Dobaara See Your Evil Review by Bollywood Hungama
When it released, OCULUS turned out to be a rather path breaking film in the horror thriller genre which gradually builds up on the story revealing details as the film progress. However, in the case of DOBAARA, much of the story line is already known, which lends the viewer a sense of been there done that. But, despite this director Prawaal Raman undertakes the task of unravelling a horror mystery layer by layer as the film progresses. Sadly DOBAARA suffers from the same disease that plagues Indian horror films. Unfortunately despite the fact that the film could have been a stand out experience in this genre, it falters due to a rather underdeveloped screenplay and characterization. In fact, the first half of the film ends up being rather slow, with the progression on screen taking place at a snail’s pace. If that wasn’t all, each time the suspense builds up with the the audience expecting something to happen, the scene changes leaving the viewer in free fall. This sudden switching though acts as a roller coaster ride, becoming tiresome after a point. However, though the second half of the film does pick up in pace, sadly, the dual time lines and the constant switching back and forth leave the viewer disoriented and confused. With the duality of timelines and the never ending roller coaster ride, the audience eventually loses interest in the plot and keeps waiting for something to happen.
Dobaara See Your Evil Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India
Adapted from the Hollywood horror film Oculus (2013), Dobaara allows for some moments of fear, apprehension, dread and scare. Borrowing the template of the original, this paranormal thriller uses flashback as a technique to spook the audience and it is definitely above the desi horror, the Bollywood audience is subjected to. The recollections are a mix of illusions and nightmares that the lead players see, each time they look into the haunted mirror. This one had the potential to be more, but it seems so stretched at times that you are almost willng to get behind the screen yourself and kill someone.
Dobaara See Your Evil Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
As far as chemistry that you expect from real-life siblings Huma and Saqib go, there’s not much to be seen on the screen. But the second half, which is filled with some smart thrills and scary moments, redeems the film. Watch this if you are in the mood for a creepy film whose intention is to startle you, but not designed for gross shock value.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
All Huma Qureshi had to do to crack this, was to appear sufficiently petrified. But she sways from delirious to exhausting and like this film, is loud and insufferable. If Saqib Saleem has any potential, this film didn’t allow him to deliver on it. So, to be fair, he should be given a second chance so that we can see him on the big screen dobaara, provided he wisens up about the projects he picks. Agreed director Prawaal Raman has a faint body of work to defend or live up to. But this doesn’t entitle him to reduce horror to hilarity. To desi-fy a screenplay would mean adapting the same to meet local perceptions and expectations. Raman reads this as Ramsay-fying the witch and amplifying the howling.
Review by Rajat Tripathi on Bollywood Life
Dobaara is a movie where multiple timelines need to interlock and evoke confusion. The plot required the past and the present to merge to an extent that it made no sense, and paranoia ensued. But the ‘not making sense’ part was taken way too seriously, and the cuts literally made no sense. A scene that is left hanging in middle, fifteen minutes later, suddenly holds relevance to a whole different scene – and the switch between the two scenes is horrible. The background score adds zero value to the plot. It could have been done better.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Prawaal knows his strength and focusses more on jolt-giving scenes, but two scenes need a cohesive factor. However, Dobaara’s 145-minute duration saves him to some extent on this front. It’s a faithful remake of Oculus and can make your hair stand at times. Hindi filmmakers rarely achieve such finesse in mostly predictable paranormal stories. Feel the chills.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Dobaara: See Your Evil uses the tried and tested tropes of horror films and mixes them with the conventions of a psychological chamber drama. The resultant concoction is delivered with stylistic panache but without passion. Bollywood scare-fests tend to be more laughable than frightening. This one isn’t. But it is frequently too baffling for comfort. Teaming up with real-life sibling Saqib Saleem, Huma Qureshi, notwithstanding the improbably coiffured look that she wears through her supernatural ordeal, is never less than convincing as the petrified woman up against eerie elements she wants to tame. Saqib, too, is effective, if not consistent, as the boy who has been through hell.
Review by Prasanna D Zore on Rediff
Dobaara, at times, especially after the interval, gets repetitive with flashback flip-flops every second frame. That, in part, succeeds in spooking the viewer, but the background score doesn’t add to the eerie air that director Prawaal Raman tries to imbue the film with.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
The best part of the film is its direction. Prawaal Raman is certainly one of the most underrated directors of our times. Handling a subject of a possessed mirror by keeping the thriller element alive till the last frame isn’t an easy job. The treatment of the film is its USP. Though it’s an official remake, Prawaal makes it look like a completely fresh film. The pace of the screenplay is a little sloppy especially in the first half (which is the only drawback of the film) but the second half will keep you glued till the climax. Prawaal’s films have their own set of spine chilling moments. Like his previous fares, this one too is spooky and intense but at the same time, unlikely to appeal to a certain strata of the society because it might prove to be too cerebral for the average viewer. But then again, we need filmmakers like Prawaal to keep the bar high. Keeping the commercial aspects alive, Dobaara is certainly a good watch in the horror genre.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
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.
Dobaara See Your Evil Review by Indiaglitz
Director Prawaal Raman ends up delivering a mediocre project. The film fails to connect in its conversational as well as horror part. Huma Qureshi fails to get inside the skin of her character. Madalina Bellairu hams to the fullest. ‘Dobaara’ is an unworthy clone of its original film. Even the die-hard horror film lovers would prefer to stay away from this boring non-horror film.
Review by Shweta Kulkarni on Nowrunning
For a horror movie there are so much dialog you want to tear your hair out. There are no silences at all. The brother and the sister talk, talk and talk some more. And as the film crawls ahead, the dialog just becomes incoherent. It’s a relief to see credits roll.
Review by Sonil Dedhia on Mid-Day India
Dobaara has certain promising moments, but they are far and few, making the viewer impatient, and eventually uninterested. As the scares improve in the second half, with ghost-induced hallucinations dominating the action, the past and present start to overlap. These sequences are executed well but aren’t backed by good direction or acting.
Review by IANS on Sify
On the performance front, every actor seems to execute their part perfunctorily. Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem, though siblings in real life, seem to be distant on screen and their performance lacks lustre. They fail to internalise their fear and hence their act seems shallow and fake. Similarly, the enthusiasm of the character seems to be lost on Adil Hussain and Lisa Ray who plays his wife. This is evident when Adil mechanically recites the poem, “Fi fie, foe, fum, I smell the blood of an English mana.” The rest of the characters seem like mere pawns on the board.
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