If you speak to the industry wallahs about why Bollywood doesn’t make more horror films, they’ll tell you that because of the compulsory rating, it is difficult for a horror film to recover it costs. Prawal Raman’s ‘Dobaara – See Your Evil’ might just changed that.
According to this Forbes article, the film recovered its production cost over the first weekend, paving the way for it to be a legit hit. Don’t forget, the film had great competition, Wonder Woman, Baywatch, A Death in the Gunj, Sweetiee Weds NRI. This once again adds concrete to the idea that a well made horror film has a set audience in India. Even if you remove Sweetie Weds NRI, a rom-com, from the list, Dobaara had 3 films with a script to defeat, and two of them magnum opuses (or is it opii?)
The film opened to polarizing reviews in a unique way. New media websites like Quint and even new media veteran Sify didn’t quite like it. Deccan Chronicle liked it, Hindustan Times liked it. But a horror film maker knows this trend. The old guard loves Indian horror and watches it. The Internet generation that has a ‘so-whats-new’ idea about Bollywood films, especially horror.
This is the second time that Prawal Raman has surprised the trade with his films. His earlier film, 404: Not Found was a sleeper hit and Dobaara has already recovered it’s costs. As a website celebrating Bollywood horror, we are quite happy that a horror film has recovered its production cost over the first weekend. Let’s hope this one is a blockbuster like those Vishesh films.