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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)

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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Runtime:
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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References Day of the Dead (1985)See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Hindu-Freddy, 3 January 2010
Author: Torstein Karlsen from Norway

Mahakaal (The Monster) is an Indian take/ripoff of the Nightmare on Elm Street Movie.

The movie stars the quite beautiful Archana Puran Singh as Anita who gets tormented by the evil demon Shakaal, who was buried alive by her father after he had killed sacrificed several children, one being Anita's sister. Shakaal attacks Anita and her closest ones throughout the movie. Anita and her gang tries to avoid him by going on field trips and by doing a few musical numbers where they sing and dance.

The movie is made by the Ramsay brothers who might have the "honour" of being the horror kings of India. It's actually a quite decent movie visually with some colorful and creepy looking scenes. The creepiness goes quickly away however thanks to a lot of comic reliefs (and i mean A lot) and effects which are a little to simple and not so effective. They also rip off the famous soundbits from the American Freddy movies which is a good addition to this one. It also rips off a scene from Day of the Dead and a good murder scene from Nightmare on Elm Street Part III.

I wish the movie had been shorter though. Running a little over to hours is way to long for a movie like this. And there is plenty of scenes which could have been cut out. Everything including the "comic relief guy" played by Johnny Lever would have been nice since he isn't funny or have anything to add to this movie. I guess that would have made the movie 20 minutes shorter and also a much better experience. Take away the subplot with the bad dude who wants Anita as well and you got a movie that is about 80 minutes long which would be an even bigger improvement. If others feel like me then I'm sure we'll see some fanedits in the future.

There's also a problem with Hindu-Freddy. He does not speak (although he laughs a lot) or really do anything very frightening. Freddy's charisma in the American movies is one of it's biggest assets and I'm quite surprised the Ramseys didn't use that in this one. The mullet on Hindu-Freddy however gives him a little plus.

The movie was actually started on in 1988, but was put on hold when another Indian take on the Freddy movies came along called Khooni Murdaa.

Although it has it's fun parts and funny dance numbers I'd only recommend it to the ones who are curious and want to laugh at a Freddy ripoff movie. See it for the nice visual nightmare scenes and try to ignore Johnny Lever and enjoy Mahakaal.

The movie is available on a Mondo Macabre DVD which was released in the summer of '09. Support Mondo Macabre who continues to put out weird and unknown Asian cult movies! Enjoy.

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