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Khofnak Mahal: Demon by Daylight

Khofnak Mahal is a Bollywood horror movie that hit theaters in 1998. The movie stars the staple of Indian horror, ... The post Khofnak Mahal: Demon by Daylight appeared first on Indian Horror Club.

Khofnak Mahal (1998)

CastRaza Murad, Javed Khan, Pramod Moutho, Seema Vaz, Gurbachan, Narendra Nath, Rakesh Pandey, Anchana, Mehnaz, Tamanna, Shehnaz, Harish Hingu, Vrandana Trivedi, Bhupen Patel, Trambak Joshi,
DirectorSushil Vyas
Story and ScreenplayB. Thakur
ProducerVikram Patel, Priti Patel, Kirit Patel

Khofnak Mahal is a Bollywood horror movie that hit theaters in 1998. The movie stars the staple of Indian horror, like Javed Khan.  Other members of the cast are Pramod Moutho,  Raza Murad, Narendra Nath and others. Khofnak Mahal, though having some known names, looks like a low budget Bollywood horror movie. Its 1998 and Indian horror movie audiences might have begun missing the charm and earnestness of the Ramsay horror movies. In a world post globalisation, new content creators came up with new ideas. Ideas they thought  would click with an audience that now watched foreign movies regularly. In such a scenario, Khofnak Mahal hit theaters. Here’s our review of Khofnak Mahal.

Khofnak Mahal Synopsis

A group of people comprising of bachelors, old men and couples capsize and reach a strange island. After the initial disagreements, they decide to bandy together and try to survive. They start traveling into the island and finally come across a mansion. They think that they will be safe in the mansion. According to them, some or the other boat will reach the island in a couple of days and will rescue them.

Little do they know that a  black magician lives on the same island, and below the mansion that they have taken refuge in. As they try to escape, the black magician unleashes a demon in the mansion, and one by one, people in the group meet their end.  Will everyone in the group die? Why does the black magician have a demon? Will the world ever know about this demon? To know the answers to all these questions, you need to watch Khofnak Mahal.

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Review

Straight off the bat, this movie has some of the best scenes in Bollywood horror movies. Simplicity is the key here. The director just puts a gorilla bodysuit. So, there’s no need for prosthetic or even cinematography and camera tricks. One unique aspect of this movie is that the demon is visible and up to no good even in daylight. This is very rare for a Bollywood horror movie. Almost every Bollywood horror movie follows the cardinal rule of unleashing the beast only during night time.

The deaths are pretty gory as well and the money shot is for how the members of the group kill the black magician and the demon. I don’t think any other Bollywood horror movie has such intense and weird scenes that depict the deaths of the antagonists. The movie hits it right with the titillation factor as well. This was the  late nineties and broadband Internet had still not made complete inroads into India. So, this kind of peekaboo titillation still had an audience.

Khofnak Mahal has some little-seen ideas for a Bollywood horror movie. One of them being the trope of a black magician and a learned Pandit. Though Bollywood movies hint at such aspects, this is one of the few that have a literal hand to hand combat between the two. If you have read my Gehrayee review, you will remember how even that movie had a black magician (Amrish Puri) and the good learned Pandit (Sudhir Dalvi).

Some audiences might dismiss Khofnak Mahal as a cheap ripoff of Gumnaam. The only similarity both these movies have is of a group of people who are stuck in an island and people are dying, one by one.

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Khooni Mahal: Where the Demon Dies By Logic

Khooni Mahal is a Bollywood horror movie that hit theaters in 1987. Mohan Bhakri directs this horror movie. Newer fans ... The post Khooni Mahal: Where the Demon Dies By Logic appeared first on Indian Horror Club.

Khooni Mahal (1987)

CastRaj Kiran, Raza Murad, Shoma Anand, Neelam Mehra, Jagdeep, Madhu Malhotra, Hussein, Jagdeep, Huma Khan, Satish Kaul, Shamshuddin, Gorilla,
StoryMohan Bhakhri
DirectorMohan Bhakhri
ScreenplayMohan Bhakhri
GenreHorror, Slasher

Khooni Mahal is a Bollywood horror movie that hit theaters in 1987. Mohan Bhakri directs this horror movie. Newer fans of Bollywood horror sometimes connect this name with sleazy movies and Z Grade cinema. The man might have slid down that road later in his career.  But at least until 1987, he worked with recognizable and even famous actors. Khooni Mahal is a multi-starrer.  The cast includes Shoma Anand, Neelam Malhotra, Javed Khan, Raza Murad and others. I am not surprised hearing this false information. There’s no definite source of information about Bollywood. Also, the industry is so big that there’s no one person or organization that knows or keeps a tab on everything. That’s the reason I give disclaimers for any and every information I give on this website. So, here’s my review of Khooni Mahal.

