Best Bollywood Thrillers of the 2000s


Bollywood doesn’t really do thrillers well. Especially if we are talking about the 2000s, when some of the most popular films were dramas produced by Karan Johar. Don’t be rude to him, but we can all agree that as an audience our standards were pretty low. As a result, a lot of thrillers were actually LOL-worthy.

However, among the plethora of cringefests that have been made, there are a few thrillers from the 2000s that reach his purpose. If you are looking for a little nostalgia like as well as the thrill during containment, this is the list you were probably waiting for!

Best Bollywood Thrillers

Here is the list of the best thrillers in Bollywood.

a) 13B

The 2009 psychological thriller based on the Tamil movie Yavarum Nalam by the stars of Vikram Kumar our forever crush, R. Madhavan and Neetu Chandra as the main couple who moved into a new home after investing all of their savings. The premise of the movie is so relevant that you’ll find yourself hooked before you know it.

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b)Ek Hasina Thi

Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar have probably never played so well in their lives. Sriram Raghavan’s film is so nuanced and well done that it can make many recent thrillers look amateurish. In a nutshell, this is a woman taking revenge on a former lover who used her as a pawn in his illegal business and had him jailed.

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vs) A Wednesday !

The thriller directed by Neeraj Pandey starring Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah brought together great talents. The plot is also quite captivating and takes you on a journey of Mumbai through your screen. It’s exceptionally well done and it was a fairly new concept for 2008.

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The film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi which stars Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn will keep you going. There are the police, the ISI, the terrorists, the so-called “system” and everything in between. Besides, who can forget our favorite ‘Dil Dooba‘?

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The first edition of the film directed by Abbas-Mustan was actually not that bad. With a multi-star cast that includes Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, and Akshaye Khanna, the movie has had enough twists and turns to keep you entertained. For the first half at least. The film is also high on the drama quotient … which seems to be a staple in most Bollywood films ever made.

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F) Ajnabee

Abbas-Mustan has had his time! The film has one of the most popular star actors of the era, which included Kareena, Akshay, Bobby Deol and Bipasha Basu playing two couples who meet and immediately become friends. The story that takes you from Switzerland to Mauritius will eventually make you try to solve the murder mystery sitting on your couch.

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Rajeev Khandelwal’s big-screen debut with Raj Kumar Gupta’s film was much appreciated. The film is brilliantly executed and has traces of the film, Telephone booth with Colin Farrell. However, this one has more twists and an extra dose of drama, just so you remember what watching movies really looked like in the 2000s.

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h) Aankhen

Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s movie starring Big B, Akshay, Paresh Rawal, Arjun Rampal and Sushmita Sen has a storyline that features 3 blind men robbing a bank. The whole premise of the movie is very captivating and makes you wonder if this could be performed IRL or not. Watch for entertainment for 3 hours on a Sunday afternoon!

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