Horror movies is one genre that has catapulted both the film-makers and actors to the pinnacle of success in just one film. Remember, ‘Bipasha Basu’ the leading lady of ‘Raaz’ who set the silver screen blazing making her a star overnight. Director ‘Vikram Bhatt’ too met the same fate and he did not stop there but carried on experimenting with the same genre in more or less similar way. Finally, he again struck gold recently, in his latest offering ‘1920’, a period horror movie that repeated the same success as ‘Raaz’ did.
The parameters of fear too have undergone a radical transition in such a long time span. Although some times film critics (these days even audience does that) complain that Indian horror movies are inspired from the Western Cinema, which is a wrong gesture from the behalf of film-makers fraternity. However, if one goes into depth, horror movies are not at all new to the Indian fim industry, ‘Mahal’ starring yesteryear actor ‘Ashok Kumar’ and the gorgeous ‘Madhubala’ created fearful ripples during those initial years of Indian cinema. The film owing to its highly mystifying ambiance and strong script introduced fear into its latest avatar to the Indian audience. After it, ‘Woh Kaun thi’, starring ‘Manoj Kumar’ and ‘Sadhna’ too was a similar attempt in this direction, but this time the conviction was on the higher side. People took it very seriously and ‘Woh kaun thi’ can be called as a formal exposure of the fear element to the Indian audience. Thereafter, films like ‘Bees Saal Baad’, ‘Jaani Dushman’ and many more hit the screen. Some rocked the box office, while most of them fared badly. But even after being labelled as a risky initiative, film-makers never hesitated to try it out.
Years later, Ram Gopal Verma redefined the basic parameters of horror elements by re-introducing fear in its new elements. ‘Raat’, ‘Bhoot’ and very recently ‘Phoonk’ established that he can be configured with the title of ‘King of horror movies’ which earlier was with ‘Ramsay Brothers’. Now the demands of the Indian audience are changing, which directly has exerted pressure on the film-makers to explore other script ideas too, in the same genre, adding the element of unpredictability to them. This is the chief reason why these days film-makers are not shying away from the idea of taking the help from the literary masterpieces. Yes, in order to create masterpiece films, a huge chunk of film-makers is going back to the roots ie original script ideas, which can only be spotted in books. These days, Indian book stores provide various kinds of features to the lovers of horror genre. This is why there is always a consistent demand for the horror books in these Indian book stores. These books are either adapted directly on the silver-screen or are made into movies after making some necessary changes (in order to suit the demands of the audience).