1990

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...

Haatim Tai (1990)

Cast:  Jeetendra, Sangeeta Bijlani, Satish Shah, Amrish Puri, Sonu Walia, Huma Khan, Raza Murad Director:  Babu Bhai Mistri Nutshell:  Se7en meets the Wizard of Oz in this fabulous Arabian Nights fantasy that is bewildering and intoxicating in equal measures with its kitchen sink sets and oddly tropical desert setting and some truly dazzling make up and special effects.     Haatim Tai ar...

Khatarnak (1990)

Khatarnak (1990) Cast: Sultan Rahi, Saima, Ismail Shah, Talish, Sitara Director: Akram Khan Synopsis: Three upright brothers fight to destroy a heinous child-napping syndicate   Renowned sleaze merchant Akram Khan (Aaj Da Badmash, Nawabzada, Khanzada) came out of semi-retirement in 1990 to produce this masala laden pot-boiler. He was undoubtedly inspired by two quite unrelated events. Firstly...

House No.13 (1990)

House No.13 (1990) Cast: Anil Dhawan, Sharat Saxena, Reeta Bhaduri, Salim Fateh, Leena Nair Director: Baby Nutshell: Old House bears ghastly secrets and hidden doorway to hell….effective chiller This 1990 shocker conceived, written and directed by the brilliantly named Baby (no doubt short for some 19 syllable Tamil name) is several cuts above the kind of fare one has become accustomed to in...

Amavas Ki Raat (1990)

Amavas Ki Raat (1990) Cast: Kiran Kumar, Mayur, Manek Irani, Kunika, Huma Khan, Javed Khan Director: Mohan Bhakri Nutshell: Bhakri’s typical concoction blends Jack the Ripper, Zombies and Jason       Mohan Bhakri was a director who used to mix and match hit horror films from the west in order to come up with his “own” concoctions and clearly ideas were in short supply by 1990 when Amava...

Bandh Darwaza (1990)

Bandh Darwaza (1990) Cast: Aruna Irani, Vijayendra, Ajay Agarwal, Hashmat Khan, Kunika, Raza Murad Director: Tulsi and Shyam Ramsay Synopsis: Dracula, Black Magic, Teen age rivalries….the best of Bollywood horror     Ramsay’s Bandh Darwaza arrived at the fag end of the horror boom of the 80’s in 1990. Though the film managed to do decent business, the horror trend was b...

Doodh Ka Karz (1990)

Doodh Ka Karz (1990) Cast: Jackie Shroff, Aruna Irani, Neelam, Amrish Puri, Sadashiv, Prem Chopra Director: Ashok Gaekwad Synopsis: Rollicking, old fashioned snake-fest is a blast of slithering nostalgia   This is the sort of vintage, typically Indian fairytale with a totally indigenous background sadly seems to have gone out of fashion in the last decade or so as filmmakers and audiences hav...

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