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6 best psychological thrillers Bollywood has offered, to date
'Bhool Bhulaiyaa' was psychological comedy, with hints of horror. Directed by Priyadarshan, it featured Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Ameesha Patel and Shiney Ahuja in lead roles. It was the official remake of Malayalam film, 'Manichitrathazhu', which starred superstar Rajinikanth. Based on Dissociative Identity Disorder, the movie received huge success at box office.
Starring Aamir Khan, Jiah Khan, and Asin in the lead role, 'Ghajini' was a remake of AR Murugadoss' Tamil movie of the same name. Murugadoss himself took the reigns of remaking the movie in Hindi, and even brought aboard Asin to play the role that she played in the Tamil one, i.e. Kalpana. The story is based on the life of a man who develops Anterograde Amnesia, following the violent murder of his girlfriend and a blow to his head.
Directed by debutant director Sujoy Ghosh, Vidya Balan's 'Kahaani' was a bolt from the blue in the genre of psychological thrillers. It was a story of a woman who comes to India in search of her missing husband. The story unfolds in a gripping manner and the climax was something that left everyone stunned. The movie went on to win Filmfares and even National Awards.
'Karthik calling Karthik'
'Karthik Calling Karthik' may not have been stupendously succesful when it comes to box office collection, but this psychological thriller was quite unique in itself. What started off as a sweet love story between Karthik, a highly qualified and intelligent, yet shy person, with his confident and beautiful colleague Shonali, turned into a dark thriller as Karthik started receiving phone calls from someone who claims to be Karthik himself.
A quasi-sequel to the highly succesful erotic thriller 'Murder', 'Murder 2' may not have been able to receive the same pinnacle of success, but that does not mean that this was not an enjoyable cinematic experience. Starring Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez and Prashant Narayanan, 'Murder 2' is one of the finest psychological thrillers that Bollywood has offered. It went on to become one of the highest grossing films of 2011.
Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor, 'Talaash' was one psychological thriller which had the potential to not only hook the audience throughout the narrative, but also stump them with the climax. Aamir Khan played the role of an inspector, who is investigating the murder of a superstar. Kareena, a prostitute, helps him in the case, to reveal some past demons of her own. Rani Mukerji plays the wife of Aamir, and they are a couple who themselves are trying to cope with the tragic death of their son. With a taut story and fabulous performances, this list is incomplete without 'Talaash'.
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