Synopsis:

Four couples are off for a small picnic. While on their way, they need to camp because their car breaks down. While they are resting, they stumble upon a group of thieves who kill an innocent woman. The robbers now chase the eight people. As luck would have it, all of them need to take refuge in a old mansion. As they spend the night, the robbers attack the couples, but the couples outwit them. They tie them outside the mansion, and decide to hand them over to the police the next day. The robbers promise to avenge this. Little do both the groups know that a stronger, supernatural power resides in the mansion, and is out for blood.

Review:

Khooni Mahal is a good concept. I am not sure whether its a lift of any Hollywood movie. Even if it is, it was a good story for an audience who didn’t have access to the Hollywood flicks. And as for the reputation of Bhakri, yes, the movie has more sleaze than all the Ramsay movies combined. The screenplay is actually smart and doesn’t meander. After all, if you have four couples in the ‘couple-in-the-room’ trope, you are not going to waste footage on anything else.

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Bhakri keeps his story pretty low-key. The movie is about a demon killing people, and being pretty good at it. You know its a kill-fest the moment the criminals get into the mansion of horror. Less of a guilt trip for the audience and the director. There’s one aspect that stands out though. In most of the Bollywood horror movies, there’s a religious artifact that defeats the demon. But in Khooni Mahal, the final boy and final girl use good old logic to defeat the demon.

The demon in this Bollywood horror movie is very much visible to the audience, even though Bhakri has the fog machine at hand at all times, so that’s another positive. Today, Khooni Mahal is infamous because there’s word that Neelam Malhotra did some hot scenes that came under the censor’s snippers before releasing. In hindsight, Neelam Malhotra was a horror movie staple.  She did an amazing role in the Ramsay movie Shaitaani Ilaaka in 1990, and there wasn’t anything out of the way that she did in that movie. So, I don’t believe that she did anything out of the way in 1987.

So, watch Khooni Mahal for what it is – a low-budget, high on skin-show, fun mid-eighties Bollywood horror movie and you’ll be fine.

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Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche Proves The Ramsays Loved Horror

Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche is a Ramsay Bollywood thriller movie that hit theaters in 1972. This was almost a ... The post Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche Proves The Ramsays Loved Horror appeared first on Indian Horror Club.

Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche (1972)

CastSurendra KUmar, Shobhana, Satyen Kapoo, Helen, Pooja, Habib, Imtiaz Khan, Dhumal
DirectorR. Tulsi Shyam
ScreenplayKumar Ramsay
WriterF U Ramsay
ProducerF U Ramsay
GenreThriller/Crime

Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche is a Ramsay Bollywood thriller movie that hit theaters in 1972. This was almost a decade before their iconic Bollywood horror movies. But even in 1972, like the kid who’d be a astronaut taking a liking to the toy spaceship at her 3rd Birthday party, they funneled horror elements in what should have been a straight up thriller. This was the seventies, the swinging seventies, so the Indian audience at large had now become familiar with plot points like affairs, spouses murdering their worse half for property, so on and so forth. The seventies was also the decade hippie culture became popular in India, and with that came the aspects of supernatural, the occult, so on and so forth. The Ramsays were nothing if not great readers of what the audiences wanted – at least prior to 2000. Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche proves that.

Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche Synopsis:

A young, rich scientist, Rajvansh,  lives all by himself in a mansion. One day, he saves a woman, Anjili,  who was waylaid from goons. As time passes, they come close and fall in love. Rajvansh decides to marry the woman without knowing her background. As it usually happens, Anjili turns out to be a vamp. She, along with her uncle, try to loot the scientist of all his property. Rajvansh barely tolerates this. As the uncle begins to ask for more money, Rajvansh sees through him. During this time, Rajvansh rescues another woman, Meena.

