One of the most loved film genres, Psychological thrillers are like a roller coaster ride of emotions. These nail-biting, jaw-dropping movies emphasize the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional state. A good psychological thriller film is like a mental exercise where your mind stays curious, alert and intuitive all the time. From twisting plots to changing personalities, a movie is found with different layers in this genre. Usually, when we talk about good psychological thrillers we tend to favour foreign films (mostly Hollywood) over Indian movies, but our very own Bollywood also has some mind-boggling psychological thrillers on its list.
These 5 psychological thrillers are a must-watch if you haven’t watched them yet.
Similar to the Filipino movie named Cavite, Aamir is a movie inspired by the Post-9/11 era. Written and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, the movie revolves around a Muslim doctor played by Rajeev Khandelwal, who upon returning to Mumbai to find that his family is missing and ultimately found himself coerced into a terrorist conspiracy by a mysterious caller played by Gajraj Rao and his henchmen. This movie is so realistic that at times it’s almost relatable. With magnificent cinematography and direction, it is considered to be one of the bests in its time.
One of the best movies of Ram Gopal Verma, ‘Kaun?’ is an example of the finest psychological thriller with brilliant performances, a gripping storyline and jaw-dropping twists. The most surprising part of the story is, it has just three characters and was shot in a single location, unlike any other thriller movies. The film is about a girl(Urmila Matondkar) who is alone in her house waiting for her parents to come back, but everything changes when a strange man (ManojBajpai) knocks on her door and insists her to let him in.
This intense psychological drama will shake you to the core and leave you thinking long after it is over. Directed by Homi Adajania, and starring the finest actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, BomanIrani and Saif Ali Khan, the story is about a dysfunctional Parsifamily where everything changed when a strange man named Cyrus (Saif Ali Khan) comes into their lives. The film is crisp, taut and precise. These 90 minutes will keep you on the edge of your seats.
The Stoneman Murders
Inspired by the real-life footpath stoning incidents that made headlines in the early 80s in Mumbai, The Stoneman Murders is a neat thriller that will keep you glued to your seats. Directed by Manish Gupta, this mainly revolves around a suspended sub-inspector SanjayShelar played by Kay Kay Menon, who under the backing of senior officer Satam was assigned to carry out a parallel investigation on the mysterious murders happening on Mumbai pavements where a rival officer KedarPhadke played by Arbaaz Khan comes as a barrier in his investigation.
Directed by the king of Psychological thriller Anurag Kashyap, Ugly is a dark, gory, hard-hitting film like any other Kashyap’s film. The movie is about corruption, indifference, and systemic violence and focuses on human follies and emotions. The story is about the disappearance of a 10-year-old kid and her dysfunctional family with a mother battling depression, her father and a stepfather.