100 Years of Indian Cinema: The changing scares of Hindi horror films

Movies | | March 22, 2013, 4:16 pm
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'Kabrastan' was yet another film with over the top makeup. However, most of the times more than spooking out the audiences, these films provided a comic relief.

'Kabrastan' was yet another film with over the top makeup. However, most of the times more than spooking out the audiences, these films provided a comic relief.

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1986 film 'Tahkhana' kept the usual flavour of Ramsay films. The story revolved around a bloodthirsty demon who guarded treasure in some dungeon.

1986 film 'Tahkhana' kept the usual flavour of Ramsay films. The story revolved around a bloodthirsty demon who guarded treasure in some dungeon.

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The stories of blood sucking demons continued to play an important role in the horror films.

The stories of blood sucking demons continued to play an important role in the horror films.

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After 'Raaz 3', Vikram Bhatt yet again got a hit with '1920: The Evil Returns'. Horror films have found a new lease of life.

After 'Raaz 3', Vikram Bhatt yet again got a hit with '1920: The Evil Returns'. Horror films have found a new lease of life.

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With the success of their first horror film, the Ramsay brothers came up with films in this genre. 'Dawaza' was their another horror film which was widely appreciated.

With the success of their first horror film, the Ramsay brothers came up with films in this genre. 'Dawaza' was their another horror film which was widely appreciated.

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Despite the growing popularity of the genre, Bollywood stars kept themselves away from the genre. No many actors experimented with horror films in the 80s.

Despite the growing popularity of the genre, Bollywood stars kept themselves away from the genre. No many actors experimented with horror films in the 80s.

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In the late 40s and 50s, filmmakers like Kamal Amrohi and Biren Nag experimented with the horror genre and gave hits like 'Mahal' and 'Bees Saal Baad'. Background music played an important role in these films to create the horror effect.

In the late 40s and 50s, filmmakers like Kamal Amrohi and Biren Nag experimented with the horror genre and gave hits like 'Mahal' and 'Bees Saal Baad'. Background music played an important role in these films to create the horror effect.

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A woman clad in a white saree with a candle in her hand singing a song were enough to spook out the audiences. And, if this wasn't enough, the haunted bungalows formed the premise of films like 'Bhoot Bangla'.

A woman clad in a white saree with a candle in her hand singing a song were enough to spook out the audiences. And, if this wasn't enough, the haunted bungalows formed the premise of films like 'Bhoot Bangla'.

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While the 60s were all about background scores and women clad in white sarees, Ramasay brothers gave an new twist to the horror genre by adding zombies in their films. 1972 film 'Do Gaz Zameen Ke Niche' turned out to be a successful film.

While the 60s were all about background scores and women clad in white sarees, Ramasay brothers gave an new twist to the horror genre by adding zombies in their films. 1972 film 'Do Gaz Zameen Ke Niche' turned out to be a successful film.

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Horror films have been a part of Bollywood since long. From 1949 hit film 'Mahal' to the latest Bipasha Basu starrer 'Aatma', horror films have come a long way.

Horror films have been a part of Bollywood since long. From 1949 hit film 'Mahal' to the latest Bipasha Basu starrer 'Aatma', horror films have come a long way.

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On one hand, Ramsay brothers were busy churning out more and more horror films, even other Bollywood filmamkers continued to experiment with the genre. 1979 film 'Jaani Dushman' did not just boast of a big star cast but the film also became a hit with its monster story.

On one hand, Ramsay brothers were busy churning out more and more horror films, even other Bollywood filmamkers continued to experiment with the genre. 1979 film 'Jaani Dushman' did not just boast of a big star cast but the film also became a hit with its monster story.

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Rajesh Khanna also entered into the genre in 1980s. But director Bharathi Raja brought out a new side with his film. Rather than playing with the concept of witches and demons, he toyed with the idea of the human psyche.

Rajesh Khanna also entered into the genre in 1980s. But director Bharathi Raja brought out a new side with his film. Rather than playing with the concept of witches and demons, he toyed with the idea of the human psyche.

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1984 film 'Purana Mandir' revolved around monster demon. Ramsay kept close to their hit formula of adding zombies and monsters in the film.

1984 film 'Purana Mandir' revolved around monster demon. Ramsay kept close to their hit formula of adding zombies and monsters in the film.

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With 1988 film 'Veerana' came the trend of spooky forests in the horror films. Thick forests and mist kept the audiences on tenterhooks. But with such films, Ramsay took inspiration from coffins to create the spooky atmosphere.

