I’ve always been drawn towards films that inherently possess the power to destroy me, psychologically and emotionally. Auteurs like Michael Haneke, David Lynch, Gaspar Noe and Asghar Farhadi manage to do that on a consistent basis. Bollywood, although primarily known for action, romance and melodrama, has also produced many disturbing movies over the years. Now the first name that comes to any Bollywood movie buff’s mind when I say the word disturbing is Anurag Kashyap; the man has made movies that fiercely defied conventions and shocked audiences with their brutal realism and unflinching honesty.
However, there have also been numerous films by many different filmmakers that have managed to be wildly provocative, disturbing and shocking and these are films that deserve to be seen for their staggering audacity to break free from conventions and unnerving truthfulness. So with all that said now, let’s take a look at the list of 15 most disturbing Bollywood movies of all time.
15. The Stoneman Murders (2009)
This criminally underrated thriller starring Kay Kay Menon is based on the infamous Stoneman serial killings that shook Bombay in the early 80s. Menon stars in the lead role as the cop investigating the killings and his vibrant performance sets the tone for the film. The storytelling is quite gripping and the film manages to grab your attention throughout with intense suspense building that keeps you on the edge of your seats. However, the violent tone of the film makes it quite a disturbing watch and the subtly ambiguous ending will certainly shock you and the impact stays with you for a very long time.
14. Shaitan (2011)
Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘Shaitan’ is heavily inspired by Anurag Kashyap’s unreleased directorial debut, ‘Paanch’. Though Kashyap’s stone cold classic might make this one like child’s play, it still is a very disturbing movie for Bollywood standard and one that is technically superior to most Bollywood flicks. The film follows a group of youngsters who heavily indulge in sex, drugs, alcohol and other activities and live life frivolously until they get involved in a crime that brings the worst out of them. It’s a wildly fascinating, disturbing exploration of youth, sexuality and violence, infused with a perverse sense of humor that is intoxicating in its energy and profound brutality.