It was pitch dark as I was walking towards my ancestral home from a
nearby temple procession when she was explaining me a few things about
the transcendental. I was a bit frightened but excited and was too
engrossed in listening that I forgot when we reached home. The story
continued for quite a while before I fell asleep on her lap. It has
been more than 15 years now, she is no more but I got that eerie
feeling while watching this movie Ė itís an engrossing tale and for a
time being it felt as if my grandmother was narrating it.
The plot revolves around the life of Bobo, the magician. He is an
expert in his craft and reminds you of Christian Baleís role in the
Prestige. He can pull of the most difficult magic tricks with ease.
During such a show something strikes him that leaves him confused.
This takes us to the past of where the 10 year old is suddenly hit
when his widower father brings a new bride, who young Bobo now
believes to be the daayan from his grandmotherís stories. The death of
his father and his sister gives him another jolt and according to him
his stepmother( the daayan) was the cause of all this. In the present,
Bobo has an almost perfect life along with this ladylove Tamara and
his adopted child Zuben. But his past comes back to haunt him which
forms the crux of the story.
The story is brilliant in the first half but loses its sheen as it
comes to the second but still manages to maintain sense aesthetically
which many other bollywood movies of this genre disregard. Kanan Iyer
has managed to draw attention with a genre which would have otherwise
felt flat on its face , had it been directed in a our normal bhootiya
(umm..boring) way. He instills fear in the minds of the viewers not by
showing bhoots and aatmaís but by making us feel connected to our
pasts thereby showing us that fear is the work of internal demons. The
movie has its moments of spine chilling horror though.
Emraan Hashmi has not only held on to his serial kisser tag but
also sharpened his acting skills and can safely be considered one of
the best actors today. Moreover this movie suits his acting style and
he fits into this role with relative ease. Apart from him all the
three female leads Huma Ouereshi, Kalki and Konkona have been perfect
in their respective roles. Konkona in particular has done a top notch
job and is sure to mesmerize you. All the supporting actors have done
a commendable job that is good enough to take you through the entire
length of the movie without getting bugged.
There is something special when it comes to Emraan Hashmi and songs in
his movies. Even the most boring ones had great tracks and the same
has repeated with this one. You are sure to keep humming some of those
tracks for some time. Vishal Bharadwaj has been a master at
experimentation and dons both the roles of the producer and the music
director in the movie and I should say that his experimentation has
The supernatural has always fascinated me and that fascination was
well supported by the movie. And If you have such a fascination then
this should be on the list of your must-watch this weekend.