SCARY FRIDAYS: upcoming Bollywood horror flicks

By Hindustan Times

Horror seems to be the flavour of the season in Bollywood.

It has been quite some time since Bollywood came up with supernatural thrillers like Raaz, Kaun or Mahal. The genre, however, now seems to make a come-back this year with four movies lined up for release. We take a look at the upcoming horror flicks.

Aatma
Release Date: March 22, 2013
Director: Supan Verma
Producer: Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak
Cast: Bipasha Basu,Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shernaz Patel, Doyel Dhawan
Plot: Aatma is a haunting journey of a single mother Maya Verma (Bipasha Basu) who finally starts her life afresh with her six year old daughter Nia (Doyel Dhawan). As Maya starts to pick up the pieces of her life, strange things starts happening around her. Maya's six year old daughter Nia starts to speak to her dead father (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) but Maya initially feels that she has created an imaginary father to fill the gap in her life. Slowly Maya's life starts to fall apart and the reality gets darker when she realizes that her husband is back to take that one thing he loved-his daughter. As the horrific journey unravels the battle to save her only daughter gets tougher and challenging. But she denies defeat even if the stakes are impossible.
What to expect: Aatma claims to turn your world upside down as it makes you confront your worst nightmare.
The tagline of the movie says "Feel it around you". We expect Bipasha Basu to scare us with her acting, just as she did in Raaz. Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the dead man is something new for the actor. The first trailer of the movie that was released on February 11, however, does not leave much room for expecting a spine-chilling experience with Aatma this March.

3G
Release Date: March 15, 2013
Directors and Writers: Shantanu Ray Chibber, Sheershak Anand
Producer: Eros International and Next Gen Films
Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sonal Chauhan, Mrinalini Sharma
Plot: There are 4.3 Billion mobile phone users in the world. Every minute 60 thousand 'Phantom Calls' are received worldwide. These calls have no known source of origin. Some people believe that these calls are spirits trying to connect to our world!

With this storyline, the movie revolves around Sam Arora (Neil Nitin Mukesh) who buys a second hand 3G cell phone in Fiji and receives a mysterious call from a woman. Sam stays with Sheena (Sonal Chauhan).

What to expect: Technology has become an unavoidable part our lives. The storyline promises to give goosebumps to the modern day audience which is forever connected with technology.

Ek Thi Daayan
Release Date: April 18, 2013
Director: Kannan Iyer
Producers: Ekta Kapoor, Vishal Bhardwaj
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin, Konkona Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi
Plot: Bobo (Emraan Hashmi) is India's leading magician. But unknown to even his girlfriend Tamara, Bobo's life is falling apart. His constant hallucinations leave him with no option but to seek psychiatric help. During the regression hypnosis, a terrifying story about his childhood surfaces involving a sinister power called Daayan who has not only destroyed his family but also promised to return to haunt Bobo.

What to Expect: Another supernatural thriller, but this isn't just another story with ghosts running around the house. The movie's name claims to re-visit the concept of Daayan (evil spirit that lives among humans in form of women). Will Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj manage to scare the audiences? Well, at least the first look of the movie suggests so.

Ragini MMS 2
Release Date: October 11, 2013
Director: Bhushan Patel
Producers: Ekta Kapoor
Cast: Sunny Leone, Sandhya Mridul
Plot: Ragini MMS 2 is the continuation of the 2011 movie Ragini MMS, which was based on real life story of a Delhi girl whose MMS was circulated. The makers are taking ahead the story from where they had left it. Tanuj Garg, CEP, Balaji Motion Pictures said it's a sequel to the first part in the true sense of the word. "We will take the story forward from where part one left off. Those who haven't seen that film will also be able to enjoy it, as it will be explained in the beginning. It's a spook fest; it's got sensuousness, drama and Sunny Leone. "

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