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Writers:
Sayed Sultan (dialogue)
Kafil Azar (lyrics)
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A demon torments the family and friends of Anita in order to take revenge on his death, which was caused by her police-officer father... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Karan Shah ... Prakash - Anita's boyfriend
Archana Puran Singh ... Anita (as Archna Pooran Singh)
Johnny Lever ... Canteen & Hotel Manager (as Johney Lever)
Mayur Verma ... Param - Seema's boyfriend (as Mayur)
Reema Lagoo ... Anita's mother (as Prema Lagoo)

Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Anita's father
Baby Swetha ... Mohini - Anita's sister (as Baby Sweta)
Minaaz (as Mehnaz)
Sunil Dhawan ... Monk-priest
Asha Patel ... Singing lead-dancer
Dinesh Kaushik ... Randhir - college villain
Mahavir Bhullar (as Mahaveer Bhullar)
Kunika ... Seema (as Konica)
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Directed by
Shyam Ramsay 
Tulsi Ramsay 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kafil Azar  lyrics
Sayed Sultan  dialogue (as Sayeed Sultan)
Y.V. Tyagi  story and screenplay

Produced by
Chander Ramsay .... executive producer
Gangu Ramsay .... producer
 
Original Music by
Anand Chitragupth  (as Anand Milind)
Milind Chitragupth  (as Anand Milind)
 
Cinematography by
Gangu Ramsay 
 
Film Editing by
Vikas Daripkar 
Shyam Gupte 
 
Art Direction by
T.K. Desai 
Anjani Tiwari 
 
Makeup Department
Pinaki Modak .... makeup artist (as Pinaki)
Srinivasa Roy .... makeup artist (as Shri Nivas Roy)
 
Production Management
Rajesh Kumar Singh .... production manager (as Rajesh K. Singh)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deepak Ramsay .... assistant director
Shashi Ramsay .... assistant director
Sunil Ramsay .... assistant director
Pappu Trivedi .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Sopan Onkar Khadse .... sound re-recording mixer (as Sopan Q. Khadse)
Navin Shah .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Iqbal Dhansey .... assistant camera (as Iqbal Dnanse)
Hemant Sharma .... chief assistant camera
Suresh Verma .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Sudesh Bhonsle .... playback singer
Sapna Mukherjee .... playback singer
Udit Narayan .... playback singer
Anuradha Paudwal .... playback singer
Kumar Sanu .... playback singer
K.J. Sing .... background music
Vishal .... background music
Alka Yagnik .... playback singer
 
Other crew
H.T. Narsinghani .... accountant (as H.T. Narsighani)
Suresh Suryavanshi .... accountant (as Suresh Suryavansh)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mahakaal" - India (original title)
"Time of Death" - India (English title)
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India:132 min
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India:A | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)
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Began production and filmed in the year 1988.See more »
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The odd one out!, 28 May 2013
Author: khayaal_e_yaar from Port Blair

The beginning years of the 90s were most traumatic for the B-horror genre of Bollywood. Attempts were made to return the audience to the old school of horror but these attempts only fueled the sense of hate among the audience for the Ramsays, who were once liked by the horror buffs for their originality. I really don't understand what went wrong with the Ramsay brothers that they failed to maintain their originality in the early 90s. They tried to make their film as shocking as possible with a limited budget in hand. The resulting films, which were usually rip-offs of highly successful American films, failed to do any good to them as they all turned into a big fiasco. Previously, The Ramsays used to copy few jack-in-the-box scenes from certain Hollywood films but as the time went by, they said yes to complete plagiarism. Films like 'Aakhri Cheekh' and 'Mahakal aka The Monster' are the living examples of plagiarism which never helped the Ramsays reclaim their lost position in Bollywood.

'Mahakal' is 'A Nightmare on Elm Street - 1984' rip-off but those who've already seen this Wes Craven masterpiece will be left with frowning faces once they have watched this piece of trash. The main storyline comes concurrent with ANOES with few exceptions where Ramsays have tried to improve it. Ha ha, they thought they were improving the original version but we know what they came up with. If anyone of the Ramsays is reading my review then please note that by making 'Mahakal' you've only insulted yourself and not Wes Craven. Wes Craven made a masterpiece which was hellish and freaky in every sense and was packed with guts and gore. Including dance numbers and infantile comedy doesn't give 'Mahakal' an advantage over ANOES.

Archana Puran Singh who along with Navjot Singh Siddhu has been criticized by many for her meaningless laughter plays the lead part in 'Mahakal'. She often dreams of a man with long steel fangs who attacks her in dreams. Archana usually wakes up with cuts and bruises she gets during her struggle with the monster in her dreams. Her family and friends try to console her, but Archana is the destined prey of this monster who won't leave her unless she has been laid to rest forever.

I guess this part clearly coincides with the original ANOES but whatever has been trashed out apart from the above plot is clearly an additive and a foolish contribution to the original version. If they want to make a rip-off they should first learn to create an effect on the viewers. I don't say that films need a good budget to be effective. Films like 'Gehrayee', 'Raat', 'Red Rose' etc. didn't have a heavy budget but their effect can be felt till date. All you need is a good plot, good actors and expert direction. I won't recommend 'Mahakal' to anyone who has already watched the original A Nightmare On Elm Street', because 'Mahakal' is simply a comedy of errors.

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