Anjili sees this as the perfect opportunity to bring down Rajvansh, and begins nagging Rajvansh about Meena. She makes it clear that she suspects that the two have an affair. Tempers flare and Rajvansh and Anjili have frequent fights. This takes a toll on Rajvansh’s health. One day, Rajvansh suffers an heart attack, leaving him a paralytic.

By this time, Anjili knows that their ruse is up. However, her uncle forces her and her lover, Anand,  to come up with a plan – to kill the scientist and decamp with the treasure that he has kept in his almirah.  Doing this is not simple, they need to send away all the servants and of course, Meera. Even after they succeed in their plan, they can’t lay their hands on the treasure. Apparently, the keys to the almirah are missing, and the trio of murderers now have to try and find out where the keys are. And they don’t have much time as well – the servants might return any day. What happens to the trio? Do they get the treasure? Will Rajvansh’s death be avenged? Will Meera find her true love? To find out more, you will need to watch Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche.

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Review:

Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche is classic Ramsay trope. Wrapping up the Western concept of the unfaithful wife and lethal relatives with a horror/thriller wrapping, Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche is quite watchable. In fact, it is one of the few movies that tackle the concept of what happens to the killers after they have killed their victim. Most Bollywood thrillers are about the murder itself,  and this movie stands apart.

Bollywood thriller movie Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche has a crisp screenplay as well. There’s no added story arc and there isn’t even that token Bollywood love story that sprawls all over the screenplay. The Ramsays meant business with this one and didn’t allow the screenplay to wander around and about. For a chance, at least some of the characters are well written. Anand, the boyfriend, is someone who falls into a life of crime and guilt, and isn’t the alpha male who’d go to any lengths to get what he wants. Anjili, too, finally understands that their ruse is not going to work any longer. These characters are stark different than the negative characters of Bollywood movies, who won’t take no for an answer, even if it means falling down the cliff in the climactic battle with the whole village looking on.

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Ranjeet Is Now Swagging it Out On Instagram

Ranjeet, the industry unto himself is now on Instagram. Its a new account, but even the first  few images will ... The post Ranjeet Is Now Swagging it Out On Instagram appeared first on Indian Horror Club.

Ranjeet, the industry unto himself is now on Instagram. Its a new account, but even the first  few images will send Bollywood fans in a tizzy. And what’s more, even Dharmendra has commented on one of his photographs. The Instagram account tells a lot about the man, and he lets loose in the captions. He reveals that his debut was in Saawan Baadhon. Its a treat to watch these photos and read the captions. Some of the Instaphotos show that the man who played characters that terrified the protagonist all the time has now taken to painting.

The actor is a man of many interests and talents, it seems. In one of the photos, he reveals that he used to race horses as well.

Ranjeet might be famous for his negative roles, but he there’s one movie in which he played a positive role, even if it was a cameo.

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Kaali Ghata: An Impressive Bollywood Suspense Movie

Kaali Ghata is a Bollywood suspense movie that released in 1980. The movie has a stellar cast but comprises of ... The post Kaali Ghata: An Impressive Bollywood Suspense Movie appeared first on Indian Horror Club.

Kaali Ghata (1980)

CastShashi Kapoor, Rekha, Danny Dengzongpa, Arun Irani, AK Hangal
DirectorVed Rahi
ProducerVed Rahi
StoryVed Rahi
GenreSuspense, Murder Mystery

Kaali Ghata is a Bollywood suspense movie that released in 1980. The movie has a stellar cast but comprises of actors who no longer have anything to prove. Rekha plays a double role of two sisters, Shashi Kapoor and Danny Dengzongpa play their love interests. The 80s decade was a clarion call for Bollywood. The golden era of the 40s and 50s was over. The swinging 60s were done with and the experimental 70s were done a few years ago.

The eighties was the decade when filmmakers introduced Indian audiences to stories, characters and concepts that were not larger than life. It started with stronger stories about middle class India becoming popular – the likes of Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies that began in a rowhouse and ended there as well. The family socials also worked towards giving Indian cinema many more ‘our stories’ and not ‘their’ stories.  And by the eighties, most of knew someone who had an uncle or an aunt who lived in rural India and had property worth lakhs or even crores. The seventies had family socials as well, yes. But back then, the father was a rich landlord and the son didn’t need to work. In the eighties, the father was a tough cookie who worked all his life and his son is on the verge of ending up jobless.

