THE FEAR FACTOR: Horror makes big moolah in Bollywood
Raaz 3 starring Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta probably is one of the most successful horror movies of recent times. Made on a budget of Rs 25 crore, the film has collected over Rs 60 crore in two weeks. Is horror genre here to stay? Will it get bigger than this?
UPCOMING HORROR FILMS Bhoot returns: The film is a sequel to the 2003 film Bhoot directed by RGV. The first trailer of Bhoot returns premiered in theatres with the release of Raaz 3. It features a little girl playing with a partly visible spirit in the living room in the wee hours and the scene is being captured on a webcam. The trailer was certified an "A" rating from the Censor board of India.
Release Date: October 12, 2012
1920 - Evil Returns: Aftab Shivdasani plays a poet, rich man, who is devastated by a love he had lost. He lives the life of an alcoholic, wondering what his mission in life might be. Then one day he finds a young girl, played by Tia, washed up on a lake shore.
He brings her home to learn that she has no memory of the past and that she has brought a spirit along with her, a spirit that sought to destroy her.
Aftab vows to protect her but the spirit has other plans. It possesses her. To save her from the possession, Aftab needs to know what Tia had done to incur the wrath of the spirit. ....but then she has no memory. To save her he needs to find her past that even she does not remember.....and then time is running out!
Release Date: November 2, 2012
Aatma: Aatma, directed by Suparn Varma of Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena and Acid Factory fame, revolves around Bipasha's character and her experience with a spirit.
A set has been specially built on the 21st floor of a building in Andheri for the shooting of Aatma as the story takes place in an apartment in a building. The film has a major twist in the climax and to maintain the confidentiality, only Bipasha, director Suparn Varma and the producers, Kumar Mangat and Abhishek Pathak have the complete script.
Release Date: Not available
SCARY MOVIES WITH A DIFFERENCE
Woh Kaun Thi? (1964) One stormy night, a doctor offers a ride to a ghostly woman he meets on the side of the road. Later, he discovers his intended bride is identical in appearance to the ghost. Who was she and why does she haunt him? The film starred Sadhana, Manoj Kumar, Parveen Choudhary and K.N. Singh.
Mahal (1949) A young lawyer is involved with a ghostly woman in his new house, where the builder and his fianc?e died shortly after it was built. (165 mins.) It starred Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, M. Kumar, Vijayalaxmi.
Bees Saal Baad (1962) After a lusty Thakur rapes a young girl, she kills herself. Thereafter, the Thakur is killed by what the local people call the girl's vengeful spirit... The film starred Biswajeet, Waheeda Rehman, Manmohan Krishna, Madan Puri.
13B: Fear Has a New Address (2009) In today's world, the major source of relief, information and entertainment is the TV. But what happens when television becomes a scare to your life. The film stars Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Poonam Dhillon, Sachin Khedekar.