What’s the idea of a perfect Saturday night for you? For me, it is getting under the covers with my laptop, switching off the lights, and watching some really mind-blowing suspense thrillers one after the other. Exciting much?
Well, to make your Saturdays as thrilling and exciting as mine, here’s a list of some of the greatest suspense movies that Bollywood has gifted us over the years. I bet these will keep you on the edge of your seat all throughout!
It’s a stormy evening and a serial killer is on the loose. A woman (Urmila Matondkar), whose husband is out of town for business, suddenly finds her doorbell ringing by this psychotic stranger (Manoj Bajpayee) who by all means wants to enter her huge mansion. A twisting turn of events compels her to open the door only to find another stranger (Sushant Singh) standing at the door holding a gun and claiming to be a police inspector. With both the strangers inside her bungalow now, the woman is confused as one of them is telling a lie...or maybe both!
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
A 10-year old girl is kidnapped when she is out in the market with her father (Rahul Kapoor). The father approaches the police with his friend (Vineet Singh) but the girl’s stepfather (Ronit Roy), steps into the investigation. As the story unfolds, Ugly gets uglier and as all threads come together one realizes that everyone is hiding a few secrets in their closet. Whether it is the father, stepfather, or the mother, every character has a dark rotten side, the stench of which can be smelled throughout the film.
A police inspector (Amir Khan) and his wife are struggling to deal with the loss of their only son. While the cop is on a guilt trip, the wife finds solace in talking to the spirit of their dead son. In the meantime, he is asked to investigate the case of an actor who has died under strange circumstances. The inspector finds solace in a prostitute (Kareena Kapoor) who also mysteriously keeps offering him hints.
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
A pregnant woman (Vidya Balan) comes to India from London in search of her missing husband. But she is shocked to find out that her husband actually never even existed. No one in the city knows him! As the investigation proceeds, more and more people involved in it get murdered. With unexpected twists and a shocking ending, this one is a must watch.
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
An obsessed lover Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) employs devious means to get the attention of Kiran (Juhi Chawla). Juhi, who is in love with Sunil (Sunny Deol) is unaware that her stalker is one of her classmates from college. Rahul’s obsession for Kiran is so strong that he doesn’t stop stalking her even after she gets married to Sunil. Watch the movie to find out who wins in this story of love, obsession and fear.
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
A murder has been committed and the prime suspect is Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn), a humble, middle-class cable operator. The victim is the son of a high ranking police officer, IG Meera Deshmukh (Tabu). As the police leave no stone unturned in trying to confirm their suspicion, find out how Vijay will go out of his way to protect his family. This one will keep on the edge of your seat!
IMDB Rating: 8.3/10
A loner and introvert, Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) get's a phone call from a mystery man whose voice resembles his own. If Karthik follows the instructions of this mystery man and tells no one about him he will achieve success in his professional life and also win the love of his co-worker and crush (Deepika Padukone).
IMDB Rating: 7/10
Sarika (Urmila Matondkar) falls in love with a charming businessman Karan (Saif Ali Khan) and gets married to him without caring much about his background. Few days into the marriage and she is wrongly arrested for carrying drugs in a parcel that her husband had asked her to deliver. Karan visits her in the prison and tells her that there has been a huge misunderstanding. She, however, is found guilty and is sentenced a long term in jail. This is when she realises her husband has used her for his personal motives. Will she find a way to escape and take revenge?
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
A vengeful bank manager Vijay Singh Rajput (Amitabh Bachchan) decides to rob the bank to get even with his bosses. He chooses three blind men Elias (Paresh Rawal), Vishwas (Akshay Kumar), and Arjun (Arjun Rampal) to do the job under the training of Svelte teacher Neha (Sushmita Sen). Will the three men be successful in pulling off this Hollywood style bank robbery? Will they be caught? To what lengths will Vijay go to get the money?
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
A Rajasthan PWD worker, Satyaveer (Abhay Deol) is tired of his middle-class lifestyle and nagging wife. He also gets suspended from his job for accepting a bribe and his novel, Manorama fares badly in the market. The twist starts when Manorama, wife of the corrupt Irrigation Minister of the state, approaches Satyaveer to collect evidence against her husband's extramarital affair. Watch things get complicated as a series of lies and deceit wait ahead for Satyaveer.
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
A psychotic serial killer Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddique) who is inspired by the 60s serial killer Raman Raghav is obsessed with a young, corrupt and drug addict cop Raghav (Vicky Kaushal). He starts stalking him and that leads to a cat and mouse game. Will Ramanna be successful in convincing Raghav that he is his soulmate and that they are similar in so many ways?
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Ranvir (Saif Ali Khan) is a ruthless businessman who will do anything for money. And so is his alcoholic half brother Rajiv (Akshay Khanna). Accompanied by Sonia (Bipasha Basu) and Sophia (Katrina Kaif), the brothers are out to kill each other in a bid to inherit the insurance money. The movie is full of unexpected twists and a confusing love rectangle and you're pretty much left guessing till the end.
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
By far, our favourite in the list of Bollywood suspense movies released after the year 2000! A piano player (Ayushmann Khurrana), pretending to be blind, is the only eye witness to the murder of a former actor. A series of shocking events are waiting to happen in his life, but is the piano player as naive as he seems to be? Watch the movie to find out.
IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
A desolate Amrita Jayshanker (Kalki Koechlin) meets four strangers whose daily shenanigans include drugs, sex, and alcohol. She is a perfect fit in the group until they kill a couple in a hit-and-run case. When the cop starts blackmailing them and demanding money, they fake a kidnap to extort money from Amrita’s father. Will they be successful in their mastermind plan or will things get more complicated.
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
A serial killer is targeting and killing the homeless in Mumbai. A suspended sub-inspector (Kay Kay Menon) wants to investigate the case as he knows this is the only way to get reinstated. As he starts his investigation, the officer has little idea that soon he himself will become the prime suspect of these heart-wrenching cases.
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
A double murder has been committed and the two witnesses of the crime are a reputed writer (Sidharth Malhotra) and a housewife (Sonakshi Sinha). Interestingly, they are also prime suspects. Both have two different versions of what happened on that fateful night. Can detective Dev Verma (Akshaye Khanna) find out who the real criminal is- the writer? Or the housewife? Or both?
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Have you watched any of these Bollywood suspense movies? If not, get going right away!
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