Top 20 Bollywood Thriller Movies On Amazon Prime Video You Must Watch
If you are a Prime Video member, you must have had the difficulty of wondering what to watch among the vast library of content the service offers. From classic to contemporary, Amazon Prime Video has movies and series of all possible genre and language, which can be either good and bad depending on your mood. To make the task of entertaining yourself a bit easier, here’s the list of top 20 Bollywood thrillers on Prime you must watch.
The movie that left everyone awestruck, Tumbbad is not just a movie, it’s an experience. Directed by Rahi Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad, Tumbbad is a story of greed woven in magic, mythology, and mystery. It revolves around Vinayak, who returns to his village Tumbbad, all grown up, in pursuit of the treasure he heard about in his childhood. With its periodic charm, Tumbbad presents a story of thrill never before seen in the Bollywood.
2. A Death In The Gunj
This Konkona Sen directed film, A Death In The Gunj, is the most simplistic yet carefully woven film that keeps you hooked in the story with a sense of great impending doom. The story revolves around Shutu, who is visiting his aunt for vacation with his cousin Nandu and his family. As Nandu and his old gang from the village meet up and start their shenanigans, Shutu – who is an innately sensitive and gentle soul – starts to feel alienated and alone. Tired of feeling the burden of everything in his life, Shutu slowly unravels and does the unthinkable. The climax will leave you frozen to your seat, introspecting about the spectacle that is life.
Hailed for its performative brilliance, Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi is an espionage thriller based on a true story. It revolves around Sehmat Khan, daughter of a freedom fighter and RAW agent, who becomes an intelligence agent herself upon her father’s wish. She marries into a family of military officers in Pakistan, to trade important information back to India in the churning dispute of impending 1971 war. The film brilliantly portrays the sacrifices a spy has to make, and how it can affect and force you to change you morals and ethics to suit that of your country.
Vikramaditya Motwane presents a survival thriller that will make you feel grateful for your current quarantine. Trapped revolves around a man who gets stuck in his newly purchased, scarcely furnished apartment, with no food, water or electricity. His vow to not die in that apartment, makes him get up everyday, trying to get out of there alive. A steady thriller with nothing but survival at its core, Rajkumar Rao’s performance turns Trapped into a horrifying experience without any ghosts.
5. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
Dibakar Banerjee brought India’s favourite investigator to big screen with Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. The film, set in pre-independence India, revolves around Byomkesh, a freshly graduated student with a knack for investigating and solving mysteries, who gets his first case when a chemical scientist goes missing. Byomkesh soon finds himself stuck in the dangerous depths of local politics and international drug cartels, unspooling a conspiracy that will leave you wanting more.
6. Gangs Of Wasseypur
Anurag Kahsyap’s magnum opus, Gangs of Wasseypur, in two parts, tells a gory story of revenge spanning 3 generations, drenched in the tones of politics and mafia. The hunger for power over the coal mines in Dhanbad starts the story of the film as Shahid Khan, whose plan of betraying the local politician foils as the said politician, Ramadhir Singh, hears him and executes him in counter-betrayal. Shahid’s son Sardar vows revenge for his father, who passes the burden to his son Faizal upon his murder. A violent and raw saga of death and deceit, Gangs of Wasseypur remains the most brilliantly crafted crime thriller in Bollywood till date.
7. Mardaani 2
A heartrending movie of sexual abuse, Mardaani 2, the second movie in the Mardaani franchise, takes Shivani Shivaji Roy in Kota as she tries to catch the psychotic killer – Sunny – who tortures, rapes and murders girls. The killer leads her on a wild goose-chase, where Shivani must find him before he takes another victim. Gopi Puthran creates a film where both the story and the performances come together to deliver a jarring impact.
8. Batla House
Based on real story of Batla House Encounter of 2008, Nikhil Advani’s film retells the events with certain creative liberties. It revolves around the ACP Sanjay Kumar, who along with his team raids Batla House on the tip he receives about some student/terrorists hidden there. An encounter ensues where one officer and two of the students end up dead. This event is then dragged through the mud by media and people, putting Sanjay and his team under scrutiny. Batla House tells the controversial truth of clearing up the confusion surrounding the encounter.
Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly is a film that, true to its name, displays the ugly nature of a human when pushed to the brink of desperation. The film revolves around a small child, Kali, being kidnapped as her biological father – Rahul – leaves her in a car for a while he goes for a brief meeting. He arrives back to find her gone, and hence starts a chase of finding Kali, where Shoumik – Kali’s step-father, who is a police officer – and Rahul tangle in a dance of drama and deception.
