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Writers:
Sayed Sultan (dialogue)
Kafil Azar (lyrics)
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Plot:
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)

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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Trivia:
Began production and filmed in the year 1988.See more »
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References Repulsion (1965)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Fascinatingly Weird, and With Music Too!, 28 June 2009
Author: fritzfassbender from Illinois

This was the first Bollywood movie I've ever seen, and I have read that by Bollywood standards it's considered bad, but I got a tremendous kick out of this movie.

I rented it due to the Nightmare on Elm Street link, but I was amazed just how blatant the rip-offs are. The first half of the movie follows the original film almost exactly, even in small details. The soundtrack is a light variation of the original, but there were many scenes where it sounded like not one note had been changed.

In terms of popcorn enjoyment, this movie is delightful. There's literally something for everyone: horror, music, goofy comedy, tawdry drama. There's a little bit of gore; the only missing ingredient is nudity. The murderer is at times goofy, but he has no dialog, so the horror scenes are rarely spoiled.

Most surprising of all, Mahakaal actually has a few moments where it's genuinely good. A murder involving real cobras is very creepy, and the fact that it rips of NOES' effective soundtrack helps at times to enhance the horror. There's also a very effective musical sequence in a Disco Bar that actually helps the plot, using an interesting visual technique along with catchy music.

While no classic, Mahakaal is a must for cult movie enthusiasts. Hopefully, it's release on DVD will lead to a rediscovery.

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