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RAAT (1992) - A masterpiece from RGV which gave birth to BHOOT in 2003. (Movies To See Before You Die - Horror)

16 Nov, 2010 | Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / B / Movies To See Before You Die / Horror

Raat - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

With “Bhoot” Ram Gopal Verma scared everyone out there with his innovative camera tricks and brilliant use of sound effects in the year 2003. The film certainly was a first for many Indian viewers who were earlier only familiar with the Ramsay kind of routine movies offered in the name of horror. In other words “Bhoot” converted the horror genre into an enjoyable one with its different kind of scary treatment given by the master director Ram Gopal Verma.
But in reality, “Bhoot” was a kind of remake of RGV’s own masterpiece “Raat” which came in 1992 and couldn’t make an impact due to the unwillingness of the viewers to accept any kind of invention or breakthrough in this particular genre. In fact “Raat” was way ahead of its time, stressing completely on the horror element in its script without including any kind of song, dance or romance angles. And that may be the reason why RGV took the same subject again and presented it before the New-Age audience in 2003 with a more relevant title of “Bhoot” taking huge help of the now available advanced visual and sound technology.
This time RGV was able to convert it into a Big Hit since after more than a decade of Cable Revolution the audience was ready to take it in full spirits. Hence if you loved “Bhoot” but have not seen or even heard of “Raat”, then you haven’t watched the original source of this modern day Hit. Released more than a decade before “Bhoot”, “Raat” is even more impactful and to the point as it does not majorly depends upon any visual and sound technology alone. It has got more tension prevailing throughout which is handled superbly by the director right till the end when the rescue man (Om Puri) arrives in the haunted house.
Moreover its brilliant multi-talented star-cast (featuring Revathi, Rohini Hattangidi and Om Puri) makes it even more powerful and impressive, which in turn forces you to keep thinking about it for days after watching it. Though RGV does seem to be inspired from the famous horror movies of the West such as “The Exorcist”, “Rosemary's Baby” and “The Omen”,  but still his end product does have his own distinctive stamp which undoubtedly makes it a worth watching experience for every lover of horror movies all over the world. So go for “Raat” now.
Both Films Directed By Ram Gopal Verma
Starring : (Bhoot) Ajay Devgan, Urmila Matondkar, Rekha, Nana Patekar, Fardeen Khan, Seema Biswas and more.
(Raat) Revathi, Rohin Hattangidi, Om Puri and more.

Tags : RGVs Raat, Bhoot, Raat and Bhoot, Remake of Raat, Ram Gopal Verma remakes his Raat as Bhoot, Movie to See Before You Die, Must Watch Movies List by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com
16 Nov 2010 / Comments ( 8 )
Digant Kaushik
Seriously, tht film is quite interesting.It does not scare one to the core or send shivers down the spine but it definitely affects you and as you have mentioned in your review, it does make one think about it time and again.The shear acting prowess of the star cast plus the style of direction makes it worth watching!
Bobby Sing

Yes Digant Kaushik, RAAT is indeed one of those underrated classics of our Hindi Cinema not seen by many.
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Raat is good movie. It has a philosophical aspect to remember.
It generates hope though it is a horror movie.
Bobby Sing

It certainly is a great movie Umeed.
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shaunak sirrole
yes of course! this film is one of the finest films RGV has ever made. without having the technical support he made this film completely on the belief on the genre, which made a wave at that point of time too. being a honest fan of Raat, what makes is exceptional is the cast, Revathy being the strong point of it. the music also plays a strong role in the film, and few scenes really scare the hell out of u. Raat is one of the best film bollywood has witnessed.
Bobby Sing

Yes its indeed one of the best film in Bollywood made way before its time in the 90s.
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Mavin Mukundan
What do I say about this movie...! RAAT.!! One of the finest movie of RGV... Ever.. Finest horror movie in Bollywood..! What a story... What an acting by lesser know starcast in Bollywood... WelI though i knew revathi .. As she is is from Kerala and me too a mallu...!! Fabulous actress...! But her performance .. In this Bollywood movie was simply outstanding...!! Let's talk about the backgrond music... Talk about the cinematography... And every aspect of the film... From Om Puri, Revathi... to even the side actors...everyone played there best part... This was one heck of a movie which none of us should miss ...!! Watch it all alone or with few friends... With loud sound... Promise ..to those which haven't watched yet... This will be the best experience... RGV... Made a Movie way beyond the time generation....!! Well I was hardly in school that time when it was released... Or could say I saw... That too in theatre... With some influence..! And it gave me some goose bumps and had in back of my mind for long time...!! Well just wanna say... Watch it to love it..!!
Bobby Sing

Thanks a lot Mavin Mukundan for your detailed comment.
Loved reading it as this is one of my all time favourites too.

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