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Summary / Analysis
Times of India
: London-based siblings Natasha Merchant (Huma) and Kabir(Saqib) grow up scarred. Separated from each other as children; 11-year-old Kabir is locked up in a mental facility for counselling because he’s suspected to have committed a murder. The brother-sister duo reunite after a decade and this time around, Natasha is sure that she will find the culprit, kill `it’ and exonerate the family name.
: Mirror, Mirror on the wall, are you the most evil of them all? This is a question, 25-year-old Natasha keeps asking a haunted mirror, an exhibit that is waiting to be auctioned in the gallery she works at.
Standing there in front of this object she so despises, she recalls her childhood--when her parents, father Alex (Adil) and her mother Lisa (Lisa), her brother Kabir and their pet Rambo were so blissed out. But she also vividly remembers how things took a turn for the worse, when their dad brought home a `haunted’ mirror. Egged on by the resident ghost in the mirror Ana(Madalina)her father actually shoots her mother. In turn, her brother shoots her father. Quite naturally their lives are torn asunder. Kabir is committed to psychiatric care. Natasha herself is left fending for herself.
A determined Natasha and reticent Kabir plan to destroy the object of their misery. But as it turns out, the mirror itsefl has other plans in store for them.
Adapted from the Hollywood horror film Oculus (2014), Dobaara allows for some moments of fear, apprehension, dread and trepidation. Borrowing the template of the original, this paranormal thriller uses flashback as a technique to spook the audience and it is definitely a notch above the desi horror films of yore. Things play out twice--once when Natasha and Kabir are children and again when they are older, but some of the spooky bits are unintentionally funny. The background score jars and the pace is dreary because it depends too much on repetitive dialogue. This one had the potential to be more, but it seems so stretched that you are almost willing to tear the screen yourself and attempt to silence someone.
The cast—Huma, Saqib and Adil are sincere. But they themselves seem to be victims of a scary (pun-intended) film.
बॉलिवुड की हॉरर फिल्मों में अक्सर हीरो अपनी हीरोइन को भूत के चंगुल से बाहर निकालने में मदद करता है। इनके अलावा फिल्म में कोई तांत्रिक या पादरी या मौलवी भी होते हैं जो भूत पर काबू पाने में हीरो की मदद करते हैं। राज और 1920 सीरीज की भूतिया फिल्में देखने के बाद अगर आप किसी टिपिकल भूत की तलाश में दोबारा जैसी फिल्म देखने जाएंगे तो आपको निराशा ही हाथ लगेगी। यहां आपको डराने वाला कोई टिपिकल भूत नहीं है बल्कि जैसा कि फिल्म के नाम से ही साफ हो रहा है कि इसमें आपके भीतर के पापी की बात की गई है। दरअसल यह बॉलिवुड टाइप की हॉरर फिल्म नहीं बल्कि 2013 में आई एक अमेरिकन हॉरर फिल्म की ऑफिशल रीमेक है। इसे हॉरर के बजाय आप एक साइकॉलजिकल थ्रिलर भी कह सकते हैं, जहां फिल्म के करैक्टर खुद की अनजानी यादों से जूझते नजर आते हैं।
कहानी: फिल्म की कहानी लंदन में रहने वाले एलेक्स मर्चेंट (आदिल हुसैन), उसकी वाइफ लीजा मर्चेंट (लीजा रे) और उनके दोनों बच्चों नताशा मर्चेंट (हुमा कुरैशी) और कबीर मर्चेंट (साकिब सलीम) की है। जब कबीर 11 साल का था तो घर पर हुए एक हादसे में उसके माता-पिता की मौत हो गई थी। उसके बाद कबीर को सुधारगृह में भेज दिया गया था जबकि नताशा ने बाहर रहकर उस सारे वाकये पर रिसर्च की। नताशा का मानना है कि उनके घर में मौजूद एक एंटीक आईना इस सारे फसाद की जड़ है जिसने उसके पापा के हाथों उसकी मां का कत्ल करा दिया जबकि सुधारगृह में रहकर लौटे उसके भाई कबीर का मानना है कि उसके पिता ने मां को गोली मारी और उसके बाद उसने अपने पिता को गोली मार दी। इस उलझन से पार पाने के लिए नताशा कबीर को एक बार फिर उस आईने के साथ अपने पुराने घर में लेकर आती है जहां उसने बाकायदा कैमरा रिकॉर्डिंग का इंतजाम किया हुआ है। इसके बाद दोनों अपने बचपन की यादों को याद करते हैं और अपनी-अपनी यादों के सहारे खुद को सही ठहराने कोशिश करते हैं। इस बीच उनके साथ कुछ अजीब घटनाएं होती हैं। हालांकि उस आइने के रहस्य को जानने के लिए आपको पूरी फिल्म देखनी होगी।
