Mana Hai (meaning you must not be frightened), is a compilation
of six individual stories.
friends get stranded in a dense forest one chilly night when their
car breaks down.
no other alternative, they seek shelter for the night in an old
ruin. They soon settle down to enjoy each others company.
to be adventurous, they come up with the idea that each individual
should tell a horror story.
diverse stories each with an unconventional twist begin to unfold.
we have the first tale of a married couple, Karan (Sohail Khan)
and Anjali (Antara Mali) whose car breaks down on an isolated road.
to Karan’s habit of playing pranks, the couple end up in a very
second story revolves around Anil (Saif Ali Khan), a chain smoker,
on his way to Mumbai.
books into a hotel for the night. But the eccentric owner (Boman
Irani) hates cigarettes.
third in this series is about a school-teacher, Dayashankar Pandey
(Raghuvir Yadav) who is obsessed about homework.
to his obsession, he is haunted by childhood demons in the form
of a little student Pramila.
there is the paranoid housewife (Shilpa Shetty) who buys the 'mysterious'
apples from a weird vendor (Rajpal Yadav) but find that she is being
‘haunted’ by the fruit!
is followed by the most interesting tale of all which is a conversation
between Vivek Oberoi and Nana Patekar.
for a bus after visiting the graveyard, a hitchhiker (Nana Patekar)
gets a lift from a youngster (Vivek Oberoi).
suddenly something strange happens during the journey.
final story is that of a student (Aftab Shivdasani) who wants to
commit suicide because he feels neglected by his family and the
girl he is in love with (Isha Koppikar).
one day, he gains the magical powers which helps him get the girl
of his dreams.
these tales unfold, they become part of a horrifying story which
promises to frighten the wits out of you!
this be the Bollywood version of the Blair Witch Project
and the Twilight Zone? See for yourselves.
highlight of the film is its background score which enhances the
no songs to hinder the storyline, the film keeps you glued to your
involves the use of the hand-held camera throughout the movie which
explains why I mentioned the Blair Witch Project earlier.
Mana Hai is a film which falls into the ‘film noire’ genre.
The movie can be described as an intelligent piece of Bollywood
may not appeal to the masses. But having said this, its reassuring
to know that Bollywood is venturing into unknown terrorities as
far as film making is concerned.
are the days when we are subjected to run of the mill love stories.
is the spice of life. Bollywood for one is certainly taking
heed of this motto!
by Manish Gajjar, BBC Shropshire’s Mr Bollywood.