Why was Sairat such a massive hit? Probably because at the core of the status dynamics, politics and honour killing was a simple love story. Romance and light-hearted dramas could easily be ranked as the most popular genres across world cinema. But there are many cinema-goers who thoroughly enjoy horror movies like Bhoot, Kaun, Conjuring, etc.
The Marathi film industry has also offered some good horror/thriller stories that have been much appreciated by critics and audiences. If you are a fan of this genre, here are some Marathi films you can enjoy.
Akalpith is a 2014 release starring Renuka Shahane, Nirmiti Sawant and veteran actor Mohan Agashe. Written and directed by Prasad Acharekar, this psychological thriller has its fair share of twists and turns. A man is accused of three murders, but when interrogated, he completely denies remembering anything. He is tagged insane, but what follows keeps the viewers completely hooked until the climax unfolds.
Anvatt, another 2014 release, stars Adinath Kothare and Urmila Kanitkar. It’s a gripping paranormal tale, set in the ’70s and shot in the picturesque Konkan. Adinath and Urmila play a couple that moves to a remote village to provide medical help. But a series of events puts their lives in extreme jeopardy that could prove fatal. With Anvatt, Gajendra Ahire dons the director’s hat and Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar helms the music department.
In March 2017, came the revenge/horror film Kanika, directed by Pushkar Manohar. It starred acclaimed actor Sharad Ponkshe and Chaitrali Gupte in lead roles. Kanika traces the loopholes and ill practices in the medical fraternity. A renowned doctor starts to encounter paranormal activities and finds his fellow doctors in the same mess. What unfolds is the unveiling of their ill-doings and someone seeking revenge for the same.
In this day and age, who isn’t aware of the boons of the internet? Nevertheless, we are cautious of getting caught in its venomous claws. The August 2018 release 'Take Care Good Night' did a great job of exploring the territory of cyber-crime. It is about a family miserably grappling with the ills of the digital world. With this movie, actor Girish Joshi turned director for the first time and delivered an intense thriller. Its star cast boasts of Sachin Khedekar, Iravati Harshe and Mahesh Manjrekar, among others. The story subtly touches upon the lack of everyday conversations and dwindling emotions among people. This movie proves to be a good blend of strong acting and direction and to-the-point dialogues.
From the stable of Aakruti Production House came the horror film Karma Chakra in February 2019. Directed by Milind Rokade and B. Sudhakar Sudarshan Rao, this movie was shot in a span of 13 days. Karma Chakra traces the story of five friends who go in search of artifacts and end up awakening their fates. What follows is a series of spine-chilling events that could leave them dead. Aptly paced, good background score and fine acting by newcomers make this thriller a must-watch.