Top 10 Bollywood Crime Mystery Films

Whodunits, murders mysteries and edge-of-the-seat suspense thrillers, Bollywood has dazzled us with several tales based on these themes. From the era of black-and-white films to the present day, we have witnessed an avalanche of iconic crime mysteries. Joining the league this week is Yash Raj Films’s most anticipated release of 2015, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy

The film is directed by Dibakar Banerjee and stars the effervescent actor, Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead. Now, will this adaptation of the legendary fictional character be successful or not? Only time will tell. Till then, put on your thinking caps and go on a thrilling ride with the top ten crime mysteries of Bollywood:

CID (1956)

A superhit classic of the ’50s, this film starred Dev Anand as a C.I.D. inspector who finds himself caught in a web of lies and deceit.


Bees Saal Baad (1962)

A suspense thriller, this black-and-white classic film is an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s famous story,The Hound of the Baskervilles. Presented with a tinge of Bollywood drama, Bees Saal Baad is an interesting tale.


Gumnaam (1965)

Based on Agatha Christie’s famous novel, And Then There Were None, the film was a box office hit during its time. High on suspense and thriller, Gumnaam is definitely worth a watch.


Khamosh (1985)

A murder on a film set. Who is the killer? Is it one of the crew members? This forms the crux of Khamosh, a stellar suspense thriller directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film was initially rejected for its unconventional story, but later enjoyed a long run at the box office.


Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997)

A tale of love, passion and revenge. This film narrates the story of a young man who is wrongly accused of murder. But if he hasn’t committed the crime, then who has? Gupt was a one of the most successful thrillers of the ’90s. 


Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)

Inspired by Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), Manorama Six Feet Under is an interesting tale of lies, deceit and murder. Starring Abhay Deol, the story revolves around a writer who is asked to impersonate the protagonist of his novel, in order to solve a case.


Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012)

You know it’s a super hit film if it stars Aamir Khan. A suspense-filled thriller directed by Reema Kagti, the film received rave reviews from critics. And that mind-boggling climax, we didn’t see it coming! Did you? Catch this interesting film if haven’t already.


Kahaani (2012)

One of the best crime mysteries to ever have graced the silver screen, Kahaani recounts the tale of a pregnant woman who sets out to locate her missing husband. The film enjoyed a successful run at the box office and also established Vidya Balan as an iconic actress in Bollywood. 


Ugly (2014)

Dark, intense and mind-boggling, Ugly is one of those crime thrillers that will haunt you for days. Bollywood seldom presents you with hardcore suspense thrillers and Ugly is one of them. #MustWatch


Rahasya (2015)

Inspired by the Arushi Talwar murder case, the film successfully set the scene for its nail-biting climax. Who killed the teenager? Was it her parents? Watch this gritty tale to find out.

Who doesn’t enjoy a tadka of suspense in their life? And with these films brimming with all possible elements of mystery, drama and nail-biting scenes, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t watch them.

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