Best spine tingling Bollywood horror movies

When one thinks of Bollywood horror movies, the first thing that comes to mind is a Ramsay flick with lose story lines, bad acting and terrible makeup that make them more comedy than horror. However, we’ve dug up a few Bollywood horror films that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand and have you walking cautiously in your home after dark. Raat (1992) Considered one of RVG’s best work, this supernatural thriller doesn’t try too hard to be a horror film. The story picks up when a kitten is killed and its spirit rises and possesses the body of the leading lady. We assure you that you won’t look at cats the same way again. 1920 (2008) This film has everything you’d need to make a horror film. A huge isolated mansion, a young couple, and mysterious characters all around. Yes, it checks off every cliché in the horror book, but what sets this movie apart is the sheer beauty of every shot and the artistic input in every scene. Watch this for guaranteed chills down your spine.   Raaz (2002) Sometimes, the best pieces of work come from inspiration. This holds true for Razz, inspired from Hollywood’s ‘What Lies Beneath’. This film set the tone for the barrage of horror films BipashaBasu would star in later. While Michelle Pfeiffer did a commendable job in the Hollywood original, Bipasha managed to match her in every way. Ragini MMS (2011) Another horror movie that takes inspiration from Hollywood. Unlike its sequel, this one didn’t have the presence of Sunny Leone, but that didn’t stop the crowds from filling up theatres nationwide. Full of thrills and chills, you can be sure of a few sleepless nights after watching this movie. 13B (2009) This one comes packed with jump-off-your-seat moments. It doesn’t fall back on the usual devices of spooky background scores or unusual camera angles to bring the chills, but is backed by a strong script and an ensemble cast that delivers everything a horror movie fan looks for. This is definitely a much watch. Mahal (1949) We go a little back in time to perhaps Bollywood’s first horror movie. Mahal is based on the subject of reincarnation. A piece of cinematic history, Mahal has managed to scare the daylights of many a generation, with a great plot, brilliant acting and minimal special effects. Shaapit (2010) If you didn’t believe in curse sand evil spirits, you may change your mind after watching this. The third instalment in the Raaz trilogy, Shaapit is sure to send chills down your spine. Like every VikramBhatt film, what sets this film apart is the stylish treatment, ensuring that every scene leaves you wanting more. EkThiDaayan (2013) This film caught eyeballs for trying to do something new. It’s a cross between a traditional horror flick and a creepy and thought provoking paranormal thriller. This supernatural drama may seem unrealistic, but the cinematic treatment and the tight storyline more than makes up for it. Not to mention the almost natural portrayal of a daayan by Konkona Sen. You may want to watch this one with your lights on. Darna Mana Hai (2003) We start and end our list with RGV, who made horror films his forte. Let’s face it. It’s not the most innovative script. It’s not the cinematic excellence showcase. RGV manages to pack in 6 eerily creative short stories in one movie, each of them with their own twists and surprises. This one may not scare you, but it will leave you thinking about it for the days to come.

