Ek Thi Daayan - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Ek Thi Daayan builds at a good pace and takes the proceedings to a great peak at mid-time. Unfortunately, it goes only down after interval. Yet, there are a few genuine scares and good performances. A casual DVD watch.



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44 reviewers have given Ek Thi Daayan an average rating of 3.1/5.0 (?)

16 yays
6 nays
22 so-so

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Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ... bewitching... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Exceptionally novel and attention-grabbing, it's a first of its kind... full review

Thumbs up Buzz in Town ...Tonally rich, vibrant and sensuous, the performances including Pavan Malhotra as Hashmi's bewitched dad and Rajtava Dutta as his bewildered shrink, boost the beauty of the witches' tale .... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...You do feel hungry for more chilling moments and effects that stun you into holding your breath. Sometimes the scale doesn’t match the film’s ambition. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini ... genuinely scary and original. ... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...There are several chinks in the film, a debutante’s touch as well, but there is meat in the craft and thought in the art enough to make a lasting impression... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...The film is eerie overall and genuinely scary in parts without playing to the gallery.... full review

Thumbs up by Zayden, Indicine ... Don’t let your expectations zoom up too much and you might like ‘Ek Thi Daayan’... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...The first half of this film will scare, entertain and give you one of finest cinematic experiences. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...martly crafted and a highly original film... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...More fascinating than horrifying... full review

Thumbs up by K N GUpta, SmasHits.com ...The cinematography is excellent. ... full review

Thumbs up by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...Till the interval, the daayan keeps you hooked. But post-interval, the story loosens its hold and the ‘surprise’ in the chaotic climax is hardly one.... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Deogire, Star Blockbuster ...enuinely frightening in parts and is definitely one of the better horror films we have seen lately. ... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...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. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...It’s obvious that much thought was put into the writing, despite being a non-believer in the supernatural, there will be parts that will send your pulse racing.... full review

So-So by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Now if only the screenplay hadn’t lost its way in the denouement, if only it hadn’t turned so ordinarily literal and hence silly right at the end, this could have been a very nice film.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Music in a Vishal-Gulzar film has to live up to its reputation and that’s exactly what can be said about the songs of ETD too. ... full review

So-So by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice ...You might not end up looking over your shoulders after watching this movie but there are enough chills to shake you... full review

So-So by Prathamesh Jadhav, Bollywood Life ...This witch is spooky but unconvincing!... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Wonder what Emraan Hashmi saw in this wishy-washy part; the one who claws into the role like a, errr, witch from the netherworld, is Konkona Sen Sharma. Huma Qureshi and Kalki Koechlin pass muster. ... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...The formula of ‘thodasa romance, thodasa screams and sorcery’ still has to reach the next level. Kannan Iyer’s is a commendable try, but that’s it.... full review

So-So by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Uniquely Spooky ... full review

So-So by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Half Baked Magic ... full review

So-So by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Sadly, the script is only sure-footed as far as the flashback is concerned. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Kick-ass psychological thriller turns into embarrassing hodgepodge... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...The screenplay is an adaptation of a short story by Mukul Sharma, who happens to be Konkona's father. The original story may have been popular enough to be considered good literature, but the screenplay of the movie has more than its share of flaws.... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...This is a very sedate Emraan we see. Iyer manages to throw in a lip-lock too for his many fans. Huma Qureshi is easy on the eyes, while Konkona Sen Sharma and Kalki Koechlin add spice to the proceedings. ... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Konkona is deliciously wicked and at one point, I got so spooked that I closed my eyes.... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...The disappointment begins with a mehndi-shaadi song. Why, why?... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Emraan Hashmi is earnest but has played such baffled characters so often that there isn't any novelty left in his act. ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...The child artistes who play the younger Bobo and his kid sister are damn good and give a better performance than most child artistes usually do.... full review

So-So by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Best to read the film, then, as a drama consisting spooky elements, with suspense and songs thrown in for good measure. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Fear and foreboding hang heavy over this portion of the film and the jolts are delivered to great effect.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Ek Thi Daayan deserves full marks for its unblemished and watertight first half. The second however is a total waste. ... full review

So-So by Stutee Ghosh, Planet Bollywood ... This could have been magic, black magic but ends like a cheap badly disguised act from a trickster. ... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...The let downs come in the names of Huma Qureshi and Kalki Koechlin. While the former not only appears bigger than even the male lead of the film but also manages to only put an average act, the latter gets utterly wasted courtesy the loose writing.... full review

So-So by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...Kannan Iyer as the captain of the ship is impressive. Wish he had been supported by a more intriguing story. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...But the problem arises as the plot progresses and we keep trying to put the whole thing together in our heads... ...And it all doesn’t really add up... full review

Thumbs down by Piyasree Dasgupta, FirstPost ...more tiresome than frightening... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...The music is also inconsistent. The folksy north Indian tune playing at a predominantly Bengali wedding sticks out like a sore thumb... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...It nicely builds up intrigue, but leaves you wanting more in the end... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Witches are pathetic, simplistic creatures in this spook drama that begins grippingly but fizzles out soon... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Resorting to cliches about witches and the devil may work sometimes but not the way it is executed in “Ek Thi Daayan... full review