There are numerous Bollywood movies released every year. Each and every movie has its own different genre including comedy, action, horror, suspense, thriller, romantic, film noir, fantasy, sports, supernatural, and so on. It was very hard to pick 10 out of countless movies. After finishing the list, another movie stuck into my mind and I had to insert that movie in the list. So after devoting a whole Sunday to it, Movienasha composed a list of the Top 10 best suspense movies in Bollywood. The movies which are mentioned below were personally watched by me and all are really good to watch. I hope this will entice you to watch some. Please leave comments or feedback if you think differently and have something in mind which you want me to notice. Your comments and feedback are most welcome!
Best Suspense Movies in Bollywood
1. Drishyam (2015)
Drishyam (English: Visual/The Sight) is one of the best suspense movies in Bollywood directed by Nishikant Kamat and produced by Abhishek Pathak, Ajit Andhare, and Kumar Mangat Pathak. The movie was released on 31 July 2015 starring Ajay Devgan, Tabu, Shriya Saran, and Rajat Kapoor in the lead role. The biggest USP of the movie is the fascinating story that every moment you are forced to think about what will happen next. One of the best movies I have ever seen, especially from my point of view, the best and perfect movie of Bollywood till now without any mistakes of direction, at least no cheap and fake dramas, climax, vulgar dances of nude heroines, and actions.
It is one of the most anticipated movies of 2015 and a remake of Jeethu Joseph’s 2013 Malayalam movie Drishyam. The most important thing is that the Hindi audience accepts such different stories and movies which have no masala, item songs or fights, or villains. Even if it is remade, good movies should be remade and made well so that the Bollywood audience gets to see good things. It’s high time that the Bollywood audience starts accepting good themes, subjects, and stories like South, Marathi, and Bengali audiences accept. Anyway, hats off the climax…!! (Must watch the movie)
2. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015)
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is one of the top and best suspense movies in Bollywood directed by Dibakar Banerjee and produced by Aditya Chopra and Banerjee. The movie was released on 3 April 2015 starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Swastika Mukherjee, and Anand Tiwari in a lead role. The movie is based on the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi created by the Bengali writer. Films like Byomkesh Bakshy deserve a sequel. Such perfect movies aren’t made frequently in this country. Sushant Singh Rajput did his character very well in the movie.
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I watched it again yesterday and shall watch it again and again whenever I get a chance. and, of course, one of the reasons is the acting of Neeraj Kabi. This movie is a great mix of noir and detective thrillers. The movie is full of suspense and thrillers. The movie gained a positive review from the critics as well as from audiences. This mystery is the one you would even want to solve. The dialogue between Dr.Guha’s Bakshy Babu meri Dosti nahi Le sake, toh meri Dushmani kaise loge is awesomely presented by Neeraj Kabi. I must watch a movie.
3. Kahaani (2012)
Kahaani is a mystery+ suspense movie directed by Sujoy Ghosh and produced by Kushal Kantilal Gada and Sujoy Ghosh. The movie was released on 9 March 2012 starring Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Parambrata Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, and Indraneil Sengupta in the lead role. This movie is also one of the best suspense movies. ‘Kahaani’s takes Kolkata beyond cliches. The city has not only been brilliantly captured but has also been featured as a protagonist itself! I would say that ‘Kahaani’ is one of the best Indian thrillers on celluloid.
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The cinematography of the movie was mind-blowing. I have never purchased a single original DVD in my life… But Kahaani will be my first one. It is the most wonderful movie I have ever seen in Hindi cinema. Kahaani is a well-made film with an attention-grabbing script, marvelous performances and above all Vidya Balan’s well-delivered and award-winning act as a pregnant woman.
4. Talaash (2012)
Talaash: The Answer Lies Within is a psychological thriller+ suspense movie directed by Reema Kagti and produced by Farhan Akhtar, Aamir Khan, and Ritesh Sidwani. The movie was released on 30 November 2012 starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Rani Mukherji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Rajkummar Rao in the lead role. Talaash is an outstanding movie. This movie is also one of the best suspense movies. A taut psychological thriller that keeps you guessing till the end, it leaves you spellbound, leaves you mesmerized, leaves you with an exclamation, ‘Wow!’. An absolute must-watch for all movie buffs. This movie is so cool that it just blows you away in some parts, like your trying to hide behind the seat in front of your row, makes you jump out of your seat a lot…
One thing I tell you that I didn’t want to see it at first because I heard it sucked, but I was like what the hell let’s just give it a shot and it was such a good movie! Emotional and suspenseful, this movie doesn’t disappoint. For Ghajini, the role required him to bulk up. But in Talaash, he was supposed to look like an everyday man. Aamir has consistently proven to give his best in the role. Beautifully woven story. The climax was well executed. The last 20 minutes are certainly jaw-dropping. Rani and Kareena booked their nominations for various award functions with their phenomenal acting. Aamir once proved why he is regarded as Mr. Perfectionist. Performances, storylines, direction, suspense – everything is stunning. Do- Watch this movie if you haven’t.
