The meaning of psychology is when the mind is involved in the process of something rather than physical body and thriller is when there is a tingling sensation or wave of emotion through the body. Bollywood has been a powerhouse of making psychological thrillers. Although they are not so popular but they still have impressions on the audiences. Due to the connection with the brain it is obvious that it required extra hard work as compare to the regular films directed. The themes that are involved are reality, perception, mind, existence, identity and death. These kinds of psychological thriller movies have more ambiguity, tortured and extremely complex characters.
8. Kaun (1999)
Kaun is considered one of the best works of Ram Gopal Verma. Urmila Matondkar who is the main character appears to be normal in the starting but turns out to be psychological protagonist in the end. With only three characters in the entire movie it still managed to hold the audiences. The movies received lot of acclaims and Kaun turned out to be one of the best psychological thrillers in Bollywood.
7. Ghajini (2008)
One of the finest examples of psychological thrillers, Ghajini is inspired by a critically acclaimed Hollywood movie Memento. Aamir Khan suffered in this movie from short term memory loss and he is relentless in taking the revenge of his lover’s murder. The murderer name is Ghajini on which the movie is based.
6. Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)
The movie revolves around Karthik played by Farkhan Akhtar who is troubled by his latent childhood memories and the regular phone calls. He suffered from Schizophrenia in the movie which is another psychological disorder. Farhan Akhtar did total justice to the role and mesmerized the audiences with his class acting.
5. Darr (1993)
It is a violent love story and an all time thriller movie. Shahrukh Khan played the lover and he was obsessively in love with Juhi Chawla despite she wasn’t interested in him at all. Shahrukh Khan has been seeing conversing with his mother who expired 18 years in a car accident. The climax of the movie is inspired by a Hollywood film Cape Fear.
4. Talaash (2013)
Another Aamir Khan movie on the list which is an excellent piece of one of the psychological movies ever made in Bollywood. Aamir Khan is a cop investigating a murder along with his own psychological problems. During the investigation he gets a support of a person who is only visible to him and helps him to solve the case. The search of the truth is the talaash in the movie.
3. Aparichit (2006)
One of the movies that you cannot afford to ignore. It is the Hindi version of Tamil blockbuster Anniyan. The main lead in the movie suffers from multiple personality disorder. He has played a psychotic serial killer who punishes the people who do wrong. It is loosely based on the novel by Sydney Sheldon “Tell Me Your Dreams” and inspired from Hollywood movies Primal Fear and Seven in which the murders are based on their sins.
2. Murder 2 (2011)
It is a sequel to Murder (2004) and another psychological thriller movie from Bhatt camp. The villain of the movie Dheeraj Pandey, played by Prashant Narayanan, is a psychopath murderer who is responsible in killing women because he thinks they take advantage of men. The movie is inspired from Hollywood film The Silence of the Lambs and the South Korean film The Chaser.
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1. Deewangee (2002)
Although Ajay Devgan never had any psychological problem but he used the idea of split personality disorder to get rid of the imprisonment. And he was an obsessive lover which is a sign of psychological disturbance who never felt guilty of what he was doing in the path of reaching out for his love. This psychological thriller movie is again an inspiration from Hollywood hit Primal Fear which starred Richard Gere.