A type of thriller which focuses on the unstable psychological states of the characters is a psychological thriller. It often incorporates elements off and overlaps the story with mystery, drama, action, slasher and horror genres. There are a lot of psychological thrillers made in Bollywood, but get very little appreciation. Reliving the best of the best here is Humor Nation with top best Bollywood psychological thrillers.
So Let’s Take A Look At 10 Best Bollywood Psychological Thrillers That You Should Watch Today!
1. Aamir (2008)
Aamir is similar to the Filipino movie “Cavite” is also an underrated psychological thriller. An introduction to Rajeev Khandelwal who does nothing, but impress in his portrayal of the innocent Dr. Amir Ali again like Rama. Stuck by circumstances with a mysterious phone call where all orders have to be abided by as his family is under custody. Nail-biting peace this movie will keep you on the edge of your seats.
2. Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)
Directed by Vijay Lalwani and starring Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar in lead roles. Karthik Calling Karthik is another commendable entry in the psychological thriller genre. An introvert lacking confidence doing an average job has had enough and wants to make major amends in his life. A phone call seems to give all the answers, but there’s always a catch, shocking revelations and psychological takes on human behavior. This movie is a must watch.
3. Murder 2 (2011)
In my opinion the best Murder movie in the entire franchise. This movie has one of the most surprising compelling and edge of the seat storylines. A movie focusing on the unexplained disappearance of prostitutes and various links leading up to the introduction of Prashant Narayanan’s character Dheeraj Pandey who is phenomenal in the movie. Watch this movie for the interrogations, the acting and the creepy, scary and horrifying second half.
4. No Smoking (2007)
Another movie written and directed by Anurag Kashyap that isn’t appreciated for the gem it actually is. The film is loosely based on the short story “Quitters Inc.” by Stephen King. The story follows key played by John Abraham, a self-obsessed narcissists chain smoker who agrees to kick his habit to save his marriage and visits a rehabilitation center. The movie follows elements of surrealism, fantasy, horror and dark humor and if you are into getting really mind blown this movie is for you.
5. Talvar (2015)
Talvar is directed by Meghna Gulzar and the story of the film is written by Vishal Bharadwaj. Talvar is based on the double murder case in Noida in which a teenage girl and her family servant were found murdered and her parents were convicted for the crime. You may believe whatever happened in the actual case, but the movie’s portrayal of complacency, corruption and sheer ignorant during investigations is eye-opening and the movie has a powerful method of pulling your emotional strings.
6. Deewangee (2002)
Directed by Anees Bazmee and loosely based on the Richard Gere movie “Primal Fear”. Deewangee is also classic not given its due credit, with one of the best performances by Ajay Devgan. The film focuses on a lawyer who takes up a case of an individual suffering from split personality disorder. The movie has such an intense exchange among actors and a storyline that keeps you guessing. Watch it cause trust me you won’t believe how it ends.
7. Drishyam (2015)
The film is the remake of the 2013 Malayalam film of the same name. The best thing about this genre is that you keep guessing the outcome till the very end. Following the death of the inspector-general son, the entire movie revolves around finding out who truly is the culprit and what led to such events. From jaw-dropping twists and turns and great performances, Drishyam is a must watch for everyone.
8. Ek Hasina Thi (2004)
This film is directed by Sriram Raghavan and it is produed by Gopal Varma. It has one of the most underrated performances of Urmila Matondkar and Saif Ali Khan. The story about a romantic relationship which the woman does not foresee to be set up in order to get her embroiled in crime and jail time is one of the best psychological thrillers in Bollywood. See it for the performances and the crazy nature and journey of revenge.
9. Being Cyrus (2005)
Another highly underrated movie “Being Cyrus” is one of the most subtle psychological thrillers in Bollywood. A movie revolving around a dysfunctional Parsi family, Cyrus played by Saif Ali Khan enters this entire mess and is instructed to carry out horrible deeds for individual ulterior motives. With one of the craziest plot twists and it’s endearing dark comedy Being Cyrus had to make it in the list.
10. Ugly (2014)
A movie written and directed by the king of psychological thrillers Anurag Kashyap. Ugly is a movie centered around the kidnapping of a 10-year old daughter of a struggling actor. How the world in this day and age of corruption, greed and pure evil is ready to demand a piece of their pie. Watch this movie for the real portrayal of people we see in our daily lives, the adversity we face and the unexpected twists and turns.