Poster for the movie "Darna Zaroori Hai" Zuhair's Lair

Darna Zaroori Hai, 2006

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Darna Zaroori Hai

Five children enter a haunted house and find an old woman. She promises to tell them six scary stories that they won't be able to handle.
20061 h 48 min

The marketing staff should either be replaced or let go of… This poster works, but for the 80’s and the last I checked we were traversing through the year of our Lord, 2018

Nice stuff, not the poster; the horror anthology itself, in parts.

Poor Bachchan, not knowing who or what, just like how his career looked back in the 90’s

Six shorts, helmed by various genre directors and bound by a central theme; Imaginary Ghost directed by the mad-maestro himself, Ram Gopal Varma (Sarkar, 2005); this anthology has mostly everything going for it, from an outstanding cast (Arjun Rampal to Amitabh Bachchan to the guy from Slumdog Millionaire and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and everyone in-between), to dense, thick with trepidation and doubt, set design. Mostly, because it takes cheap shots, in certain segments, at the audience with a forceful relief to a build up that deserves much more.

The BANCA nightmare

Others like, A Bride’s Revenge by J.D. Chakravarthy and starring two favourite underdogs; Zakir Hussain and Randeep Hooda and Ghostly Audition by Jiji Philip are truly menacing in intent and visual. Imaginary Ghost (the shawarma) frightened me so much that it gave me nostalgia. Ha!

The old witch (credited as the Old Woman Storyteller (Ava Mukherjee) is what nightmares are made of. She is not the one on the poster but an old lady, in an abandoned house, telling ghost stories to little children who by the end of each tale have been transformed; one by unfortunate one), that and the fact that the staircase scene has to be one of the most anxiety-ridden sequences ever. That and the man at the wrong place, wrong time, appropriate body and the revelation of the stranded man in need of a phone are some of the sequences that keep the film from disappearing completely.

Man-crush in distress (Arjun Rampal)

Can be watched with dinner.

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