DOBAARA: SEE YOUR EVIL Movie Review: Dares to be different

Director : Prawaal Raman
Music : Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Samira Koppikar
Lyrics : Tasha Tah, Raool, Puneet Sharma and Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Starring : Huma Qureshi, Saqib Saleem, Lisa Ray, Adil Hussain and Rhea Chakraborty

June 2, 2017 4:38:52 PM IST
Dobaara Review By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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A faithful remake of Mike Flanagan's supernatural thriller OCULUS (2013), DOBAARA: SEE YOUR EVIL starring real siblings Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem playing siblings on reel as well in this Prawaal Raman directed super natural horror that dares to be different and is a point ahead of those average haunted movies we see again and again.


Succeeding in making the eerie feeling reaching and chilling you to the bone, DOBAARA: SEE YOUR EVIL is a decent chiller coming in recent times.

After 10 years of therapy Kabir Alex Merchant (Saqib Saleem) is out to face the world. Kabir as a kid was convicted for shooting his father (Adil Hussain). Kabir's sister Natasha Merchant (Huma Qureshi) is still stuck in the past and believes that an antique mirror is possessed and forced her brother and father to commit crimes.

Overpowered by the fetish to conquer their past, Natasha convinces Kabir to re-visit their troubled childhoods. Travelling between two time zones, the past explains from where it all started. Things in the life of Kabir and Natasha change drastically when their father Alex (Adil) brings home a 'haunted' mirror. Behavior of Alex changes and one day in a fit of rage Alex shoots his wife Lisa (Lisa Ray) and in turn Kabir shoots his father.

Natasha is left fending for herself. But do mirrors lie, or do they change like humans with times? is answered in the film that stays loyal to the genre and adds some innovations.

Couple of scenes like when Alex losses his marbles and Natasha is aghast in making people understand that the 'Mirror' is the culprit stand out.

However the thrill machine takes its time to make its presence felt and that is the major drawback.

Having said that, it cannot be denied that Prawaal Raman has smartly used his non-linear, inter-cutting between different time zones approach to the best effect and indulged the viewer in the game he wants them to be in.

Powered by brilliant performance by Huma and Saqib, DOBAARA: SEE YOUR EVIL gets an extra dose of chill thanks to their terrific chemistry and shifting of shades in their character that spins the surprise.

It's not that the traditions are not followed; Prawaal Raman gives tribute to the barking dogs, gloomy cellars, masks and of course a life-size mirror all are there but used smartly for maximum effect.

Special mention for Adil is a must; the marble scene is a stealer. While others like Lisa and Madalina just pass the muster.

All said and done, DOBAARA: SEE YOUR EVIL is the creepy eerie adventure delivered with a difference. Go for it.

 Dobaara Review Rating : 
3/5 stars
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