Darna Mana Hai (2003)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 4 mins

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Six city students take refuge in deserted ruins when stranded on a highway, and start telling each other scary stories to keep amused. The stories include: A husband trying to scare his wife; a man stuck at a creepy "healthy hotel"; a school teacher spooked by a child's homework; a housewife scared of apples; a bizarre lift on a freeway; and a college kid with an unusual power. Unlike the usual Indian horror film, this does not resort to sound effects and visuals for thrills. Each sketch has its moments, though a couple of them could have been brilliant with small script changes, and a resistance to oversimplifying. Most of the actors do decent jobs, especially Raghubir Yadav as the freaked-out school-teacher.

Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Isha Koppikar, Nana Patekar, Saif Ali Khan, Sameera Reddy, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Sohail Khan, Vivek Oberoi

Crew: Prawal Raman (Director), Vishal Sinha (Director of Photography), Salim Merchant (Music Director), Sulaiman Merchant (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Adventure, Horror

Release Dates: 25 Jul 2003 (India)

Tagline: Six stories. One ending.

Hindi Name: डरना मना है

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as Purab
as Abhilasha
as John Rodrigues
as Anil Manchandani
as Shruti
as Gayathri
as Karan
as Amar
as Anjali
as Hotel Owner
as Romi
as Neha
Supporting Actress
as Dayashankar Pandey
as Dev
as Apple vendor
as Pramila's Mother
as Sanjay
Supporting Actor
as Serial-Killer






Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Sound Designer
Sound Mixer
Assistant Mix Engineer


Art Director



Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator


Stunt Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: Zee Music
Lyricist: Lalit Marathe
Playback Singer: Clinton Cerejo
Lyricist: Lalit Marathe
Playback Singer: Ravi Khote
Lyricist: Lalit Marathe
Playback Singer: Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan
Six stories. One ending.
Filming Locations:
Revealing Mistakes
The hotel where Anil stays is 3 story building when shown from far. But when he walks close to the hotel it becomes two story building.

Revealing Mistakes
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.

In the 'Stop' story, in the end Aftab Shivdasni stands in front of mirror and says 'stop' to himself. This petrifies him and later on he is always shown with his mouth open in a long smile, which can't possibly happen, because as soon as he said 'Stop', he is petrified, and after speaking 'stop' one's mouth ought to be closed with lips protruding outward, not with a mouth open in smile.
Movie Connection(s):
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Followed by: Darna Zaroori Hai (Hindi)