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Will Darna Mana Hai work?

Subhash K Jha | July 23, 2003 16:27 IST

Filmmakers Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ram Gopal Varma arepoles apart interms of creativity. Yet they share a common ground. They have both made episodic Hindi films.

Saif Ali Khan in Darna Mana HaiMusafir (1957) was Mukherjee's first film as director. Written by renowned Bengali filmmaker Ritwick Ghatak, Musafir recounted the story of three sets of characters living in one house. The first story was about a newly married woman (Suchitra Sen) desperately trying to reconcile her husband with his family. The second story featured Kishore Kumar as a joblessmansupporting his father and widowed sister. In the third story, Dilip Kumar loses his mental equilibrium after his bride disappears on their wedding day.

The film was propped up by fabulous camerawork and haunting music by Salil Chaudhary.Post Musafir, there has never been an episodic Hindi film until Darna Mana Hai, which marks the directorial debut of Prawaal Raman.Formerly an assistant to Varma, Raman approached the prolific filmmaker with his script involving six stories with one common ending. Varma was game.

From Vijay Bhaskar Rao in Tujhe Meri Kasam to Anurag Basu in Saaya, Raman is the latest in the long line of debutant directors this year. But, except Amit Saxena who directed the sizzling Jism, allof them have failed to make any impact.

Will Raman break the jinx? Especially when his film dares tobe strikingly different in mainstream Hindi cinema?

Darna Mana Hai is neither a horror nor a supernatural thriller. It is neither a conventional drama nor an unconventional satire. Like Musafir, it creates a genre of its own by castingstars and using them in individual episodes.

Isha Koppikar and Aftab Shivdasani in Darna Mana HaiDirector A Bhim Singh also tried narrating his Naya Din Nayi Raat in an episodic way to some extent.The plot involved a runaway bride (Jaya Bhaduri) bumping into nine different characters played by Sanjeev Kumar.

The stars too aren't their usual selves in such films. Suchitra Sen in Musafir was a far cry from her regular image. Likewise, Shilpa Shetty in Darna Mana Hai is a scream. Other stars like Vivek Oberoi, Saif Ali Khan and Nana Patekar shed their starry plumes to get into the thick of their roles

While a nervous Raman waits for the verdict on his film, releasingJuly 25, new wavecinema appears all set to hit the celluloid.

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Sub: film was shown on channel 4 last night.

i was watching darna mana hai on channel 4 last night and thought it was a very scary but brilliant film.

Posted by stephen craik

Sub: good

i saw darna mana hai is really 2 good . money is recover by watching this movie.all the stories r 2 good specially saif ali ...

Posted by divakar

Sub: Excellent

I have only word to say "Excellent" But Ram gopal verma deserve for more.After seeing this movie I feel that he is just the right ...

Posted by Anand

Sub: opinions

so many negative comments and sweeping statements-before knowing a thing about movies, or even seeing the movie being talked about. Good thing none of you ...

Posted by Namrata

Sub: It will work

Darna Mana Hai will definitely work with those who like different kind of films and not the mushy melodramas. But films like DMH have to ...




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