Bees Saal Baad: Ghosts, Wives and Evil Fathers-in-Law

Bees Saal Baad is a Bollywood horror movie that hit theaters in 1988. The movie has a stellar star cast, possibly one of the biggest names for a horror movie in the eighties. It stars Mithun Chakraborthy, Anupam Kher, Dimple Kapadia, Meenakshi Sheshadri,  the late Jagdeep, and Aruna Irani.  This is a rare movie because of many aspects, which I will point out in the review.  Wondering what Bees Saal Baad is all about? Read this review.

Synopsis:

A young couple, Suraj and Kiran return to Kiran’s ancestral house, where her father, the Thakur is waiting for them. Kiran and Suraj have secretly married and wonder whether Kiran’s father will accept them. To their surprise, he does and they think that everything will be fine with them – but fate has other plans. As they begin their new life in the palatial bungalow, a female spirit haunts them and claims that Suraj is her’s. It’s clear that the spirit wants Suraj and not Kiran, and the family begins investigating the reason why the spirit haunts Suraj.  But as the couple unravels the past, a dark secret from the family that nobody wanted to reveal springs up.

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Bees Saal Baad Review:

Bees Saal Baad is unique. That’s because it has a full-blown sympathy for the spirit.  This is one of those rare movies where the spirit doesn’t turn into a zombie/demon and looks hideous. You can’t make Dimple look hideous even if you want to. There’s a production aspect to it as well. If you have a star like Dimple playing even ghost, you are not going to hide her face under prosthetic.

Bees Saal Baad is sure to be a big-budget movie because all the actors signed up for the movie ruled that decade. With A-Listers all around, we have a well enacted and well-produced Bollywood horror movie. There’s something refreshing in the screenplay as well.

Not since the seventies have I seen the trope of a spirit sending henchmen, or the protagonist jumping through some hoops to get away from the evil spirit – something similar to a player completing and passing video game levels. Bees Saal Baad is one of those rare movies that has this in the climax.

The other unique aspect of this movie is that its the living that’s portrayed as the villain and not the spirit. That’s because the spirit is not a random one that just decides to invade the life of a particular couple, There’s a reincarnation angle that’s settled in nicely. The reincarnation angle was hot in three decades and it’s surprising that there’s no Ramsay horror movie on that trope.

The surprising part about this Bollywood horror movie is that it’s a Kohli production, better known for its movies Nagin and Jaani Dushman. This shows that other production houses have tried their hands at horror but either it didn’t interest them much, or they couldn’t get the kind of returns that the Ramsays got. I remember, Bees Saal Baad was a popular movie when it released, partly because of the unique factor of a big star cast in a horror movie. Another aspect was the effects, which were groundbreaking for the eighties.

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