The first look of Ittefaq, the remake of the Rajesh Khanna classic has hit the internet and the buzz is extremely positive. Ittefaq is just one of the rare psychological thrillers that Bollywood gave us. Rajesh Khanna, like every other big actor has dabbled with suspense and psychological thrillers. Khanna’s most controversial film is another one that is in this list. Traditionally, psychological thrillers and suspense films don’t have a repeat audience – for obvious reasons – and therefore there aren’t many of these films coming out of Bollywood. However, there are some mystery film gems that have stood the test of time – like the Ittefaq film that is being remade. We list 10 other Bollywood films that we’d love to be made into a web series.
#1 Teesri Manzil
Late night TV watches remember this film because it brought Shammi Kapoor and his dancing back to the limelight in the nineties. But Teesri Manzil is not just about that. It is one of the most successful suspense films and one of the first ends-with-a-twist Bollywood film. There are some interesting characters also. A woman who’s not keeping well after her sister commits suicide, a disco singer who has a stage name, etc. Teesri Manzli would make for great binge watching – and who wouldn’t want to see the swinging 70s in a film again?
#2 Woh Kaun Thi
One of the film from Raj Khosla’s – before the term trilogy became famous in India. Woh Kaun Thi had several aspects – a bit of supernatural, a bit of thrill, a mystery and even a medical horror. The film tells the story of a rich young man who’s heir to his family’s riches, but only if he maintains his sanity. Woh Kaun Thi was a super hit and starred Manoj Kumar, Sadhana, Helen, Prem Chopra and other mainstays of Bollywood from the ‘60s. Woh Kaun This was a super success and has already seen two remakes in Tamil and Telugu.
One of the better made mystery thrillers of the seventies, this one starred Amitabh Bachchan. Critics consider Parwana to be one of the most underrated mystery and thriller films from Bollywood. This was one of the first times that the modus operandi of a murder was not just discussed by critics but also praised. Parwana has since then become of the most popular mysteries/thrillers. The crux of the film also formed the basic idea of the Neil Nitin Mukesh starrer Johnny Gaddar.
The first film in the suspense thriller trilogy by Raj Khosla, Anita starred Manoj Kumar and Sadhana again. Even in this film, there’s a man falling in love with a woman. It’s only when the man sees the woman in two different avatars that the mystery deepens.
Dhundh is known for three reasons. The screenplay was staggered and intense. Dhundh wasn’t just a mystery film but picked up several burning questions back then. Was an invalid’s wife justified in killing her husband? How do you sympathise with a man who’s bad mouthed and utterly rude to everyone in his life? Dhundh starred Danny Dengzongpa in what people consider one of his finest performances along with Zeenat Aman, Navin Nischol and others.
#6 Khel Khel Mein
Khel Khel Mein was a one of its kind film when it launched – and even today is one of the best mystery and suspense films in India. The film had some legendary characters and crackling performances by Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Rakesh Roshan and others. Khel Khel Mein was one of the first Indian films to take college life as a plot point and not just dressing for the dish.
Qatl is another game changer in the mystery/thriller genre. The film was about a man who uses his disability to go scot free after killing his unfaithful wife and her paramour. Sanjeev Kumar famously played the role of the hurt husband. The paramour was played by none other than Marc Zuber, who later acted in some low budget horror films too.
#8 Kab? Kyon? Aur Kahan?
Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahaan? Was a film that many say was ahead of its time. One of the better films that came out of the Dharmendra – Arjun Hingorani mixup. KKK was unique in the sense that it had a woman not as a supporting character but as an integral one to the plot.
This again is one of the first films that went full throttle horror and suspense. It started the legendary Ashok Saraf and the most beautiful woman in the world, Madhubala. A young man haunted by a beautiful spirit would be something new web series directors would be very much interested in.
#10 Police Public
This is a suspense film that had a big cast. Naseeruddin Shah and Raaj Kumar act as two police officers who are investigating a murder mystery of a woman who married into a rich house hold and is found dead.
These are the ten suspense films that we would love to see in a whole new avatar. These are scripts that really changed the way Bollywood looked at scripts. What do you say? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.