DAHSHAT (1981) Reviews and overview



Dahshat is a 1981 Bollywood Indian Hindi horror film directed by Shyam Ramsay and Tulsi Ramsay from a screenplay by producer Kumar Ramsay. The original title, दहशत, translates as “Scare”.

The film stars Om Shivpuri, Nadira, Navin Nischol, Sarika, Narendranath, Rajindernath, Chand Usmani, Kajal Kiran, Dev Kumar, Bharat Bhushan and Jayshree T.

The soundtrack was composed by Bappi Lahiri there are songs sung by Bappi himself along with Asha Bhosle and Sulakshana Pandit.

Mad scientist Doctor Vishal (Om Shivpuri) turns into a bloodthirsty monster at night as a result of an experiment that goes wrong when his wife (Nadira) injects him with a fatal chemical…


” …the story provides plausible motive for all the murders the monster commits and not just aimless boob-groping of assorted extras; this is first-rate stuff. The film also has a lot of atmosphere, although some of its location shifts can be confusing. The visual FX are a mixed bag but one admires that the make-up concepts are grounded in the story.” Ravenus

“The production is shoddy, the editing is unexciting, and the camera work is lazy… all of these problems aside, the film does have a cool monster… Tim Paxton, Monster! fanzine

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Cast and characters:

Navin Nischol as Doctor Sameer
Om Shivpuri as Doctor Vishal
Sarika as Kiran
Nadira as Mrs Vishal
Madan Puri as Sameer’s Father
Pinchoo Kapoor
Rajendranath as Doctor Bakshi