Even after 26 years, Gupt: The Hidden Truth is one of the finest suspense thrillers that Bollywood ever made. With its hard-hitting screenplay, talented star cast, and amazing songs, the movie had everything it needed to be a super hit.
Today, Bollywood may be criticized for losing its touch in making good movies. But, the reality was quite different back in the 90s. Gupt – an original suspense thriller – left such a strong impression on everyone that it is still considered one of the best thrillers even after 26 years.
For the unversed, the movie features Bobby Deol, Manisha Koirala, and Kajol in lead roles. The movie is directed by Rajiv Rai and produced by Gulshan Rai. The movie revolves around Sahil Sinha (played by Bobby Deol), who is in love with Isha (played by Kajol) and wants to marry her. However, his tyrannical father, Jaisingh (Raj Babbar), insists that he marry the girl he has hand-picked (Manisha Koirala).
After a bad argument erupts between them, Jaisingh turns up dead. Sahil is viewed as the prime suspect and is arrested. At the end of the trial, he is given a life sentence. Never ceasing to proclaim his innocence, Sahil manages to escape from prison and goes looking for the real killer. The plot thickens as more murders are committed, and Sahil’s life hangs in the balance. Until the very end, ‘Gupt: The Hidden Truth’ keeps the audience on the edge of their seat.
Here are the reasons why the Bobby-Kajol starrer Gupt is still considered one of Bollywood’s finest thrillers even today.
1. You can’t guess the killer
Throughout the movie, you keep wondering who is the killer. As Bobby Deol strives hard to find the killer, you can’t stop yourself from wondering who might have done it. After endless wrong guesses, you are left shocked in the end when the killer is revealed.
2. Hollywood standard thriller with an original story plot
The beauty of this gripping thriller lies in the fact that it was one of the rarest Bollywood thrillers that weren’t a remake or a copy! The movie’s screenplay is so well written. It is quite amazing how the makers handled the story makes you keep guessing the killer. No one can deny that it is one of the few Bollywood thrillers that is Hollywood standard.
3. Fantastic Tunes & Background Score
And, while talking about what makes this thriller special, how can we forget to mention its music? With fantastic songs, this thriller is definitely one of a kind. Remember the spine-chilling background score that used to be played whenever the killer in black clothes used to appear?
4. Kajol’s outstanding portrayal of such a complex character
You can’t deny that this is an end-to-end Kajol movie. How she took such an unconventional role at the peak of her career and turned into one of the finest characters of all time is so admirable. Do you know Kajol was the first woman ever nominated for Filmfare’s best performance in the negative role category? And, for her outstanding performance, she won it too!
5. 90s blockbuster that gets better every time you watch it
Gupt is definitely one of the classics, which gets better every time you watch it. Like other 90s thrillers Kaun and Gumrah, Gupt also gives us goosebumps and chills even after 26 years.
6. Talented star cast
One of the key things that made this movie extraordinary is the fact that it had a very talented star cast. Not just Kajol, but even Bobby Deol did justice to his character. Even other actors – Manisha Koirala, Raj Babbar, Paresh Rawal, Prem Chopra, and Om Puri – all made this a great watch.
Definitely a masterpiece! How did you find the movie? Tell us in the comments below.