‘Dobaara’ movie review By G9 Divya Solgama


Right since the silent era, our filmmakers have been highly inspired by some international films. While some tried to enhance those films by adapting them brilliantly, there were many others who frame to frame aped these films. There were several genres which never existed in our country and were the results of these inspired international films. Horror is one such genre which has been highly influenced from popular international horror films. Right from ‘The Exorcist’, ‘The Entity’, ‘What Lies Beneath’, ‘The Eye’, ‘Shutter’, ‘Alone’, ‘Child’s Play’ and many other international horror films found themselves being officially and unofficially being remade in our Hindi films. The latest to join this list is ‘Dobaara’, which is an official adaptation of an American horror film ‘Oculus’. The ‘Oculus’ itself was based on a short horror film with the same name, which contained only one setting, a single actor and a mirror. The short film was enhanced and made into a full length feature film which did right justice to the short film. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Dobaara’ will manage to do right justice to the original film or might end up being framed to frame copy.

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‘Dobaara’ is a story of Natasha Merchant (Huma Qureshi) and her brother Kabir Merchant (Saqib Saleem). Their childhood was totally traumatized due to the mysterious death of their mother, Lisa Merchant (Lisa Ray) and Kabir killing his father Alex Merchant (Adil Hussain). The day Kabir gets released, Natasha drags him back to their old house where there is an ancient mirror which as per her is the reason for the killing of their parents. Natasha feels that the mirror is haunted and possess dark powers which can manipulate people around it. Natasha decides to record entire happenings in a video format and later destroy the haunted mirror. Sadly, things does not go in the favour of Natasha and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technical Details:

The story as we all know is adapted from Hollywood’s film ‘Oculus’ and people who have seen the original will find ‘Dobaara’ as a weak clone. The writers try their level best to create an interesting screenplay by inserting the flashback moments at frequent intervals. The flashback scenes work due to its intriguing factor, but the contemporary scenes fail to connect with its viewers. The entire conversation between Huma and Saqib looks highly pretentious, verbose and forced. There is no chemistry or connectivity in all the scenes featuring Huma and Saqib. Luckily, all the scenes featuring Adil Hussain are worth watching for sure. His track is interesting as well as engaging. The confusion in the finale track was a bit overdone and the movie suddenly ends and leaves its audiences on a disappointing note. The whole concept is fantastic, but the execution is not up to the mark. There are no scary scenes or even one of those forced scene which has all the chills present in it. It’s just forced confusion and long tales, which keeps you miles away from the horror genre. The cinematography is good and gives the movie an international touch.

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The background music is average. The gun shots are bit loud and some of the music pieces were unwanted.


Director Prawaal Raman is known for making some good films like ‘404: Error Not Found’, ‘Darna Mana Hai’ and few more. His ‘404: Error Not Found’ is considered as one of the finest psychological horror from recent times. Sadly, in ‘Dobaara’ despite of setting right mood he 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. Despite of being an England born citizen, one can find her talking without the accent, lacks the body mannerisms and ends up delivering weak expressions. In front of her, Saqib Saleem is a bit better, but ends up being a victim of a half-baked character. The conversations between Huma and Saqib lacks the magic and engrossing factor. Adil Hussain is superb in his part. He makes the movie going and delivers his part with total grace. Lisa Ray, Abhishek Singh, Rysa Saujani and Rhea Chakraborty are fine in their small parts. Madalina Bellairu hams to the fullest.

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Final Verdict:

So on an overall basis, ‘Dobaara’ is like a hazy reflection of its original film. One can sense the horror genre, but fails to capture it.

Rating – 1.5/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]