The story that binds them together, the story of the old woman and the kids, is so predictable, you can see it a mile off. And honestly, calling a film director in one of the episodes, Karan Chopra, is terribly juvenile. Ram Gopal Varma has neither a great sense of humour, nor of horror. Even the actors are all cast true to image leaving nothing at all for the hapless audience to guess about.
Actor: Manoj Pahwa. Director: Sajid Khan.
Pahwa is a film buff. He watches every new release in the night show on the first day itself. Just as he readies himself to visit a nearby theatre to catch the new release DARNA MANA HAI, his mother cautions him against taking the route via the graveyard. Pahwa dismisses his mother's plea since he doesn't believe in ghosts. On his way back, he dies of cardiac failure outside the graveyard.
Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh. Director: Ramgopal Varma.
An aged professor [Bachchan] believes there's someone in his house. At times, the 'invisible person' rushes to the kitchen. Sometimes, he makes himself comfortable on the chair. Is the professor hallucinating? The professor tries to explain the situation to his student [Ritesh], who revolts and in fact advices him to seek psychiatric help. The 'invisible man' finally appears in the mirror.
Actors: Arjun Rampal, Bipasha Basu, Makrand Deshpande. Director: Prawal Raman.
One fateful night, a stranger [Arjun] knocks on the doors of a secluded bungalow. His car has had a breakdown, he needs a mechanic, he ought to make a phone call. The couple [Bipasha, Makrand] living in this house is eccentric. Both constantly try to scare Arjun. When Arjun states that he doesn't believe in ghosts and spirits, Makrand decides to call the spirits. There's a knock on the door and the spirit refuses to go back.
Actors: Suniel Shetty, Sonali Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav. Director: Vivek Shah.
A Maharashtrian couple [Suniel, Sonali] have an unexpected visitor in the form of a weird salesman [Rajpal Yadav]. He claims to be an insurance agent, but in actuality he's a thief who wants to rob the couple. In the melee that follows, Rajpal pulls the trigger of the pistol and bang!
Actors: Anil Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat. Director: Jijy Philip.
A leading film-maker [Anil] wants to change lanes. After making a couple of family dramas, he is keen to make a horror film next. He decides to write the concluding portions of his script at his bungalow in Khandala. En route, he spots a lone lady [Mallika] and offers to give her a lift till Khandala. When they reach the film-maker's bungalow, the lady tells him that she's a ghost who had died on the Mumbai-Pune highway.
Actors: Randeep Hooda, Zakir Hussain, Rasika Joshi. Director: Chekeravarthy.
On a rainy night, a young man [Randeep] accidentally bumps into a woman. He is petrified. The next morning, when he opens his eyes, he finds himself in the police lock-up. He is accused of murdering a man. He claims he's innocent. The cop [Zakir] refuses to buy the story. The mother of the victim [Rasika] arrives at the police station. And skeletons tumble out of the cupboard.
The old lady and five children. Director: Manish Gupta.
Five kids take shelter in a dilapidated bungalow. There's an old woman in the house. She starts narrating stories. Slowly, the kids die of shock one after the other. Without doubt, the worst part of the enterprise. Unimaginative writing, lackluster direction.
'Darna Zaroori Hai' turns out to be a lukewarm album that doesn't really hold your attention much. One of the weakest musical scores from a RGV film, one wonders if the album may have sounded better if it was made of background pieces from the film, just like in case of 'Satya'?
Amitabh Bachchan is simply brilliant in his part of the film. Riteish Deshmukh balances him superbly in the best episode of the lot, obviously directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Manoj Pahwa is magnificent, and it's impossible not to warm up to him. Mallika Sherawat does a strong job, and Anil Kapoor is predictably fine, not to mention hilarious. Sonali Kulkarni is given nothing, but is powerfully expressive, Rajpal Yadav simply rocks, and Makarand Deshpande proves again that we should see him a lot more often. Bipasha Basu, unsurprisingly, looks gorgeous.
On the whole, Darna Zaroori Hai is a must see.