The Nineties saw the rise of the Ramsay clones. Ramsay themselves turned to dole out the crap on television. Horror movies never had a future in India. Not until there was Ram Gopal Varma. But before Ram Gopal Varma started with “Shiva”, there were some memorable horror movies and not all of them were good. In fact they were worst.
Gulzar directs the movie. Dimple Kapadia plays a ghost who is trapped between time and the vast ruins of the Rajastan dessert. Vinod Khanna plays an engineer working in Rajasthan. The movie is known more for its beautiful songs by Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosale like “Yaara Seeli Seeli”. Music was by Lata Mangeshkar’s brother Hridhaynath Mangeshkar. The movie is not exactly haunting and is a beautiful experience but slower in pace. I think it did not succeed because of slow pace.
Pyar Ka Saaya (1991)
Remember an English movie, “Ghost”. Now imagine the movie with actors speaking in hindi. Now replace Patrick Swayze with Rahul Roy. Replace the irreplaceable Demi Moore with the forgettable Sheeba. Replace the villain, Tony Goldwyn with Mohnish Behl and replace the balding ghost Vincent Schiavelli with our own bald Avtar Gill and Finally replace Whoppi Goldberg with Amrita Singh and you have a perfect copy of “Ghost” with same scenes, same story and even same dialogues. Lawrence D’souza who earlier directed “Saajan” gives a crap of a movie. And yes also replace the classic love making scene between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, when she is making earther pots with a song in the rain by heavily drenched Rahul Roy and Sheeba. Watch Ghost instead.
Mahesh Bhatt directs ths Rahul Roy and Pooja Bhatt starrer, a take off on Werewolf. Rahul Roy is bitten by a killed by a curse tiger and becomes a tiger himself every full moon. He marries Pooja Bhatt against her wishes. Avinash Wadhavan (Remember him?) plays her lover. It was said that Rahul roy spent hours to complete his makeup for tiger. The film begins quite well before going from good to bad.
Ram Gopal Varma made an impressive debut in the Hindi film industry with “Shiva”. The Hindi film industry was about to see different, if not good movies. A diversion from the regular masala movies. In 1992, he made “Raat”, a horror. These were the times when the Ramsay and their clones totally dominated the horror scene. Horror movies meant sleazy B-grade movies with gross faced demons and ghosts. “Raat” was different. The ghost is only seen in the climax. The rest of the movie is an excellent use of camera angles and sound to put fear in our mind. The fear of unknown is scarier than an actor in a gorilla suit. Revathy plays a normal girl leaving with her parents and her sister’s son. The family moves to a new house and then Revathy is possessed by the ghost of a woman who mysteriously disappeared from the house. The movie plays on the viewer imagination where the ghost is imagined by the viewer. The movie had no songs, the only star were Revathy and Om Puri who plays the exorcist. The exorcist is played by Om Puri. The movie was a roller coaster ride just made to scare. Each camera angle, each sound was supposed to make your heart stop. My friend saw this movie in the theatre and the whole movie he saw with his eyes covered. Don’t ask me how? The opening scene where Revathy walks down from a bus into an unnamed village and the camera follows her just like a third person following her. Nobody is in the village and then she is shown running from the camera. Ram Gopal Varma rates this movie as his worst movie.
Paapi Gudiya (1996)
Mahesh Kothari is a well-known Marathi producer-director. He has given many hit, entertaining movies. He sort of made a remake of Child’s Play in Marathi called “Jhapatlela” The movie was low budget and had Dilip Prabhavalkar as the villain and comedy by Laxmikant Berde who operates the doll. In spite of having low budget and limited resources, the movie was well appreciated because of the special effect achieved at such low cost. What does “Paapi Gudiya” has to do with “Jhapatlela”. Well, “Paapi Gudiya was a remake of “Jhapatlela”and it was really a bad remake. Starring Avinash Wadhavan and Karishma Kapoor.
To Be Continued…………………..