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Pratighaat (1987)

Pratighaat (1987) Starring: Sujata Mehta, Nana Patekar, Rohini Hattangady, Director: N. Chandra Nutshell: Searing Masala socio-political drama contains the most powerful woman’s role in years.     Before Chandra hit the big time making slick commercial ventures with big mainstream Bollywood stars he had been churning out low budget, earthy, socio-political drama’s that were c...

Shamshaan (2001)

Shamshaan (2001) Cast: Rani Sinha, Sagar, Mac Mohan, Shiva and Kiran Kumar Director: R. K. Khanna Music: Sawan Kumar & Ghulam Ali Nutshell: Another vengeance seeking dead gang rape victim returns as a rubber masked monstrosity from the deepest and smelliest bowels of hell.     Budding romance between hunky aspiring cop and town beauty is tragically cut short when gorgeous Komal is tr...

Ichchadhari Shaitaan (2000)

Ichchadhari Shaitaan (2000) Cast: Shobraj, Krishna, Babu, Nagraj, Raju, Manjanna Director: Anil Naidu Synopsis: Yet another zero-budget shocker taking its cue from The Evil Dead and co.     Another zero budget piece of sleazy garbage hailing from the South (fertile ground for horror trash these days) featuring a bunch of 30-something teenagers heading off into the jungle to research the ...

Qatil Chandalini (1995)

Qatil Chandalini (1995) Cast: Monica, Aparna, Poonam, Imtiaz Khan, Sudhir, Anju Mahendru, Mac Mohan Director: Rajan Lyallpuri Music Director: Kunwar Saxena Nutshell: Beauty Queens duped and murdered by pornographers seek revenge.       The tale unfolds as an aspiring young starlet Poonam gets dropped off by her boyfriend to a secluded spot in the middle of nowhere. Apparently, there...

Kafan (1990)

Kafan (1990) Cast: Javed Khan, Jamuna, Rakesh Pandey, Huma Khan, Raza Murad, Mac Mohan Director: Dhirendra Bohra Music: Anand Milind Nutshell: Bunch of Satanists end up evoking the wrath of a vengeful spirit (again!)     The Bohra brothers were among the also-rans during the horror boom of the 80’s churning out a number of low cost formula shockers. Kafan was one such effort, directed by...

Jadu Tona (1977)

Jadu Tona (BLACK MAGIC) (1977) Starring: Feroz Khan, Baby Pinky, Reena Roy, Ashok Kumar, Prem Nath, Prem Chopra Director: Raveekant Nagaich Synopsis: Innocent cherubic Baby Pinky turns into a vile, vomit-spewing monster!   Prem Chopra and his daughters drive off from the city to their ancestral village for a visit. The girls have recently lost their mother and it’s a period of healing f...

Aankhen (2002)

Aankhen (2002) Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Sushmita Sen Director: Vipul Shah Music Director: Aadesh Srivastava Synopsis: an exciting if improbable thriller – flawed but stylish and entertaining   The caption of the film says “a dangerous game is about to begin”. In fact, this is a dangerous gamble which Vipul Shah is taking in churning out a “different” film and ...

Do Gaz Zameen ke Neeche (1972)

Cast: Surendra Kumar, Shobha, Imtiaz Khan, Satyen Kappu, Helen Directors: Tulsi Ramsay & Shyam Ramsay Synopsis: Groundbreaking Ramsay horror flick opened up the floodgates!     This early 70’s effort by the Ramsay family is considered to be a major breakthrough in South Asian horror. Not only did it score a huge Box office bulls eye but it also paved the way for a new wave of horror ...

Aaghaaz (2000)

Aaghaaz (2000) Cast: Sunil Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Namrata Shirodkar Director: Yogesh Ishwar Music Director: Anu Malik Synopsis: Dreadful, supposedly hard hitting social commentary…..depressingly awful Reviewed by: Faiz M. Khan     Aaghaaz is the start of Yogesh Ishwar’s career, his first attempt at direction and judging by the results, it may well be his last. This is a boring...

Gumnaam Qatil (2001)

Gumnaam Qatil (2001) Director, Writer, Producer, Star:  Harinam Singh Cast: Harinam Singh, Sanjay Singh, Bablu, Sanjeev, Babby Singh, Madhuri Kale, Kiran, Shweta, Kajal, Pooja, Farha, Gangaram Synopsis:  The most bewildering cinematic experience ever!     A snazzy woman is alone in the forest amidst the trademark Harinam Singh thunder and lightning.  Moments later another woman presumabl...

Veerana (1985)

Veerana (1985) Cast: Jasmin, Hemant Birje, Sahila Chaddha, Satish Shah, Kulbushan Kharabanda Director: Tulsi Ramsay and Shyam Ramsay Synopsis: Nasty witch possesses innocent young thing to take her ghastly revenge     The film begins with Ramsay’s veteran Vijayendra as a thakur who entraps the local witch and then has her rounded up and hung by the local villagers. However some sat...

Allah Rakha (1986)

Allah Rakha (1986) Cast: Jackie, Dimple, Meenakshi, Waheeda Rehman, Bindu, Shammi Kapoor Director: Ketan Desai Music Director: Annu Malik Synopsis: Rip roaring MKD style concoction is an unsung classic of the 80s     After Manmohan K. Desai retired it was left to his son to carry the torch and to continue with the same tried and tested formula that had churned out mega hit after hit in t...

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