MAHAKAAL (1993) Reviews and overview

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Mahakaal aka The Monster and Time of Death is a 1993 Indian Bollywood horror feature film directed by Shyam Ramsay and Tulsi Ramsay (Darwaza; Purana Mandir; Veerana) from a screenplay by Y.V. Tyagi and Sayeed Sultan, based on the American horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street.


A demon torments the family and friends of Anita (Archana Puran Singh) in order to take avenge his death, which was caused by her police officer father. With the help of her boyfriend, Anita is forced to tackle the demon…


The film soundtrack was composed by Anand–Milind, and the background score was composed by K. J. Sing and Vishal.


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“The plot for Mahakaal: The Monster feels strung together and it wears out its welcome long before its predictable happy ending. The horror-related scenes in the film are very good and at times exceptionally executed. The comedy and song dance parts of the film are painful to watch and not in a terrifying way. At least during one of the musical numbers one of the leading ladies is drenched with water.” 10k Bullets

‘The film maintains several inventive kills from the series, as well as the boiler room atmosphere, complete with metal chains hanging from the ceiling for no reason other than they look cool swinging back in forth in the fog, and goes so far as to replicate segments of Charles Bernstein’s original score. While the demonic villain in Mahakaal can’t hold a candle to Robert Englund’s Freddy, the beast holds his own in regards to past Bollywood monsters…’ DVD Drive-In


‘ …a frustrating piece of work. Despite being, at times, genuinely creepy, and adding a few inventive touches of it’s own, it ultimately fails, because the story changes leave it thematically weaker, and the directors are unwilling or unable to transcend the limitations and demands of the “Bollywood” commercial film-making formula.’ Simon Powell,

Fear Without Frontiers Jay Schneider FAB Press

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Main cast:

Karan Shah
Archana Puran Singh
Reema Lagoo
Johnny Lever
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Baby Swetha
Sunil Dhewan
Asha Patel


Mahakaal was released on DVD in the US by Mondo Macabro in 2009.

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