रिव्यू: असल जिंदगी में भाई-बहन हुमा और साकिब ने फिल्म में भाई-बहन के किरदार को संजीदगी से निभाया है और अपने लिए एक नए जॉनर की तलाश भी की है। वहीं, उनके पिता का रोल करने वाले आदिल हुसैन हमेशा की तरह ऐक्टिंग के मामले में लाजवाब रहे हैं जबकि लीजा रे ने भी अपने किरदार को बखूबी निभाया है। इनके अलावा, नताशा और कबीर के बचपन का रोल करने वाले बाल कलाकारों ने भी अच्छी ऐक्टिंग की है। फिल्म का फर्स्ट हाफ थोड़ा बोझिल है तो सेकंड हाफ में फिर भी कहानी की परतें खुलती हैं। हालांकि कहानी इतनी बार मौजूदा दौर से फ्लैश बैक में जाती है कि कई बार आप उससे रिलेट भी नहीं कर पाते। अगर आप स्क्रीन से नजरें हटाएंगे तो हो सकता है कि आप कुछ मिस भी कर दें। वहीं लंदन बेस्ड कहानी होने के चलते फिल्म में इंग्लिश के डायलॉग भी काफी हैं। बावजूद इसके कहा जा सकता है कि डायरेक्टर प्रवाल रमन ने नया एक्सपेरिमेंट किया है और बॉलिवुड में हॉरर फिल्मों के नाम पर महज भूत-प्रेत से कुछ हटकर दिखाने की कोशिश की है।
In this film, a man confronts his fiance over her collection of morbid photos — gracing her wall and computer. She bluntly responds, "I also have a folder called 'wedding' in my computer. A few double clicks reveal her single-minded stock photo collection: a ring, flowers, a wedding dress and everything a greeting card company would get off on. "What are you trying to prove?" he asks, puzzled. "That I'm also a normal girl," she says. But truth be told, she and this film are everything but.
Adapted from Oculus — the 2014 horror surrounding a mirror which spells much mayhem, this one is about Natasha (Huma Qureshi) and her brother Kabir (Saqib Saleem) who has been recently released from a correctional facility. Kabir was convicted for murdering his parents, but the siblings believe the one truly responsible for the heinous act is a piece of furniture—a mirror. Acquired by their father Alex (Adil Hussain) from an antique shop, it is one which conjures a pale Caucasian evil aatma in a cocktail dress called Ana. In her continental accent, Ana's blood red lips mutter, "some stains take centuries to clean" and "human beings are capable of all evils". Naturally, Alex is seduced by all this and begins behaving unnaturally and eventually meets his end. But flashback aside, Natasha has drafted a meticulous plan to destroy the said mirror (whose previous owners have all been eliminated in creatively gruesome manners). But she can't do so without her brother Kabir, who reluctantly joins her. That Ana is a medieval ichchadari witch doesn't evoke a shred of fright but then, she ups her game by appearing in flashes with a chalk-smeared face accompanied by a complementing SFX, hopeful of producing a jolt. What really pulls us out of our skin is watching Natasha repeatedly drone about "killing" the mirror and how capturing the curious events on camera would expose this 'presence' to the world.
Read Also: We make it a point to like each others partners: Siblings Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem 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.
Like the witch in this film stutters in her Italian-Bhojpuri accent, "sabke paas choice hoti hain". So choose wisely and opt for the screen next to the one screening this film.
Dobaara: See your Evil Plot Summary
Natasha Merchant and her young brother Kabir Merchant are playing in the garden outside their house in London with their dog. Their parents Alex (Adil Husain) and Lisa (Lisa Ray) are around. This is one happy family.
But their happiness is shattered when Alex buys an ancient mirror called the Lasser Glass. It so happens that this mirror is haunted and unaware of it, the Merchants give it a prominent place in their home. Slowly weird things begin to happen. Alex who is a family loving man suddenly becomes infatuated with a ghost who lives in the mirror. The lady who is called Ana(Madalina), encourages him to move away from his wife and family. While in her company Alex is usually intoxicated and he starts yelling at his wife and children if they intrude on his privacy, especially in his study. Lisa is concerned about her husbandâs indifferent behaviour. She tells her mother about it. She is also concerned for young Natasha and Kabir.
One day Alex locks up Lisa in the house and ties her down with chains. He tells his children that their mother is losing her mind and hence he had to lock and chain her. The children are scared and try to get to their mum. However Alex picks up a gun and shoots Lisa down. Next thing is, Kabir picks up the gun and shoots his father down. Kabir is then committed to a mental hospital. He tells his doctor that this is the first time that he, and not his dad, was holding the gun in his dream. The doctor says that this is Kabirâs final breakthrough and he is happy that Kabir has taken responsibility for his action. He prepares for Kabirâs release from the hospital.
