Thriller fever grips Bollywood, Talaash to be 2012's closing deal


By Hindustan Times

Aamir Khan will be back this Friday with Reema Kagti's Talaash. With its plot kept tightly under wraps, the crime-thriller is generating a lot of curiosity.

Genre: Crime/Thriller
Director: Reema
Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji
Plot: A cop, a housewife and a prostitute get entangled in a mystery that links their lives in unexpected ways.
USP: Lethal combination of Aamir, Kareena and Rani + Perfectionist Khan's success rate
Release date: November 30

Meanwhile, we take a look at best thrillers of 2012 and next year's most promising ones.

2012 has been a year of thrillers with Talaash to be the closing deal. While not all managed to create an impact, some definitely thrilled the audience.

Raaz 3D
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta
Plot: A filmmaker must save his love from the black magic of a wicked woman who has become blind in love, lust and passion.
USP: Emraan-Bipasha paired up for the first time and Bipasha returned to playing an antagonist
Release date: September 7

Ek Tha Tiger
Genre: Romance/Thriller
Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif
Plot: RAW agent Tiger is on a mission to retrieve information from a scientist in Dublin.
USP: Ex-lovers reunited onscreen and of course, Salman mania needs no introduction.
Release date: August 15

Genre: Political/Thriller
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee
Plot: Prime leader of a campaign against a big government project is killed in what appears to be a road accident. An IAS officer is ordered to probe the incident and the veils of falsehood begin to drop.
USP: The realistic set-up and gripping screenplay.
Release date: June 8

Jannat 2
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Director: Kunal Deshmukh
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Randeep Hooda
Plot: After fixing matches in Jannat (2008), Emraan Hashmi returns to being the greedy KKC Sonu Dilli in its sequel.
USP: A complete A-rated Emraan Hashmi film.
Release date: May 4

Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee
Plot: A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met her husband.
USP: Post The Dirty Picture success, Vidya Balan in her pregnant avatar created a lot of buzz.
Release date: March 9


Thriller fever will not end with this year. Come 2013, and Bollywood has an interesting mix on plate.

Race 2
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Abbas-Mustan
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel
Plot: A son decided to take revenge after his father goes into depression and the race (where betrayal is survival) begins for the second time.
USP: After hit Race, duo Abbas-Mustan is back to twist your mind and senses with an interesting star cast.
Release date: January 25

Murder 3
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Director: Vishesh Bhatt
Cast: Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari
Plot: Murder 3 will not be an erotic film but will have sensuality. Other details are not known yet.
USP: The Murder franchise, which started with Mallika Sherawat in the first part and Jacqueline Fernandez in the second, will now be taken forward by Aditi Rao Hydari.
Release date: February 15

Shootout at Wadala
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Cast: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Sonu Sood
Plot: Based on the first-ever registered encounter by the Mumbai Police, which took place on November 1, 1982.
USP: A sequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala, the cast is interesting and the plot gripping.
Release date: May 1

Genre: Political/Thriller
Director: Prakash Jha
Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai
Plot: The film is expected to be based on the current scenario where the middle-class all over the world is in anguish with the system and is gearing up to renegotiate democracy.
USP: A Prakash Jha thriller starring an exciting mix of actors.
Release date: August 15

Ragini MMS 2
Genre: Thriller/Horror
Director: Bhushan Patel
Cast: Sunny Leone
Plot: The original film revolved around the video footage of a girl named Ragini and was loosely inspired from the real story of a girl from Delhi. The sequel too is inspired by a real-life story.
USP: After Jism 2, this will be Sunny Leone's second Bollywood outing.
Release date: October 11