Darna Mana Hai
Producer: K Sera Sera &
Varma Corp. Ltd.
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.
Overall, Darna Mana Hai is just good, but not exceptional.