When I say that the seventies was the experimental era, I don’t mean to say that the eighties wasn’t. The eighties was the era of bold, full fledged experiments when it came to Bollywood story telling and film making. After all, the Ramsays made their brand of cinema from the late seventies to the late 2000s, with Bandh Darwaza releasing 1990, and the grandiose found even in their cinema started withering out. So, with this in mind, lets get to reviewing Kaali Ghata, one of the many impressive Bollywood suspense movies.

Kaali Ghata Synopsis

Two twin sisters, Rekha and Rashmi, are the owners of a huge property in a village. Rashmi is in love with their accountant’s son, Kishore. While Rekha doesn’t agree to this relationship, she doesn’t oppose it completely. One day, Rekha meets a strange in the village, Prem,  and they come closer, and fall in love. Meanwhile, Rashmi gets a chance to travel to France to learn art and she pursues it. Here, Rekha gets engaged to Prem, and writes off her entire property to her younger sister, Rashmi.

Prem and Rekha are now a couple and they spend time together. One fateful night, when Rekha and Prem are together, a stranger throws off Rekha from a boat, leaving her to drown, while Prem escapes. Rekha survives, and thinks that Prem is the one who tried to kill her. Rekha returns to her old life, but takes on the identity of her twin sister, Rashmi, to unearth the truth about her killer.

Rekha’s return charges off a sequence of events, with lovers and enemies both wanting to know the truth about who tried to kill Rekha, who’s the person who’s returned as Rekha and whether they are safe from the mysterious killer.

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Kaali Ghata is a rare Bollywood suspense movie that gets it right. Many of them lose their flavor because they don’t show the criminal, or show them in bits and spurts. But with Kaali Ghata, the villain hides in plain sight, as it should be in a good mystery movie.  The concept of someone investigating their own death is a fascinating one as well. and Kaali Ghata brings that aspect successfully. The movie is meta as well. The actor who plays the villain has rarely, if ever, played a negative role. In fact, in my list of rare roles, this one comes higher than Satish Shah playing a negative role in Tahkhana. So, audiences who watch Bollywood movies on a regular basis are in for a treat.

Kaali Ghata isn’t just a good concept or a good story, its a damn good screenplay as well. There are enough tweaks and twerks and ambiguous characters and false alarms to engage the audience. The only issue that the discerning viewer might find a bit off is that there’s very little footage of Shashi Kapoor doing the fight scenes. I wouldn’t be surprised if I found that some body double did all of Shashi Kapoor’s fight scenes – but for me, that takes away from the essence of the movie a bit.

Leaving that one bit, Kaali Ghata is a great Bollywood suspense movie, and everyone who likes the surprises that Bollywood throws once in a while should definitely watch this one.

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Neve Campbell or Courtney Cox: Who’s Final Girl in Scream 5?

Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox have both give their nod to return to the Scream franchise. Scream 5 is now ... The post Neve Campbell or Courtney Cox: Who’s Final Girl in Scream 5? appeared first on Indian Horror Club.

Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox have both give their nod to return to the Scream franchise. Scream 5 is now a highly anticipated Hollywood horror movie. Now, we have some rumors swirling about what the movie will be. Take all of this with a pinch of salt, because you know how Internet rumors can be. But the original article is at WGTC, so believable.

The plot details themselves aren’t very off. In Scream 5, an unknown woman is going to return to her town – the town of Ghostface – and will have to find the culprit behind another wave of murders. Why does the woman need to do this? Is she a police officer, or is she someone who’s the target? Or, is she someone whos’ just a caring neighbor who loses someone precious. There’s no information about that.

Given that both Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox are both returning, the verdict isn’t out on who is the female character who’ll investigate the deaths. My money is on Courtney Cox’s character, Gale Riley, who is an journalist anyway.

It will be interesting to see whether Scream 5 will be able to capture the essence for a new generation. The nineties threw up at least five Hollywood horror franchises, and Scream was the first to get an update as a Netflix Horror Series.  The new avatars of the nineties franchises have had mostly positive results. Only Fantasy Island turned out to be a dud. But the interesting Invisible Man reboot worked at the box office.  There are some others on the way, like Anaconda, a successful Hollywood horror movie in India.

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