Ek Thi Daayan is not a horror film. At best, it's an attempt at a horror film, and a pretty good attempt at that. The good things about this movie, are Konkona Sen Sharma's acting and a few scary scenes that have been shot really well, so they manage to scare you.
As far as the story is concerned, I was not impressed. It could be either because I expected more from a movie that was made by Vishal Bhardwaj, or it could be simply because the story wasn't that great. Or maybe it's the association with Balaji Telefilms. I'm not too sure.
But Ek Thi Daayan is not the worst Bollywood horror movie I've seen in the past year or so. Overall, it's much better when compared with ‘Ghost’ starring Shiny Ahuja that was more of a comedy film that had us laughing all the while, or RGV's ‘Bhoot Returns' which was simply a 3D movie shot from different angles like the bottom of the ground, or the ceiling, or from the bottom of a glass table top and the likes; but I digress.
In comparison to those, it wasn't that bad. I could sit through the movie and watch it with interest without feeling the need to pull my hair out (like I did while I was watching 'Ghost') or fall asleep (like I wanted to while I was watching ' Bhoot Returns'). Here are a few things I did not like about the movie.
1. It starts off well, but later the story and dialogues seem very 90s Bollywood. Not something you would expect to see in 2013.
2. Again, the story is not new. There's the devil, sacrifices need to be made, boy guesses woman is a Daayan because he read it in a book of ancient legends, no one believes him, blah blah blah, same story. Why would I want to watch something I could easily guess?
3. Now this is a funny observation, but something I thought was worth mentioning. Emraan Hashmi's character 'Bobo' had curly hair as a child and when I say curly, I mean like this..
4. Bobo's uniform when he is in school and his kid's uniform is exactly the same. I get that he could be in the same school as his father, but it's hard to believe that they didn't change the uniform in 25 years. I was in my school for about 12 years (from Jr. Kg. to 10th Std.) and our uniform changed three times, so yeah.
Anyway, there isn't much to criticize about the movie. I would say it's worth watching just once, but when you do do that, do not go with any expectations.
I would rate it at 2.5/5, 2 for Konkona and 0.5 for the few scary scenes. :)