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Makdee (Spider) is an Indian-made kids' adventure thriller released in 2002.

Life in Chunni's village is peaceful, and fun for Chunni, as she fools the villagers with her impersonation of her twin sister, Munni, and plays pranks on everyone.

However, in the village, there is a mansion that is said to be haunted and legend goes that a witch called Makdee resides there. The legend has it that whosoever wonders into the mansion, comes out as an animal. When one of Chunni's pranks backfires, Munni is mistaken for Chunni and chased into the mansion, where she is changed into a hen. Chunni freaks out and tells everyone else about what happened, but her reputation in the village doesn't help her cause, and no-one believes her.

She enters the mansion alone to search for her sister, where she pleads with the witch to let her go. But the witch gives her a deal: she will turn Munni back into a human only if Chunni can steal a hundred hens in exchange.


Chunni then has to worry about Munni possibly being killed by the local butcher, as well as having to actively fake the role of both herself and her sister, while she tries to pacify the witch to get her sister back.

This film contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Played straight initially. Then it turns out later on that there are adults who will take Chunni and her friend seriously when they explain what happened.
  • Always Identical Twins: Chunni and Munni, much to Munni's misfortune.
  • Antagonist Title: It's named after Makdee the witch, who's the source of the problems.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Munni's transformation into a hen. And later, her teacher's transformation into a dog when he tries to help. Ultimately subverted when it turns out to be a magic trick.
  • Big Bad: Makdee, the NOT witch.
  • Blood Lust: Makdee loves drinking blood from her victims. It turns out to be grape juice.
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  • Crying Wolf: Chunni's problem with lying means no-one will help her with her mission, and no-one will rescue Munni from the witch's house.
  • Fat Best Friend: Mughal-E-Azam, Chunni's friend who helps out, is mostly the Type B, the Shrinking Violet.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The witch's trap door is used against her by Chunni.
  • Human Ladder: The kids have to stand on each other's shoulders to escape a pit they're trapped in.
  • Ironic Echo: Chunni is called "the heroine of the village" sarcastically early in the film, then legitimately later on.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chunni, even the Butcher who is rude to Chunni but saves the day.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Makdee, whose arrival reduces the humour quotient drastically. Even after she is revealed not to be a witch, she remains evil.
  • Large Ham: Who knew Shabana Azmi was capable of chewing the scenery so well?
  • Made a Slave: What really happens to kids who are captured by the witch.
  • Narm Charm: Almost all the scenes with Shabana Azmi.
  • Police Are Useless: There are two bumbling cops in the movie who are played for comic relief, and are of no help to the kids. In fact, they're actively evil and in on the "Scooby-Doo" Hoax.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: It turns out... the witch is not really a witch at all. Which means the transformations are fake as well, and the people who got lost in her house are actually being held prisoner.
  • Trap Door: One of the witch's traps in her house.
  • Twin Switch: When Munni is changed into a hen, Chunni has to use this to fake being both her sister and herself.
  • Zillion-Dollar Bill: A statue that the witch is forcing the kids to dig up for her. She remarks that it's worth a million... emphasizing that it's worth a million dollars, not rupees.


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