Ek Thi Daayan (2013) Hindi Movie Review | 13 Critic Reviews | Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin, Konkona Sen Sharma

Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin, Konkona Sen Sharma, Roald Smeets

Ek Thi Daayan Posterdirection:

Kannan Iyer


Vishal Bhardwaj, Mukul Sharma


Vishal Bhardwaj, Mukul Sharma


Vishal Bhardwaj

weird aggregate rating 6.2/10cinematography:

Saurabh Goswami


Vishal Bhardwaj

produced by:

Rekha Bhardwaj,Vishal Bhardwaj,Ekta Kapoor,Shobha Kapoor




horror, thriller



Reviews- (Ratings out of 10)
  •  pardaphash -faisal saif rating-5
Ek Thi Daayan makes us take a walk in the world of Black Magic, Myths, Witches and of course the stories which were told to us by our parents or grand parents during our childhood. They used to tell us these stories when we were very mischievous, out of control and refused to sleep
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  •  Times of India -meena iyer rating-7
When you meet the unassuming, bespectacled Kannan Iyer in person, you will never guess that he's the man who has served up one of Indian cinema's taut supernatural thriller's Ek Thi Daayan. It's piping hot (it's got Emraan Hashmi--who calls himself a tiger in bed), terribly scary and
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  •  Bollywood Hungama -taran adarsh rating-7
Ekta Kapoor has earned the title of a prolific producer, attempting films on varied subjects in a relatively short span -- biopic [THE DIRTY PICTURE], gangsters [SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI], horror [RAGINI MMS], laughathons [KYAA KOOL HAIN HUM
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  •  Daily Bhaskar -mayank shekar rating-6
Most Indians would have heard of daayans from stories mostly set in villages where real, ordinary people are often ostracised as witches who bring bad luck to a family – “kha gayi pati ko” (ate her husband) – or commune with the dead. Also, there is no awareness about mental disorders
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  •  Rediff -raja sen rating-6
I never quite understood that old saying about witches having feet the other way around. Does it mean that their feet are backwards (toes to back, heel to front) or does it mean that the left foot is in place of right foot, like hurriedly discarded flip-flops?
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  •  koimoi -mohar basu rating-6
Ek Thi Daayan is a rivetingly thought film. An enticing beginning, a well fitted melodious background score, this film will successfully spook you out. However, the film loses its momentum drastically in the second half. Not a cult film, the film deserves a pat only for the powerful performances
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  •  NDTV -saibal chatterjee rating-5
You walk in not quite knowing what to expect. A genre film more often than not plays out along familiar lines, letting the audience always stay a step ahead of the action. Ek Thi Daayan, at least its first half, doesn’t
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  •  Indian Express -shubra gupta rating-6
The best supernatural movies are rooted in the real. Because that's where the dark things live. Because that's where the fears are. A benevolent glance switching to sudden, startling malevolence. An empty room with murderous corners. An eyeball turning dense black. 
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  •  DNA -tushar joshi rating-6
Who doesn’t love to hear a good scary story? We all have had our share of late night sessions that revolved around narrating  favourite supernatural experiences or digging up urban legends and debating their authenticity
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  •  zee news -gayatri sankar rating-6
A film that boasts of an incredibly talented star cast- Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Qureshi - will most definitely leave you in awe, for they have, till date, delivered performances that leave you asking for more
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  •  IBN -rajeev masand rating-4
A very different beast from 'Makdee', his charming directorial debut from eleven years ago, 'Ek Thi Daayan', co-written and co-produced by Vishal Bhardwaj, sees the filmmaker revisit the mythology of witches once again. But where 'Makdee' was an old-fashioned fable about a village witch 
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  •  Deccan Chronicle -khalid mohamed rating-5
By hook or by spook, a child – cute as a button, of course – is into reading a big, fat book. It’s about the inside codes of witchcraft, and that drives him quite daft when he grows up. Result: the psycho narrates his flashback to a hypnotist, and to us. Thanks
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  •  one india -nabanita roy rating-7
Even today, a certain section of our society strongly believe in the existence of blackmagic, tantras and voodoo. After movies like Raaz 3 and Talaash, here's the latest flick by director Kannan Iyer, Ek Thi Daayan, that is an impressively horrifying tale of a daayan (witch), in the most realistic
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Ek Thi Daayan (2013)
6.2 out of 10
based on
13 reviews.