Bollywood’s most memorable recent moments – Behind the scenes

‘You never know till you shoot it’ seems hold true while making a film, and rightly so. Film-making is a constantly adaptive process with directors making adjustments till the scene is finally shot. We take a look at a few such memorable moments in the past few years and the story behind those final scenes. Dangal (2016) The movie will be known for all round great performances, a great screenplay and storyline. However, one moment in the movie has an especially interesting story behind it. When the scene was originally planned, it was meant to be in private with only Mahavir Singh Phogat and Geeta and Babita in the scene. In the scene, Aamir Khan and Fatima Sana Shaikh’scharacters end up wrestling in order to prove their previous argument about whose grip technique is right. Needless to say, Mahavir has the upper hand and proves himself right. But as filming of the scene began the crew realised that the scene would set a bigger tone to the story and building of characters if this embarrassment of being proved wrong happened in front of the other kids. Before shooting the scene, Aamir walked up to Director, NiteshTiwarito tell him that she’s going to fall hard on the ground. Aamir ended up slamming her on the ground which made Nitesh jump off his seat!   Udta Punjab (2016) Sometimes a memorable scene changes the entire story of the movie. If you’re familiar with the movie, you’ll remember the scene when Mary Jane sees Tommy beaten up in the street. She picks up a glass bottle and starts beating up the gang. However, during shooting this scene, Director, AbhishekChaubey, decided that Alia Bhatt’s character should be a hockey player, with the following explanation – Since Hockey is a popular sport in Punjab and is prevalent in street fights, it was only natural that the goons beating up Tommy in the street would be using hockey sticks. Mary would have to wield the hockey stick like a professional while beating the goons with their own weapon, so it’s only natural to make her a hockey player. Om Shanti Om (2007) An audience favourite, Om Shanti Om had a number of memorable scenes. But few can top the over the top fight scene which Shah Rukh Khan made his own. While shooting the scene, Director, Farah Khan – a self-confessed fan of bad movies remembered a tiger being used in a fight scene in a movie titled, Tarzan 303. She spoke to her brother, Sajid about something being missing in the scene and called for the tiger to be delivered on set the following day. During the take, Shah Rukh Khan, while fighting the tiger, improvised the dialogue, ‘Naughty pussy’ and thus, the scene was placed in the list of iconic scenes. Kapoor and Sons (2016) Who can forget the epic argument scene from the movie. The family quarrelling about a number of things, with a helpless plumber caught in the middle of it all. Director ShakunBatra revealed that the first drafts of the scene didn’t have the plumber in it. However, he felt it was dry and needed an outsider to take the edge off the scene to bring a little lightness to it. He didn’t want to rely on cinematic tools like lighting, lensing and music to enhance the scene, but rather portray the scene as if it was happening in real life with a real life situation in the background.

The worst movies of the 2000s

Over the years, Bollywood has churned out movies that have inspired us, touched us and some that blew our minds with an overdose of awesome! Unfortunately, not all films can make it to that elite set. Here are just a few movies (believe us when we say that this is just the tip of the iceberg) that made our palms hit our face in disappointment, frustration and anguish. Haan...Maine BhiPyaarKiya (2001) After two super hits in the box-office, DharmeshDarshan’s luck ran out. Dharmesh’s effort to revisit an old classic, Ek Hi Bhool threw up unfavourable results. The film is filled with disappointments. Right from the below par acting performances to the sleep inducing soundtrack very little works for the movie. The torturously long melodrama stars Karisma Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Akshay Kumar in one of his dullest roles ever. Aap Mujhe Ache Lagne Lage (2002) We’re sure we all agree that life is filled with highs and lows. But Hrithik Roshan’s low came immediately after his highly successful debut in Kahi Naa…Pyaar Hai. The film, packed with awful performances, a list led by Ameesha Patel does very little to win over the audience as they go through the mind-numbing plot, we’re sure no one is proud of. Boom (2003) A film that was expected to break the mold, banking on the superstar power of Amitabh Bachchan and the on screen sizzle of the undeniably super-hot trio - Madhu Sapre, Padma Lakshmi and Katrina Kaif. The plot goes uncontrollably in a downward spiral and turns out to be a skin-shop with forgettable performances. Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005) This one comes with a warning right in the title. The famed showman, SubhashGhai’s attempt at a romance film falls hard on its face. The audience is presented with scene after scene of dated dialogues and a forced romance between our hero Kisna and his love interest, Katherine. Vivek Oberoi’s forgettable performance is complemented with the completely unexptected and out of place gymnastics of Isha Sharvani. Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007) No list of worst film plots is complete without this classic. This film, if nothing else, is a great example of how not to make a film. Some of the industry’s best known and celebrated talents come together to put together a film reel to teach aspiring actors how not to act. Enough has been said about it before, so we’ll refrain from throwing more mud on it. If you’re one of the few who has actually watched it, you have our sympathy. Love Story 2050 (2008) If this is what the future is going to be like, we really hope we don’t get there. Forget the plot, nothing works for this film. Right from Priyanka Chopra’s tacky red hair to the hideous pink teddy bear on her back, from Boman Irani’s wannabe Einstein performance to the cheesily designed futuristic sets – this film is not something that should be passed on to the next generation.    

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