Bollywood Psychological Thriller:
Psychological thrillers always have a way of toying with your mind. It’s as if someone else controls your thought and actions. You are led into believing something and the whole farce just breaks loose. The genre of psychological thrillers has caught the fancy of many filmmakers in Bollywood and they have made some bloodcurdling movies.
Here is a list of Bollywood psychological thriller movies:
Written and directed by Anurag Kashyap, the movie revolves around the disappearance of a 10-year old daughter of an aspiring actor and explores the dark side of human beings, emphasizing how the world today is greedy and morally corrupt.
Vijay, played by Ajay Devgn, is an uneducated man who can go to any lengths in order to save his family. Using his knowledge gained through watching movies, he portrays a lie to save his family. Directed by Nishikant Kamat, this movie manages to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Directed and co-written by Reema Kagti, this film became one of the highest-grossing Indian movies of 2012. The movie revolves around Inspector Shekhawat, played by Aamir Khan, who is going through a rough patch in his marriage since the death of his son. He has to investigate the death of a popular film star and find out if it was an accident or murder, while also coping with the loss of his only son.
4. Karthik Calling Karthik
Karthik, a lonely introverted man, leads a very monotonous, sad life until one day he receives a call from someone also named Karthik who promises to transform his life. The suspense behind this mystery caller is what the movie is about.
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The belief in the unknown is the plot of the movie where Rajiv Arora agrees with his Professor’s belief that things without any scientific explanation do not exist. To prove that there are no ghosts, he goes to a haunted room. But unusual events start happening and lead to what is probably one of the most unique climaxes’ in Indian cinema.
6. No Smoking
This movie explores the life of a self-obsessed, narcissist man called K who is addicted to smoking. But when his addiction starts affecting his marriage, he decides to quit smoking but is caught in the web of one Baba Bengali (Paresh Rawal), who guarantees that he will make him quit smoking.
The investigation of a series of child abduction cases leads a police officer to a crazy religious psychopath who believes in sacrificing children so as to become immortal. With Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, and Ashutosh Rana in the lead roles, this movie is sure to send shivers down your spine.
With a boy-next-door look, Shah Rukh Khan the character of an obsessed lover who can go to any lengths in order to win Kiran’s (Juhi Chawla) heart.
Directed by Ram Gopal Verma, the movie had no songs and the entire movie shot in just one house, creating an eerie claustrophobic environment that is sure to instill a feeling of fear in the minds of the viewers.
10. Ek Hasina Thi
Directed by Sriram Raghavan, this psychological thriller traces the life of a woman, (Urmila Matondkar) who is framed and convicted for a crime she has not committed and her revenge.
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A couple wins a free trip to the Fiji Islands. But once there, they are drawn into a game show that is being watched online by millions. This game is all about speaking the truth, and lying will cost you your life. Starring Paresh Rawal, Rajeev Khandelwal, and Tina Desai.
12. Being Cyrus
This film, directed by Homi Adajania, takes us into the complicated lives of the Sethna family. When Cyrus Mistry, portrayed by Saif Ali Khan, meets them, things get even worse.
Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Amol Palekar in pivotal roles, this film’s plot is about a series of mysterious murders that take place on a film set. It is one of the few movies that manages to maintain the tension and suspense until the very end.
The disturbed state of mind of the characters of the movie contributes to its intensity. Psychological thrillers often incorporate elements of overlap the story with mystery, drama, action, and horror. These Bollywood psychological thriller movies are well written and well executed and have earned critical acclaim.