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Darna Mana Hai (2003)

Not Rated | | Horror | 25 July 2003 (India)
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Seven friends, after their car breaks down in the middle of the night, find shelter and tell one another stories to kill time till dawn.


Prawaal Raman


Atul Sabharwal, Rajnish Thakur (as Rajneesh Thakur) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sameera Reddy ... Shruti
Antara Mali ... Anjali
Sohail Khan ... Karan
Saif Ali Khan ... Anil Manchandani (Photographer)
Boman Irani ... Hotel owner
Raghuvir Yadav ... Dayashankar Pandey (Teacher)
Revathi ... Pramila's mother (as Revathy)
Shilpa Shetty Kundra ... Gayathri (as Shilpa Shetty)
Sanjay Kapoor ... Sanjay
Nana Patekar ... John Rodrigues
Vivek Oberoi ... Amar
Aftab Shivdasani ... Purab
Sushant Singh
Isha Koppikar ... Abhilasha
Rajpal Yadav ... Apple vendor


Seven friends are traveling from a forest when their car breaks down in the dark to cut their time they decide to tell horror stories.But after each story one of the friend gets scared and goes back to the car. 1) Karan and Anjali get stuck in the forest when their car suddenly stops while the Anjali sees her Karan going into creep but next moment he is standing besides her claiming to be normal . 2) Anil Manchandani whose a smoker and checks into a hotel whose owner is weird and hates smoking. 3) A little girl Pramila whose not god at studies and has several complaints from her teacher Dayashankar Pandey.But suddenly the teacher starts to get scared of her due to change in her behavior. 4) A housewife Gayatri finds a apple seller suspicious and next morning sees that things around her have turned into apple including her husband. 5) John who is waiting outside a graveyard for a lift when Amar lets him in his car he revels that he died few days back. 6) Purab whose considered a loser ... Written by alex.mjacko@gmail.com

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Six stories. One ending.




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Did You Know?


Nana Patekar's and Vivek Oberoi story was borrowed from the popular TV show MTV Bakra hosted by Cyrus Broacha. See more »


When Karan's ghost drove away with his wife after putting water in the car's engine, the brake lights of his car were on as the car's distance increased from the camera indicating that it was not actually being driven but rather being hauled away by something else as the driver's foot was on the brakes. See more »


References Campfire Tales (1997) See more »


Darna Mana Hai
Written by Lalit Marathe
Composed by Salim Merchant and Salim Merchant
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan and Ninad Kamat
Courtesy of Zee Music
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one of the best creative works in Indian cinema.

DARNA MANA HAI is the most refreshing movie of the year 2003.....and those who put it out as a crap are just a bunch of fools who have no idea of movie making.nor do they know the pulse of all the viewers. .

The only disappointment with this movie is that it has been advertised as horror...but is not much of it...its actually a fantasy thriller.

the movie is full of creative zests....something that few foul reviewers cant identify with....the BACKGROUND SOUNDTRACK and Camera-work are worth special mention.Though the film has many newcomers, they have delivered their parts very well, and the acting on the whole is quite good. also, the direction is slick and technically brilliant,although the screenplay needed some corrections. few of the stories were simply amusing and not scary at all....but they should be appreciated for their strange themes. Overall, a very good movie if you care for some really imaginative work. this one {supposed to be inspired from twilight zone, creep show...etc...} is much better than its Hollywood counterparts and cannot be ignored as a spin off..its nothing like it. A Truly GREAT AND CREATIVE MOVIE....WORTH WATCHING MANY TIMES.

P.S:--those who complain about the weird stories should be reminded that this is not a typical bollywood fare and is meant for those who like this subject, ONLY...the others can watch their own crap and need not post their stupid and idiotic comments.!!!

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25 July 2003 (India) See more »

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$82,347, 27 July 2003

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2.35 : 1
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