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The Monster (1994)

Mahakaal (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Music | 11 February 1994 (India)
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. The rest of the movie is how Anita tackles the demon ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
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 Baby Swetha ... Mohini - Anita's sister (as Baby Sweta)
Minaaz Minaaz ... (as Mehnaz)
Sunil Dhawan ... Monk-priest
Asha Patel Asha Patel ... Singing lead-dancer
Dinesh Kaushik Dinesh Kaushik ... Randhir - college villain
Mahabir Bhullar ... (as Mahaveer Bhullar)
Kunickaa Sadanand ... Seema
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naushaad Abbas ... Eve Teaser on Road


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. The rest of the movie is how Anita tackles the demon with the help of her boyfriend. Written by Anonymous

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The last film jointly directed by Tulsi Ramsay And Shyam Ramsay. See more »


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The odd one out!
28 May 2013 | by khayaal_e_yaarSee all my reviews

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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