Suspense is a genre that will keep you on the tenterhooks with plot mechanisms like twists and red herrings (making the viewer falsely believe that a certain character is the killer) and edge-of-the-seat moments. Some of the best Bollywood suspense movies are listed below:
- Woh Kaun Thi: It tells the story of Dr. Anand enacted by Manoj Kumar who gets enamored by a mysterious girl portrayed by Sadhana. He later gets married to a girl Sandhya who looks just like the mysterious girl. The climax of the movie is truly shocking!
- Khiladi: One of the first big hits of Akshay Kumar, the film is about the murder of Sabeeha, who is friends with Akshay’s character, how he and his friends get implicated, and how he finds out the real killer. This movie spawned several ‘Khiladi’ series of movies starring Akshay Kumar.
- Jewel Thief: Directed by Vijay Anand, this movie is regarded as one of the best suspense movies in Indian film industry. It showcases the amazing acting talents of the legendary Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, and Vjayanthimala as well as melodious music that evokes passion even today!
- Teesri Manzil: A musical blockbuster, Teesri Manzil was also a taut suspense thriller. It tells the tale of the female protagonist Sunita played by Asha Parekh who wants to avenge the death/suicide of her sister.
- Khamosh: One of the lesser known movies of Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Khamosh features great actors like Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar, and Naseeruddin Shah, etc. The murder mystery slowly unravels to reveal the shocking truth at the end.
- Mohra: One of the biggest blockbusters of the 1990s, Mohra is as good a suspense movie as it gets. It has everything from great action to catchy music. The story twists and turns with each passing shot and eventually leads to revelation of the mind-boggling truth at the end.
- Kahaani: This movie opened up the genre of suspense once again in Bollywood. Fabulous acting by Vidya Balan and the tense storytelling make this movie a true-blue suspense movie instead of a suspense thriller.
- Kaun: The movie features just 3 characters played by Urmila Matondkar, Sushant Singh, and Manoj Bajpayee. But the treatment and dramatization in the movie is such that viewers do not take their eyes off the screen even for one moment. Have fun!