5. 36 China Town (2006)
36 Chinatown is a Bollywood movie that is full of suspense directed by Abbas-Mustan and produced by Subhash Ghai. The movie was released on 5 May 2006 starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Upen Patel, Johnny Lever, Isha Koppikar, and Paresh Rawal in the lead role. This movie is one of the best suspense movies. The movie is all about the murder mystery in which police officers investigate to find the murderer of a wealthy casino owner, Sonia Chang.
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It is a popcorn-type movie full of suspense, fun, thriller, a little bit of comedy, drama, romance, horror, humor, and crime fiction. In the end, it was surprising to see the killers. I really love that movie and I hope you love it too. It is full-on, a mysterious and suspenseful story. I watched it many times and still I like it. It is one of the best suspense movies in Bollywood, I have ever seen. The movie is a remake of the English movie Once Upon a Crime in 1992 and a Bollywood adaptation of the 1960 Italian movie Crimen.
6. Special 26 (2013)
Special 26 is a Bollywood thriller heist movie directed by Neeraj Pandey and produced by Kumar Mangat and Shital Bhatia. The movie was released on 8 February 2013 starring Kajal Aggarwal, Akshay Kumar, Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, and Divya Dutta in the lead role. It is one of the best and most awaited movies of 2013. I must watch a movie for everyone with decent comedy and an ultimate twist in the end!!!
I must say that “Special 26” is a movie which engages the audience till the end and it is really one of the finest thriller+ suspense movies so far. Performance-wise, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, and Manoj Bajpayee have done excellent (their Best). The movie is based on a 1987 Opera House heist where a group posing as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers executed an income tax raid on a jeweler in Mumbai. It’s sure to get listed as one of the most gripping heist dramas based on real-life occurrences.
7. A Wednesday! (2008)
A Wednesday! is an Indian suspense+ drama movie that was written and directed by Neeraj Pandey and produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Anjum Rizvi, and Shital Bhatia. The movie was released on 5 September 2008 starring Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Bashir, and Deepal Shaw in the lead role. It is the official remake of ” A Common Man” in English starring Ben Cross and Ben Kingsley. It was the inspiration for the Telugu movie Eeenadu and Tamil movie Unnaipol Oruvan.
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The movie is all about a common man. The movie depicts that there is nothing more dangerous than an innocent common man when gets pissed off. The movie gave me goosebumps at the end of the movie. The movie generally received positive reviews from critics comparing it to the movies of the Die Hard Series. It’s perfect in every aspect as it meets the entertainment quota and also delivers a great message all at the same time. It is an excellent movie and the superb acting by Naseeruddin Shah. This is a reminder to the authorities to NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A COMMON MAN!
8. Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
Bhool Bhulaiyaa (English: The Maze) is an Indian suspense+ horror movie directed by Priyadarshan and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Kishan Kumar. The movie was released on 12 October 2007 starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Ameesha Patel, Vineeth, and Shiney Ahuja Paresh Rawal in the lead role. The official remake of the 1993 Malayalam movie Manichitrathazhu stars Mohanlal in the lead role. This movie was already remade into several Indian movies.
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The background score of the movie is so dangerous it creeps with those spooky sounds. It is one of the best suspense movies in Bollywood. The acting is done by Vidya Balan as Manjulika was incredible. One of my all-time favorites. What a movie, doesn’t bore me how many times I watch it. If you want to be a little scared and laugh, you must see that movie. Go for it guys.
9. Table No. 21 (2013)
Table No. 21 is a suspense+ thriller movie directed by Aditya Datt and produced by Sunil Lulla and Vicky Rajani. The movie is named after Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which specifies the Protection of Life and Personal Liberty. The movie was released on 4 January 2013 starring Paresh Rawal, Tina Desai, and Rajeev Khandelwal in a lead role. It was the most wonderful movie I have ever seen. It’s one of my favorite movies. I feel this is the best movie, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.. well executed.
If you don’t watch it, then you definitely missed something. The movie made me emotional at the end. The suspense remains maintained at the end of the movie. The message was portrayed very well in the movie. The movie keeps you engaged right from start to finish. Also, one of my favorite songs from the movie is- Mann Mera Song. The song has received more than 7 million views on YouTube. This song is so beautiful that I can’t stop replaying it while writing about it. Let’s have a look – Mann Mera. Here are the lyrics:
Saari raat aahein bharta, pal pal yaadon me marta
maane na meri mann mera,
Thode thode hosh madhoshi si hai, neend behoshi se hai jaane kuch bhi na mann mera
Kabhi mera tha par ab began hai ye
Deewana deewana samjhe na….
10. Murder 3 (2013)
Murder 3 is an Indian suspense movie directed by Vishesh Bhatt and produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt. The movie was released on 15 February 2013 starring Randeep Hooda, Sara Loren, and Aditi Rao Hydari in the lead role. It is the sequel to the 2011 movie Murder 2. This is the third installment in the Murder film franchise. It is an official Bollywood remake of the Colombian thriller The Hidden Face in 2011.
