Most underrated Bollywood psychological thrillers
Updated: Dec 15, 2020
The psychological thriller is a genre combining the thriller and psychological fiction genres. It is commonly used to describe movies and books that deal with psychological narratives in a thriller or thrilling setting.
When we hear of this genre, movies like Shutter Island or The Prestige come to mind but many Bollywood psychological thrillers have been so underappreciated that most people haven't heard their names. These movies are the finest work of Indian Cinema in this genre. Let's get started.
While on a visit to India to meet his family, NRI doctor Aamir Ali is set up by terrorists to plant a bomb. His refusal to comply would mean the death of his family members who are being held captive. The protagonist played by Rajeev Khandelwal does nothing but impresses you throughout the movie. This is a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seats!
Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)
This movie was a commendable entry into the psychological thriller genre. Karthik, played by Farhan Akhtar, is an introvert always ridiculed by his boss and has faced many setbacks throughout his life. However, one day, he receives a phone call from a stranger who promises to transform his life. Shocking turns and revelations make this movie a must-watch.
Murder 2 (2011)
Out of the three Murder movies, this one is arguably the best. The movie's surprising and compelling storyline makes it stand apart from any other thriller movies. Arjun, played by Emran Hashmi, is an ex-police officer hired to trace missing sex workers. When Reshma, a young prostitute, is recruited to entice the abductor goes missing.
Watch this movie for Prashant Narayanan's phenomenal portrayal of Dheeraj Panday (antagonist) and the creepy and horrifying second half.
This is a movie loosely based on the 1996 movie Primal Fear. Sargam (Urmila Matondkar) approaches Raj (Akshay Khanna), a lawyer, to defend her friend Tarang (Ajay Devgan), who is accused of murder. The movies revolve around the plot of Tarang suffering from a split personality disorder and you won't believe how it ends! One of the best performances by Ajay Devgan.
This is a movie surrounded by the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl, who is the daughter of a struggling actor. The movie features corruption, greed, and pure evil. Watch this movie for the bitter reality of the people it showcases and the shocking twists and turns till the end.
Ek Hasina Thi (2004)
Starring Urmila Matondkar and Saif Ali Khan, this movie is not known for the gem it is. Sarika falls in love with Karan, a mysterious man who frames her for carrying illegal firearms. However, in jail, she transforms into a vindictive woman and sets out to avenge the wrongs done to her. Watch this movie for the phenomenal performances and the crazy nature and journey of revenge!
No Smoking (2007)
Another movie that is extremely underappreciated is Anurag Kashyap's No Smoking. K, played by John Abraham, is a chain-smoker who visits a rehabilitation center to quit smoking to save his marriage. The movie follows elements of surrealism, fantasy, dark humor, and horror. If you want your mind to be completely blown, this is the movie for you.
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Being Cyrus (2005)
The most subtle psychological thriller, Being Cyrus in another movie left underappreciated. The movies revolve around a dysfunctional Parsi family where Cyrus (Saif Ali Khan) is asked to carry out horrible deeds to fulfill individual ulterior motives. This is a movie worth your time!
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