How well does horror go down with Indian audience?

Love at first sight, dancing around trees, singing in the rain etc is what most of the Bollywood films are about. Agree or not, this is what keeps Indian cinema going, be it the 60s, 80s or the 2000s.

Bollywood has tried and tested almost every genre- action, thriller, romance, comedy, horror, sci-fi etc. There have been a fair share of flops and hits in each genre. Somehow horror films don’t do well at the Box office.

A dozen horror films are made every year; some starring big shots of the industry and some not so big. Its surprising to see statistics which show a major portion of such films proving to be duds.

Films like Ek Thi Daayan, Ragini MMS, Darna Mana Hai, Darna Zaroori Hain etc. These films had the “fear” element in them but did they make big bucks? No! Also, films like Vaastu Shastra, Phoonk, Naina, Aatma etc were just there for a day and gone the next.

In the year 2002, Bollywood saw a major “horror” comeback film in the form of Raaz. Raaz was a good film with a fairly good script and fear factor. The sequels to this film Raaz 2 and Raaz 3, once again, did bad!

Another example of good horror films would be 1920 and its sequel, 1920 Evil Returns. The acting, storyline, characters etc are great to give you goosebumps.

If you want to know examples of terrible horror films in Bollywood, you must see Balaji Telefilms’ Krishna Cottage and Kuch Toh Hain and also Agyaat, Ghost etc. They are hilariously scary! Pun intended.

The upcoming film Darr @ The Maal is one film that has chances of becoming a hit. The actors are new and infamous but who know, it might just work this time.

Doesn’t really seem like the Indian audience have welcomed horror as well as they have encouraged the other genres. And in comparison to Hollywood, Bollywood gets a big fat zero in this case.

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