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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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