HindiSong.com Movie review Darna Mana Hai

Darna Mana Hai

Producer: K Sera Sera & Varma Corp. Ltd.
Director: Prawaal Raman
Starring: Vivek Oberoi, Saif Ali Khan, Boman Irani, Nana Patekar, Shilpa Shetty, Isha Koppikar, Antara Mali, Sohial Khan, Sanjay Kapoor, Raghuvir Yadav, Revathy, Aftab Shivdasani, Sameera Reddy, Sushant Singh, Rajpal Yadav
Music: Salim-Suleiman
Lyrics: Abbas Tyrewala, Lalit Marathe, Taabish Roman

Ram Gopal Varma defies Bollywood norms once again. Darna Mana Hai is definitely a different film in the present scenario of Bollywood. It has an episodic style of filmmaking. The concept of the film is simple yet rare. Director Prawaal Raman has put six stories (actually seven including the main plot line) together to make his film. He has completely avoided the songs.

Raman gets his inspiration from the Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt and Creep Show. He also mixes them with the basic idea of Campfire Tales (Hollywood release).

A group of friends stuck on their way back from a trip to Goa, seek out a discarded ruin to take shelter. To pass the time they decide to keep each other entertained with some stories.

They are not aware of that something terrible is happening around them while they pass their time through sharing each oneís experience. The stories narrated by the main characters range from frightening to crazy. They keep you entertained. 

Debutant director Prawaal Ramanís choice and his execution of the subject must be applauded. His direction is pretty consistent. Apart from the direction, the sound design and camerawork are also excellent.

Though the idea of putting together many stories is something innovative, some of the stories do suffer due to poor execution and below the par writing. The main storyline is disappointing. It is unbelievable that no one takes any effort to search those, who disappear. The climax is a big disappointment as it is quite predictable and silly. The poor climax undoes the great effort made by the director.

The editing is so fine that no story makes you feel bore. Editing makes each story enjoyable. Cinematography is good. Though there are no songs in the movie, the soundtrack is simply great.

Performances are okay. Boman Irani, with his mannerisms deserves special mention. Raghuvir Yadav also does a good job. Aftab Shivdasani has got a sumptuous role and he justifies it with his performance. Shilpa Shetty should be applauded for the fine touches she adds to her role. Vivek and Nana combination works out well and impresses. Antara and Isha are simply wasted. Saif is cool but pales in comparison with the excellent performance by Boman. Sameera too has nothing much to do.

Darna Mana Hai is definitely a different attempt and its fate in the box office is highly unpredictable. A weak main plot, lack of the horror element and careless writing are the negative aspects of the film. Good performances, a new concept, smart direction and good technical values provide the film some value. Darna Mana Hai should be applauded, as it is definitely a genuine attempt in another direction for Bollywood.

Overall, Darna Mana Hai is just good, but not exceptional.

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Viewer(s) Comments
1 8/23/2012 11:02:56 PM
-1' 8/23/2012 11:02:54 PM
1 8/23/2012 11:02:46 PM
well the movie was good cheers to ram gopal varma aka ramu he is creative n that wat i liked about the film kool gutsy experiment with good pace n less of chaman kinda songs,,,darna mana hai is all together for the peole who wants to create things wid their brains....watch n enjoy
Naam 5/6/2005 7:38:01 AM
fgh 12/5/2004 12:26:20 AM
This is only time pass film.But not too bad.
kewal singh 1/21/2004 6:19:35 AM
This is only time pass film but not too bad.
kewal singh 1/21/2004 6:16:43 AM
Fazia Khan 12/24/2003 1:05:08 PM
it's interesting.
NISHAMANG 10/2/2003 12:10:26 AM
well the movie was good cheers to ram gopal varma aka ramu he is creative n that wat i liked about the film kool gutsy experiment with good pace n less of chaman kinda songs,,,darna mana hai is all together for the peole who wants to create things wid their brains....watch n enjoy
amit peter 9/16/2003 3:20:38 AM
zaman 9/10/2003 1:43:32 AM
This movie is good, not great. I enjoyed what each character brought to the story, especially vivek!
simran patel 9/8/2003 10:56:47 AM
arjun 9/7/2003 2:38:30 AM
the film was super and ivik and nana was out standind
nargis 9/6/2003 9:31:17 PM
Well what I can actually imagine out of this is that, movie was altogether made to keep distant a typical horror scenes which are not at all now taken for granted and we now a days become used to some fantacal and imaginary things which this movie did portrayed.
Sarfaraz 9/6/2003 4:35:08 PM
I enjoyed the movie although it was very puzzling, it was still heaps good lol
Sid 9/4/2003 3:58:25 AM
i liked aftab's and vivek nana's story i think those were the best espaicially aftab's ''stop'' kool no?
naima 9/3/2003 12:33:53 AM
It is a very boring film
XYZ 9/2/2003 7:14:48 AM
dis movie will leave u puzzled till the end and ask yaself....kya darna marna hai. The movie was different 2 the normal plot of love stories that come from bollywood. Scared me shitless...not...I LIKED THE NANA PATEKAR SCENE.....Thumbs up 4 bolllywood with a difference. oh shit mere computer ke agay ek bhoot behtha hai bachoooo...
Nafiz(jnr) 9/1/2003 11:34:37 PM
MARIUM 8/31/2003 9:16:50 AM
this is a good but not very good film. only time pass movie?
parmod 8/30/2003 12:36:14 PM
he is good move hi aftaab you are soo hamdsome actor ilove you aftaab
kresteena 8/28/2003 7:04:28 PM
this is a very beautiful film
prithwiraj 8/27/2003 4:48:02 PM
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