Driven with indian mystic touch like 'Daayan' and ' Pisach' this one will be loved by people of this genre. Its only the climax of the film where it feels a filmi ending and may remind of other bolly horror films! Despite that its definately worth a watch mainly because of the new fresh theme and some great performances (though at the end it feels Kalki is a bit waste) and less gory and liplock scene. Must watch for horror fans. [ 3/5 ]

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  18. chutiya film hai, sala low budget, special effect bakwaas, time waste

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  19. second half is a complete wastage aisa lag ra tha mumy dara rahi hai babu so jao bhoot pisach aajayega

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  20. vishal bhardwaj sir u let down with this story hum movie aap k nam pe gae the

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