Direction: Kannan Iyer
Actors: Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin
Rating: **1/2 stars
Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick once remarked: “A story of the supernatural cannot be taken apart and analysed too closely. The ultimate test of its rationale is whether it is good enough to raise the hairs on the back on your neck.”
The good news is that Ek Thi Daayan, co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj, manages that. The bad news is that the film only manages that in the first half.
Until the interval, debutant director Kannan Iyer had me pinned to my seat. Of course, first I had to get over the fact that the hero in this film, played by Emraan Hashmi, is called Bobo. He’s a magician, so people refer to him as Bobo the Baffler. Bobo starts to suffer from hallucinations.