Meanwhile, we see his now grown sister Natasha who works for an auction firm overseeing an auction where an antique mirror is set to be auctioned off. The mirror, called the "Lasser Glass," is about to be sold for a huge cost. Natasha takes the mirror to her home on the pretext of repairing it before the auction. She then comes to the mental facility to receive Kabir who is being discharged. She takes him out for lunch and tells him that she has found the mirror and within a few days they will kill the mirror because it destroyed their lives.
The following night Kabir and Natasha meet at their home to carry out an experiment that is meant to prove that the glass is evil.
She and Kabir arrive at the house with a small dog. She tells Kabir help her with something before he goes. Kabir carries the mirror and sets it down inside their dadâs study. There are numerous computers and cameras set up, and some kind of device on the ceiling. Natasha tells him it's a kill switch. She tells Kabir he can leave if he'd like, but she needs to get started. He says he will stay for a while.
She has researched the history of the Lasser Glass and begins telling it to the cameras. Every person who has owned the mirror ended up dying tragically. Many of the victims were found dehydrated or malnourished. With each victim, she holds up photos of the victims, crime scenes and locations, which were the pictures previously printed off of her work computer.
One of the timers goes off. The two sit down and eat. Kabir asks her who the tapes are meant for. She says everyone who ever accused Kabir and their father Alex of being murderers. Kabir tells her that their father was a murderer and a sick man. Natasha slaps him and tells him not to speak of their father that way. She then resumes detailing the mirror's history for the camera. We learn that their father had tortured and killed their mother Lisa before Kabir shot their father in front of Natasha. She says she intends to prove that they were all victims of the mirror and not responsible for their actions.
Kabir asks why they don't just destroy the mirror now. Natasha tells him to do so if he can. Kabir takes a stool and walks over to the mirror to smash it. He then puts the stool down and tries to convince Natasha that she is delusional and this is just her trying to cope with what happened. Natasha then demonstrates the kill switch rigged to the ceiling, which is an axe connected to a timer. If the timer isn't reset every half hour, the axe will swing down from the ceiling right into the centre of the mirror.
Natasha tells Kabir that the mirror feeds off of life force, starting with plants and animals. Thus, she has healthy, live plants and the dog in the house so that the mirror can begin feeding from them while she records it. Kabir thinks she is talking a lot of gibberish. He tells her that the plants in their house may have died due to poor water quality, and notes the plants throughout the house are all alive and well. Natasha tells him to give it time and places the dog she brought back in the cage, placing both in the front of the mirror and covering it. The Lasser Glass also interferes with electricity, which is why she has plenty of spare light bulbs and battery-powered devices. As they continue with their experiment, they keep going back into their traumatic past.
Kabir tells Natasha that their father was having an affair and her memories regarding the mirror are fabricated; that it was a bad marriage and that was it. Nat argues she went through everything in the estate and there was no proof of an affair. The two continue arguing until Kabir gets irritated and lets the dog out of its cage and out of the house. Kabir tells Natasha that they must leave and stop this crazy experiment of trying to kill the mirror. She agrees to disarm the trap and take the cameras down, but just as they are about to do so Nat sees that the plants in the house are dead and the cameras have been turned away from the mirror. They replay the tape and see that during their argument they were subconsciously moving the video cameras. Kabir runs outside and attempts to call his doctor, getting an error message each time. He is suddenly distracted by Natasha calling out his name. He is spooked because it turns out he never left the house but had crouched in the hall. When the alarm bell alerts them that it is meal time, Natasha hands Kabir an apple and asks him to help her replace one of the bulbs that have gone out. When she takes a bite of the apple, she finds she has bitten into a light bulb. She pulls the bloody piece of glass out of her mouth in horror.
Natasha leans against the mirror with her eyes closed. She opens them to find the timer for the kill switch is about to go off and runs to reset it. She yells for Kabir and one of the timers goes off. She throws it on the ground.
Kabir and Natasha look in the mirror and see a woman from before, speaking with their father's voice. Nat keeps repeating that it's not real. She looks down and sees young Kabir holding her hand. He pulls away and runs. The woman smiles at Natasha and follows Kabir.
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Kabir walks to the kill switch and sets it off, only seeing afterwards that Natasha was in front of it and has been killed by the kill switch. The mirror appears unharmed.
Kabir is once again arrested for a killing. As he is driving away, he sees the corpses of his entire family in the window of the house. The cops who escort Kabir watch Natasha's video and see Kabir release the axe while Natasha stands in front of the mirror. It seems from the video that Kabir has murdered his sister in cold blood.