With 1988 film 'Veerana' came the trend of spooky forests in the horror films. Thick forests and mist kept the audiences on tenterhooks. But with such films, Ramsay took inspiration from coffins to create the spooky atmosphere.

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In the 80s, Ramsay started to add sleaze in the films to titillate the minds of the audiences. The world of zombies started to meet with the humans that were often seen in indulging in sexual pleasures.

In the 80s, Ramsay started to add sleaze in the films to titillate the minds of the audiences. The world of zombies started to meet with the humans that were often seen in indulging in sexual pleasures.

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With the popularity of the genre, many filmmakers started to make horror films. Though the special effects were quite poor, the films got audience because of the bold content.

With the popularity of the genre, many filmmakers started to make horror films. Though the special effects were quite poor, the films got audience because of the bold content.

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Many filmmakers started to toy with the idea of making horror films. Kamal Haasan played the role of a vamp in the film.

Many filmmakers started to toy with the idea of making horror films. Kamal Haasan played the role of a vamp in the film.

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Filmmaker Mohan Bhakri came with another horror film 'Roohani Taaqat' in 1991. The directors continued with a dosage of blood and gore in the horror films.

Filmmaker Mohan Bhakri came with another horror film 'Roohani Taaqat' in 1991. The directors continued with a dosage of blood and gore in the horror films.

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But this did not stop filmmakers from continuing with the same formula when it came to horror films.

But this did not stop filmmakers from continuing with the same formula when it came to horror films.

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Even vampires provided a fodder to the Bollywood horror films. Demons sleeping in coffins and turning into bats was also overplayed in the films.

Even vampires provided a fodder to the Bollywood horror films. Demons sleeping in coffins and turning into bats was also overplayed in the films.

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However, Ram Gopal Varma changed the concept of horror films in Bollywood. He kept the demons at bay and played with notion of spirit in a different way in his film 'Raat'.

However, Ram Gopal Varma changed the concept of horror films in Bollywood. He kept the demons at bay and played with notion of spirit in a different way in his film 'Raat'.

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Vikas Desai's 'Gehrayee' was yet another horror film with a different story. The film dealt with spirits and tantrik.

Vikas Desai's 'Gehrayee' was yet another horror film with a different story. The film dealt with spirits and tantrik.

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Ram Gopal Varma continued making films in horror genre. 2003 film 'Bhoot' talked about a haunted house. Ram Gopal talked about normal human beings in his horror films which made the characters more relatable.

Ram Gopal Varma continued making films in horror genre. 2003 film 'Bhoot' talked about a haunted house. Ram Gopal talked about normal human beings in his horror films which made the characters more relatable.

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Ram Gopal Varma put a stop to over the top make up and the display of demons in his films. The horror genre started to turn sleak with each film.

Ram Gopal Varma put a stop to over the top make up and the display of demons in his films. The horror genre started to turn sleak with each film.

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Ram Gopal played with the human psychology to create horror in the film. Though, the stories continued to be about spirits but the different treatment did wonder to his films.

Ram Gopal played with the human psychology to create horror in the film. Though, the stories continued to be about spirits but the different treatment did wonder to his films.

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Though, the horror genre in India still finds inspiration in the Hollywood flicks. But with time, the filmmakers are embracing the new method of spooking out the audiences.

Though, the horror genre in India still finds inspiration in the Hollywood flicks. But with time, the filmmakers are embracing the new method of spooking out the audiences.

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2011 film 'Ragini MMS' was yet again a film about a haunted house but it was a bold horror film.

2011 film 'Ragini MMS' was yet again a film about a haunted house but it was a bold horror film.

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Even 2011 film 'Haunted' talked about haunted mansion. But with the better technology, the filmmakers provide better special effects to spook out the audiences.

Even 2011 film 'Haunted' talked about haunted mansion. But with the better technology, the filmmakers provide better special effects to spook out the audiences.

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Even Vikram Bhatt ventured into the horror genre with hits like 'Raaz 3'. Interestingly, the filmmakers have found a hit formula and horror films have been appreciated off lately.

Even Vikram Bhatt ventured into the horror genre with hits like 'Raaz 3'. Interestingly, the filmmakers have found a hit formula and horror films have been appreciated off lately.

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Suparn Verma is also set to release his horror film 'Aatma' which talks about a doting father who is unable to leave his daughter even after his death.

Suparn Verma is also set to release his horror film 'Aatma' which talks about a doting father who is unable to leave his daughter even after his death.