Beautiful, innocent, child-like, bubbly, vulnerable, ethereal: there are a number of ways one can describe Anushka Sharma. A reason perhaps why the first teaser of her latest film Pari is so disturbing. Ever since the release of the first poster of the film on July 10, 2017, Nush has been preparing us for her first horror flick. We must say that she has succeeded so far. But having said that Bollywood beauties have delivered the scares for years now.
If you grew up in the 90s, chances are that you came across Ram Gopal Varma’s Raat. A film that starred South actress Ravathi and is perhaps the scariest Hindi film produced till date. The story is fairly simple about a family moving into a haunted house but Varma used silence and the innocence of Revathi to great effect.
Ramu repeated his haunted house formula with Bhoot in 2003 only this time it was a rented apartment in Maximum City. This time it was Urmila Matondkar who gave one of her best performances as Swati, a house wife possessed by the spirit of resident evil Manjit. The ensemble cast of Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Rekha, Fardeen Khan and Seema Biswas supported the film well but it was Urmila’s performance that fetched her awards and accolades including Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
Once the sexy siren of Indian cinema, Bipasha Basu is now that A-lister who has made the genre of Horror her own with five supernatural thrillers till date. With Raaz, Raaz 3, Atma, Creature 3D and Alone Bipasha is one of the few A-listers who have shown such love for the genre.
Another leading lady to experiment with the genre fairly earlier in her career was Vidya Balan who gave us the very entertaining psychological thriller Bhool Bhulaiyaa. The official remake of the 1993 Malayalam film, Manichitrathazhu, starring Mohanlal and Shobana, Bhool Bhulaiyaa was set up as a horror flick but later turned out to be one of the finest thrillers that Bollywood had ever remade. Vidya’s Manjulika is still one of her finest performances till date.