10. The Hungry
An Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Titus Andronicus, The Hungry revolves around a single mother, Tulsi Joshi, whose son is found dead on a New Year’s Eve. An apparent murder posed to look like suicide, Tulsi goes on a revenge spree at her own wedding to unveil the murderer. A film that talks about cruel patriarchy and corruption hidden behind the veil of power and money, Bornilla Chaterjee’s The Hungry is an opulent story disguising its violent horrors.
Dibakar Banerjee shows the ugly underside of development in his political thriller Shanghai. The film revolves around the attempted murder of a social activist, who is run over by truck after one his rallies advocating against the local political party’s indifference to the common and poor people. When the issue is raised to a level that demands attention, an IAS officer comes to investigate the matter, only to find himself hindered at every turn. A story of truth being blocked for higher political gains, Shanghai is a daring piece of filmmaking that works as a mirror for society.
Bejoy Nambiar’s Wazir is a clever game of revenge planned in the most cunning way. It revolves around Pandit, a master of chess, who befriends Daanish, an ex-ATS officer and the father of one his dead students. They bond on their mutual grief of losing their daughters, during which Daanish learns that Pandit’s daughter was killed by a local influential politician, who covered it up as suicide. As Daanish goes digging for information, Pandit’s life becomes endangered. The climax of Wazir will leave you marvelling at brilliance of a story it is.
13. Karthik Calling Karthik
Karthik Calling Karthik, directed by Vijay Lalwani, is a psychological thriller revolving around Karthik, a man perceived to be a loser by everyone. Disturbed by his hideous life and on the verge of suicide, Karthik receives a call by a well-wisher, also by the name of Karthik who promises a better life, only if he listens to him. When Karthik disagrees with this well-wisher, as promised his improved life takes a turn for the worse. It is a masterpiece on the mysteries of the mind, with a well-composed musical score to accompany the story.
When a celebrity’s accident turns out be a murder conspiracy, Inspector Shekhawat gets a perfect reason to get away from his recent tragedy – death of his son. As he digs deeper into the case, he finds himself in the murky world of desire and deception, struggling between uncovering the truth and coping with his own tragedy. Reema Kagti weaves a tale of surrealism so believable, you are left astonished when the climax rolls.
15. D Day
Nikhil Advani’s D Day revolves around a covert operation to eliminate the most wanted terrorist – Goldman – who was behind most of terror attacks on India, hidden in Pakistan. When an opportunity arrives for the first time in nine years, the undercover agent Wali informs his superior, who sends in a team to assist him. A thrilling ride with various unexpected hits and misses, D Day is rich in performances and suspense.
Ram Gopal Verma’s Rann is brave commentary on the state of the nation’s media in a fiction that seems too similar to reality. It revolves around Malik, an honest and ethical owner of a struggling news channel, who gets embroiled in the dirty politics between parties by his own son’s greed. It revolves around the importance and price of truth, and the role of an unbiased media in democracy.
An action thriller, Siddharth Anand’s War revolves around Kabir, an honest and best intelligence officer who goes rogue and starts killing seemingly innocent people. The agency realising the threat Kabir poses, send Kabir’s protégé Khalid to catch and stop him. War tells a story of betrayal and brilliance in two timelines, exploring Kabir’s reason for going rogue and his redemption, with an unimagined twist.
Maneesh Kapoor’s Fan is a film that shows how an obsession can turn deadly and dangerous when left unchecked and wronged. Gaurav Chandna is an ardent fan of Aryan Khanna, a Bollywood superstar, owing to his resemblance to the star. In his quest to meet Aryan, Gaurav commits assault to get his attention, which he does but not in the way he expected. Aryan slights Gaurav, which turns the humiliated Gaurav into Aryan’s worst enemy, propagating to destroy his idol.
19. Vodka Diaries
When a writer loses his grip on reality, his psychologist cooks up a make-believe world where he can come to terms with his horrendous truth. Loosely based on the Hollywood thriller Shutter Island, Kushal Srivastava tells a story that dapples between reality and hallucination in Vodka Diaries, guaranteed to keep your mind scrambled.
20. Manorama Six Feet Under
A classic masterpiece of neo-noir, Navdeep Singh’s Manorama Six Feet Under is a film that takes you on a complex ride of deception. The film tells the story of Satyaveer, a small town engineer, whose long-forgotten mystery book comes back to turn his simple life into a criminal conspiracy. A woman claiming to be his fan turns up and asks Satyaveer to spy on her influential husband to get photographic proof of his affair. The simple act of spying soon drags Satyaveer into a lengthy scheme of fraud and felony so deep, that he has to take clues from his novel to get him out of the pickle, which started it all.
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