Dobaara: See your Evil
STORY: 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.

REVIEW: 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.

(Times Of India)