Film: Dobaara- See You Evil
Duration: 106 minutes
Cast: Huma Qureshi, Saqib Saleem, Adil Hussain, Lisa Ray, Rhea Chakraborty
Director: Prawaal Raman
Dobaara-See You Evil might just be one of the remakes gone bad. The movie being a remake of the 2013 supernatural psychological horror film Oculus, had a lot of expectations as a film in the horror genre. It disappoint in totality as people might expect more from Prawaal Raman after movies like ‘Darna Mana Hai’ and ‘404’.
The movie brings back the times where antique items were possessed with evil spirits (dolls and mirrors majorly contributing to this section in movies).
The story begins with the past of the mirror as it travels places around the world haunting every owner as the end product of each mélange being the death of its owner and dear ones. In comes the Merchant Family, Alex Merchant (Adil Hussain) and his wife Lisa Merchant (Lisa Ray) who have been living happily in London along with their kids Natasha and Kabir. Alex, being an artist is fascinated into buying the antique mirror, history of which is best known to none till this point. The movie swaps from the past to the present where Kabir (Saqib Saleem) is released from detention center as his sister Natasha (Huma Qureshi) looks to team up with him to bring justice to her brother and her father.
The brother-sister combine along with some gizmo-tech and essentials to expose the reality of the mirror. Just as Natasha has things setup and the mirror brought back to their house (The Merchant Villa), Kabir denies from participating in the process as he gives the scientific reasoning for things that happened in the past and refuses to believe the embodiment of an evil spirit in the mirror. Things take an ugly turn as the movie progresses.
The second half of the film brings in more intensity and horrifying jitters as the film keeps progressing in a dual manner. The past and the present are both swapped very interestingly as it keeps us guessing about the truth in each sequence. While some may find the story to be a giveaway, it still develops a feeling of comprehending the conclusion. An illusion as it may seem for most of the second half, there is no source of truth that will ensure what’s happening in the house (in each scene) is the reality (in the movie of course).
The movie lacks some serious acting skills as the lead pair of Saqib and Huma seemed to disappoint with being too extreme in encapsulating their emotions. A few good things about the movie includes Adil Hussain who keeps his calm and does well throughout the film. The usage of the famous couplet ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum’ which is perfectly fitted in the movie. A couple of dialogues that are well scripted and delivered (yet again Adil Hussain is the one to be thankful for this).
All in all, it’s one of those movies which might fall short of scaring you on a breezy cold winter night but with definitely a lot of scopes that was left undone.
Rating: 2/5(Horror movie buffs can give it a miss, others probably would have a Chlormint after the movie- DOBAARA mat puchana).