Rack your brains with these whodunits

Pass the time with these thrillers which will keep you at the edge of your seats till the end.

By   |  Published: 18th May 2020  7:51 pm

This is a time when we have no choice, but to keep away from multiplexes. So what movie buffs brought up on a diet of Hindi films can do is settle down with some popcorn and maybe replicate the experience at home.


This Sushmita Sen film has a very high style quotient and you are unlikely to guess the culprit. The actor plays a police officer and is arguably better than the others who have donned the Khaki uniform. A part of the scheme is to catch the clues that the killer is leaving behind.

Bees Saal Baad

With a script inspired by an Arthur Conon Doyle story The Hound of Baskervilles, you can bet this will keep you engaged and entertained. The presence of Waheeda Rehman and debutant Biswajit and haunting music from Hemant Kumar elevates the film.


It is a moot point whether you would like to compliment the film maker Raja Nawathe or its music director(s) Shankar Jaikishan. This is a textbook thriller with the camera lingering on people who are suspects and later become victims. The final sequence is quite thrilling when the real killer is revealed.

Ek Rukha Hua Faisla

Not many would associate Basu Chaterjee with this genre of cinema. A very crisp narrative. It may lack in originality (inspired by a classic from the West), but Basu creates a tight script and makes you want to rewatch the film.


The film has a brilliant antihero performance from Danny playing Zeenat Aman’s crippled husband. The ‘small film’ from BR Chopra really makes one think whether a nice guy is really genuine. Dhund has Zeenat’s style written all over it.


This Raj Sippy film is a thriller which has the kingpin extracting dole from beggars and making merry. Two journalists investigate this racket. This film starring Amjad Khan, Sarika, Vidya Sinha will surprise you at the end. The trick lies in the unusual cast.

Teesri Manzil

It’s rare to find a film which can stand on its own in a genre like this. Vijay Anand steps in to direct Shammi Kapoor (the only time) and Asha Parekh in this thriller. Good suspense. Great songs. Popular to this day.

Mera Saaya

Viewers need to figure out who is the real wife and the dacoit in this drama. Watch Sadhana belt out some amazing Lata numbers and go-to actor for courtroom dramas Sunil Dutt in this caper.


This Sujay Gosh thriller has Vidya Balan on an investigative trip on the streets of Kolkotta. Extremely well-edited, it is one of the good contemporary choices out there.


An awesome thriller starring the likes of Naseruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar and Pankaj Kapoor, this assembly of brilliant actors shines under Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s style. This is a must-see for those who like this genre. Yeh nahi dekha to kya dekha?

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