RAAT – translation: “Night” – is a 1992 Indian Hindi supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma (RGV). The movie stars Revathi, Jeethendra Reddy and Om Puri.
Raat was a box office success and the Telugu dubbed version Raatri was also popular.
A family of four moves into a house that is allegedly haunted. They find a cat in the basement and adopt it as a pet. Unfortunately, the cat ventures behind the father’s car rear wheel and is accidentally killed.
Another cat, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the dead cat, arrives on the scene. Ghostly possession and bizarre murder soon follow…
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“Raat may not be flawless but has enough style, performance power and tight directed sequences for one not to forget. The deadly camerawork and background music make it a must-own for fans of the genre and those that have followed up on Ram Gopal Varma’s works.” Planet Bollywood
“Released more than a decade before Bhoot, Raat is even more impactful and to the point as it does not majorly depend upon any visual and sound technology alone. It has got more tension prevailing throughout which is handled superbly by the director right till the end.” Bobby Talks Cinema
“The film moves at a brisk pace and never lets off. The thrills are aplenty and the songs virtually absent thus investing in the thrills more than the gimmick […] The film has an eerie feel to it which you will not find in too many Bollywood horror films which I believe was one of the biggest reasons for its unprecedented success and cult status” Aambar’s Reviews
“Raat still feels very modern, very fresh. If it would have been made today everyone would have praised the retro-style, the low-key but still spectacular story. But this is a real, non-ironic, horror film and it works so good.” Schmollywood Babylon
Cast and characters:
Revathi … Manisha Sharma
Jeethendra Reddy … Deepak, Manisha’s boyfriend
Rohini Hattangadi … Mrs Sharma
Akash Khurana … Mr Sharma
Om Puri … Sharij
Anant Nag … Psychiatrist
Master Atit … Bunty
Jaya Mathur … Rashmi