Top Five Scary Movies of Bollywood
Bollywood has made films of all genres since eras. Like romance is celebrated in almost every Hindi film, horror is also an important element. In the older times, a woman clad in a skimpy white saree and her hair long and open, walking through spooky and dark paths was symbolic of horror movies. With changing technology, even horror movies are made with state-of-the-art techniques and have been awarded in important forums.
In the league of ‘must watch’ horror movies, the 1980 film ‘Gehrayee’ is at the fifth position. The film was directed by Vikas Desai and Aruna Raje and starred Sriram Lagoo and actress Padmini Kolhapure. The plot of the film was based on an American horror film ‘The Exorcist’. The film had a lot of haunting scenes with apt music to create the ultimate fear for the audience watching it.
4. Jaani Dushman
The fourth position is held by Rajkumar Kohli’s ‘Jaani Dushman’ that released in 1979. This multi-starrrer film revolved around the story of Jwala Prasad who killed every bride that came across him after his own bride-to-be betrayed him. The film cast the who’s who of the industry including Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Rekha, Neetu Singh and Reena Roy. The film made records at the box office and the ghostly scenes and eerie music has still remained afresh in the minds of the viewers.
The second runner up position goes to Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Raaz’. Inspired by Hollywood flick ‘What Lies Beneath’, the film hit the theatres in 2002 under the banner of Vishesh Films. Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea played the lead roles of a married couple who make an effort to replenish their failing relationship in the picturesque valleys of Ooty. Here, Sanjana (Bipasha Basu) comes to know about the reality of her husband’s extra-marital affair with a woman (played by debutant Malini Sharma) after she is haunted by the woman’s aatma. The movie went to become the biggest hit of the year and Bipasha Basu received critical acclaims for her performance. The songs composed by Nadeem-Shravan went on to top the charts for a long time.
Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Bhoot’ is at the second position in this list. Produced by Nitin Manmohan, the film did good business at the box office after it released in 2003. ‘Bhoot’ was one of the modern versions of horror movies in Bollywood. It starred Urmila Matondkar as Swati and Ajay Devgan as Vishal. The plot revolves around the possessed Swati who is haunted by her neighbour’s ghost. The film captured headlines for being one of the first Bolly movies that had no song and dance sequence. The story was well complemented by screechy background score by the talented duo of Sailm - Sulaiman.
Yester year’s horror flick ‘Mahal’ tops the charts for its still-so-fresh scary looks. It released way back in 1949 and was written and directed by Kamal Amrohi, tragic queen Meena Kumari’s husband. It became the launch pad for superstar Madhubala and veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar. Ashok Kumar played the lead role and the story of the film was based on the gothic concept of reincarnation. The song ‘Aayega aane wala’ still remains as a favourite for music lovers.
Scary plots in the backdrop of dark and skittish ambiences have always attracted cine-lovers. Horror is loved in Bollytown as much as romance and colours. We hope that the black colour of fear and fright continues to entertain the masses forever…..in time!