14 November 2013 | khayaal_e_yaar
And you thought vampires live only in the West?
This was again a new experiment in everyday horror. Under the shade of various strange horror films of the west, the Indian directors like the Ramsays' and several others began looking for better ideas. 'Bhayanak' is perhaps inspired by several 70s western horror flicks, but successfully carves its own identity. I watched this one years ago with my uncle at a local theater and recollect getting goosebumps and hiding my face behind my uncle's shoulders whenever a creepy scene was thrown. This is just one straight great delivery by S.U. Syed, who lost his mind in course of time. His another flick 'Saat Saal Baad' that was a shameless copy of Friday the 13th (1980) shows that Syed was caught in a downward spiral.
Bhayanak begins with a beautiful woman (Ranjeeta) being manhandled by some goons outside a local cemetery. The goons are interrupted by a police inspector (Mithun). Since Mithun is not in his police uniform, the goons take him for a nerd and try to scare him away from the scene. Mithun beats them mercilessly and saves the girl. The girl has no relatives and is new in the town. Mithun and Ranjeeta come along on the same note and begin dating each other. Soon they decide to get married and settle down. It's not very long when Mithun is transferred to another town (Mangalpur?). Promising his newly wed wife a quick reunion at Mangalpur, Mithun leaves for his destination. Few days later, Ranjeeta receives a telegram from Mangalpur. She comes to know that unable to pick her up, Mithun has asked her to come to Mangalpur all by herself. Ranjeeta takes a bold decision of going to Mangalpur, but on her arrival finds that Mangalpur is a desolate town with strange people. She decides to continue her further journey by foot, but ends up at a large wilderness where a strange Tonga is waiting for her. Bewildered by the reigning silence of the wilderness, Ranjeeta decides to board the Tonga but goes helpless when the Tonga takes her to a creepy grove, where she is murdered. When Mithun comes to know of her arrival and later death, he decides to investigate the matter. Ranjeeta's corpse is devoid of blood and this looks strange to Mithun. With a special permission from his superiors, Mithun begins to look for the clues. His investigation ultimately leads him to the deranged family of Thakur (Nilu Phule), who with his brothers lives a secretive life. They say that those who tried to sneak into his Haveli were never seen again. Whenever Thakur or his family members are out on streets, they are barked upon and chased by the street dogs. Something is seriously different about this family that happens to have a plan of exploiting their victims for a common but highly sinister cause.
Bhayanak has a crispy storyline with several twists. What begins like a typical Mithun film becomes grimmer and darker minute by minute. This film has a subtle amount of atmosphere and that too at a mediocre budget. I guess they found a story that was nifty enough to demean the budget. Nilu Phule, Om Shivpuri and the other roughnecks need an honorable mention here for their shares. Although Bhayanak is inspired by western vampire tales, it has been molded uniquely to impress the local audience. This is certainly S.U. Syed's first and last best film.