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It is one of the finest and best suspense movies in Bollywood. An outstanding story narrated with extreme enthusiasm. Vishesh Bhatt hits the boundary on his very first attempt! The songs of the movie are really amazing. My favorite ones are Mat Azma Re, Hum Jee Lenge, and Teri Jhukhi Nazar. I hope you also like it. Also, share your personal experience with us after watching the movie. Your feedback is always welcome!
Without these movies, the whole list or article is not complete. That’s why I added or introduced “Additional Movies”. Actually that additional movie is suggested by our movie lovers by commenting with the help of a comment box. (At the end of the post) Then I will analyze that movie and add that movie to the list. If you wanna give us any suggestions related to the movies, feel free to tell us via comment or by email. Your comments and feedback are always welcome!
* Ugly (2013)
This movie was suggested by one of my addicted movie lovers. He wanted me to mention that movie on the list. After watching and discussing it with my team, I think this movie should be on the list. Without adding this movie, the list will not be completed. Thanks to Wriddhi for recommending me such a great movie.
Ugly is one of the best suspense movies of 2014 which I forgot to mention in the list. This movie is full of suspense+thriller which was directed by Anurag Kashyap and produced by Phantom Films. The movie features Rahul Bhat, Ronit Roy, Girish Kulkarni, Siddhanth Kapoor, and many others in the lead role.
Ugly would have felt like an exaggeration of dark characters. Ugly is an amazing movie that gave us a big lesson that protects your kids and saves them from evil eyes. This movie hit me hard. Anurag Kashyap is too smart for the Indian audience. Only a highly creative man can make this type of movie. Ugly is one of the best films by Kashyap. The people who have seen and understood Interstellar and Inception will understand this too!!!! The movie is not meant for everyone. Not everyone’s cup of tea. Ugly” is a disturbing movie that will make you wriggle in your seat. But if you don’t mind that, it is worth a watch. If you really want to watch this movie, then click the link and share your views with us- Ugly Movie.
* Talvar (2015)
Talvar (English title: Guilty) is one of the best Bollywood thriller movies directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Vineet Jain and Vishal Bhardwaj. The movie was released on 2 October 2015 starring Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi, and Sohum Shah in the lead role. The movie is based on the 2008 Noida double murder case. The film has tried to cover all the aspects regarding Aarushi’s murder case. I am very disappointed with the way CBI and the police handled this case. Talvar is a film striving to portray the case not in a black and white manner by clearly demarcating who is in the right and who in the wrong, but by trying to present all sides of the case in an unbiased manner.
However, the film will fail in its endeavor if the public itself decides to take sides before reviewing the film. If we have already firmly made up our minds regarding the culprits and the perpetrators of this case, I see no point in those individuals seeing this film. The prime objective of this motion picture will fall flat on people whose vision is already tainted with their version of black and white. This movie has literally shaken me from inside. I can’t get over its impact. It really hits you deep inside your mind. It compels you to think over the circumstances and re-rationalize your thoughts. “Talvar” in a true sense, the conflict between justice and prejudice has a deep impact on us and our society. It’s an eye-opening movie and I must watch a movie.
* Rahasya (2015)
Rahasya (English: Mystery) is an Indian murder mystery+thriller movie directed and written by Manish Gupta. The movie was released on 30 January 2015 starring Kay Kay Menon, Ashish Vidyarthi, Tisca Chopra, Mita Vasisht, Nimai Bali, Ashwani Kalsekar, and many others. It is also counted as the best suspense movies of all. The movie was inspired by the Aarushi murder case, which was met with some criticism by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. The movie generally received positive reviews.
The film revolves around the story of an 18-year-old girl, Ayesha Mahajan (Sakshi Sem), who is murdered in her own house. Her father Sachin Mahajan (Ashish Vidyarthi) is deemed the prime suspect in the murder. CBI Officer Sunil Paraskar (Kay Kay Menon) picks up the case and soon finds evidence that makes it more difficult to determine who exactly is responsible for Ayesha’s death. In the end, he realizes that Ayesha’s mother (Tisca Chopra) had murdered her because Ayesha was an illegitimate child of Sachin and the family’s maid (Ashwini Kalsekar).
*Ankur Arora Murder case (2013)
Ankur Arora’s murder case is one of the best suspense+thriller movies directed by Suhail Tatari and written by Vikram Bhatt. The movie was released on 14 June 2013 along with Fukrey. The movie features Tisca Chopra, Arjun Mathur, Kay Kay Menon, Paoli Dam, and Vishakha Singh in the lead roles. The film takes up an urgent and disturbing issue of death during surgery and is based on a real-life incident where a boy dies on the operation table due to medical negligence. The shooting of the film started after nearly one year of research and similarities to real life are in this case, not coincidental.
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