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Roohani Taqat (1991)

Roohani Taqat (1991) Cast: Kiran Kumar, Meethi, Javed Khan, Sriprada Director: Mohan Bhakri Nutshell: Mohan Bhakri’s rather spectacular version of Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead     Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead has already provided fertile pilfering ground for Bhayanak Panja but seasoned pilferer Mohan Bhakri had been the first to borrow from the film in 1991 when he concocted his ...

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...

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...

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...

Purab aur Paschim (1970)

Purab aur Paschim (1970) Cast: Manoj Kumar, Saira Banu, Ashok Kumar, Pran, Prem Chopra, Vinod Khanna Director: Manoj Kumar Music Directors: Kalyanji Anandji Synopsis: Manoj’s Bharat travels to London to teach the wayward a lesson or two   Manoj Kumar, buoyed by the whopping success of Upkar in 1967, assembled a lavish cast for his follow up in which he was to repeat his role of the youn...

Ladies Hostel (1973)

Ladies Hostel (1973) Cast: Ravi, Rama, Lata Malini, Kokila Director: Ramesh Kumar Music Director: Omi-Sonik Synopsis: Sluttish Hostel girls pay for their nastiness in a terrifying manner   Just as it was time to consider giving the whole Bollywood horror thing an extended break due to rubber-mask burnout, along comes a deliciously weird and wonderful slice of madness to restore faith and cont...

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