Like a goal scored in the dying moments of extra time or a match-winning six off the last ball, cinematic twists provide one with a similar sense of thrill. Here's a look into the most memorable rug-pulls in Bollywood. No spoilers here, so knock yourself out!
‘Ugly’: This offering, wait, let's call it a masterclass by Anurag Kashyap, requires at least two viewings, as the twist takes you into entirely different directions right till the end. Kali, a 10-year-old girl, has gone missing and every family member — her father, her mother, her careless uncle, her stepfather, her father's friend and his girlfriend — is a suspect. However, the truth is far darker, and it stands to permanently scar all involved. There are no happy endings here. It's UGLY!
‘Jewel Thief’: Vijay Anand, Navketan Films, and of course Dev Saab ran riot in the sixties. After Kala Bazar, Hum Dono, Tere Ghar Ke Samne and Guide, came Jewel Thief, and it was a wild ride. The three-hour-six-minute long movie (and its screenplay) revels in its plot twists with a series of heists, ’double roles’, a bevy of sensuous women, lies, and people constantly on the run. Dev Saab, the police commissioner’s son and his supposed doppelgänger Prince Amar are all under the suspicion. It all culminates in a revelation that begs a question: did that just happen?
‘Kaun?’: Written by Anurag Kashyap and directed by Ram Gopal Verma, this horror flick shot almost entirely inside a house is twisted in every which way. Alone on a rainy night, Urmila Matondkar hears the news about a serial killer on the loose, and then the doorbell rings. This 1-hour-30-minute movie involves just three characters — a paranoid Ma'am (we still don't know the name of her character in the movie), and two other guys (Manoj Bajpayee and Sushant Singh) who are weird and can pass the serial killer test with ease. Who could it be? And therein lies the twist.
‘Manorama Six Feet Under’: This movie is such a trip. A suspended junior engineer, Satyaveer Randhawa, lands himself in a net of lies and infidelity after accepting a secret assignment from a mystery woman - Manorama. Will he emerge unscathed out of the mess where nothing is what it seems?
‘Gumnaam’: The title song played throughout the two-hour-31-minute suspense thriller is basically a summary of the movie. An uncredited adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 'And Then There Were None', ‘Gumnaam’ opens with a group of people, led by the co-pilot Manoj Kumar, stranded on a mysterious island with a vast mansion inhabited by a rather welcoming butler and a ghost whom none seem to find. The fun begins when, one by one, the castaways start dropping dead and the finger-pointing begins, while each wonders why they were chosen for the trip. The island is deserted so the killer has to be one of them. But who? Will anybody be able to escape? You will have to find out for yourself.
‘Kahaani’: This kahaani by Sujoy Ghosh is a mystery thriller alright. Vidya Bagchi, played by Vidya Balan, is a pregnant woman out looking for her missing husband in the bustling city of Kolkata. What follows is a head-spinning chain of events that will lead you to a staggering climax. The movie ends with the kind of twist that changes everything shown before it. Watch it if you haven't already.
‘Mera Saaya’: After the success of Woh Kaun Thi?, the versatile director Raj Khosla came up with yet another suspense thriller starring Sunil Dutt and Sadhana. It was a box office success. Thakur Rakesh Singh, a lawyer, rushes back home from overseas after he hears about his wife’s illness, but Geeta (Sadhana) dies in his arms. Enter Raina (aka Nisha) claiming to be Rakesh’s wife who seems to know everything that has to be known between them, including the most intimate details. But Rakesh is not convinced, and so a battle of wits begins in court. Unmissable, really!
‘Gupt’: Sahil Sinha (Bobby Deol) is convicted of murdering his stepfather and must prove his innocence in this messed-up love-triangle murder mystery. You may or may not figure out where it's headed, but you will definitely enjoy the thrill along the way, thanks to some intelligent writing and a strong performance by Kajol. I won't spoil the ending for anyone, but I must say that the 2-hour-53-minute long suspense thriller saves multiple twists for the end, including a humdinger of a final reveal.
‘Talaash’: Reema Kagti's Talaash starring Aamir Khan and his moustache, and also Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor, is a slow burn but scripted well enough to keep you glued right till the end. Inspector Surjan Singh Sekhawat (Aamir), dealing with a depressing past, is assigned to investigate the death of a famous actor when he meets Rosie (Kareena), a prostitute who is ready to help. The big ‘OMG’ occurs when we realize that Rosie has been hiding something all along. What is it?
‘Karthik Calling Karthik’: This psychological thriller follows Karthik (Farhan Akhtar), who has achieved everything he wishes to in life — a pleasant job and also the love of his life (Deepika Padukone). However, his perfect life takes a plunge when he starts receiving creepy phone calls. As the plot deepens, and also the mystery of the caller becomes unbearable, the climax arrives as a veritable sting in the tail. Keep a seat belt handy!