We love the way Bollywood decpicts the horror / thriller genre of films and we also love that haunting number that manages to scare the daylights out of us and keeps us guessing till the very end. Presenting the scariest songs of Bollywood films. Beware! Enter at your own risk!
Take a mystery woman in white, a puzzled hero following her, a song filled with longing and long lost desire and an eerie mansion or location. Add them all together and you have a spooky Bollywood number ready. Be prepared as these amazing haunting song are all set to scare you! Presenting the best horror song of Hindi films. Warning: This article is not for the faint hearted, enter here at your own risk...
Aayega Aanewala - Mahal (1949)
This was the film which started it all. A creepy looking mansion, a mystery woman and the first haunting melody of Bollywood. Soon other films (who have made it to this list) would follow suit. The moment the clock starts ticking in this one we know there is something spooky in this haveli (huge mansion). In the darkness of night, Ashok Kumar encounters a haunting voice; he follows the voice only to see a mesmerising woman (Madhubala) on a swing. But she suddenly vanishes from the swing and is then seen by him in a lake (which is in front of his mansion) rowing a boat and singing away. After a while the mystery woman and the boat both disappear and as baffled Kumar struggles with his cigarette and looks on, we wonder how in God's name did she do it! The music is by Khemchand Prakash and the singer is Lata Mangeshkar.
Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil - Bees Saal Baad (1962)
As a surprised Biswajit follows the melodious and haunting voice of a village belle (Waheeda Rehmaan), we also can't help but be as intrigued as him as he follows her deep into the marshes. The way the song is picturised is surely ahead of its times and is perhaps enough to scare the daylights out of anyone with a weak heart. The smoke coming out of the grass, the woman appearing and disappearing, the eerie jungle setting and of course the way it is sung. Crooned by Lata to the music of Hemant Kumar, this number is quite spooky.
Naina Barse - Woh Kaun Thi (1964)
This song happens to be my personal favourite out of the entire list here. Undoubtedly, this song is the most haunting song ever thanks to Lata Mangeshkar's singing, Madan Mohan's tune and of course Sadhna in a white saree walking along a snow kissed terrain and a puzzled Manoj Kumar following the beautiful white illusion. Was it her ghost or was he merely imagining her? These are the question raised as we watch the song. Even though it is very unlike the way other songs of this genre are normally picturised – it is not night time, the woman's face is clearly visible and the location is also quite beautiful – it sends chills down the spine. This song remains unmatched till date and the way it is shot gives me them goosebumps!
Jhoom Jhoom Dhalti Raat - Kohra (1964)
Waheeda Rehman, who is alone in her onscreen husband's (Biswajeet) huge mansion, encounters a singing mystery woman. So what makes it even spookier to watch? The woman is question is none other than her husband's dead wife! There actually IS a ghost in this one. Appearing and disappearing at will, completely transparent in a white wedding gown and following our terrified leading lady wherever she goes. We wouldn't want to trade places with Waheeda even for a micro second in this nightmarish song. How the makers managed such outstanding special effects in that era is quite astonishing. It is sung by Lata to the disturbingly haunting tune of Hemant Kumar. The film a remake of Daphne Du Maurier's famous novel Rebecca, but with a surprise twist in end in the Bollywood version.
Gunaam Hai Koi - Gumnaam (1965)
Right from the mischievous laughter in the beginning, this song grips you and seizes you till the very end. A whole bunch of people are spooked everytime they here the woman crooning this haunting melody. Nanda, Manoj Kumar, Pran, Helen, Dhumal, Madan Puri and Tarun Bose are stranded together on an isolated place as their plane crashes. The beauty of this song is the woman never appears onscreen and remains hidden till the end (when she is finally revealed... it disappoints and how!). The cast of the film are terrified everytime the woman sings and so are we.
Mera Saaya Saath Hoga - Mera Saaya (1966)
As Sunil Dutt mourns the death of his beloved onscreen wife Sadhna; this beautiful song echoes throughout his house. And though there is no mystery woman or ghost, no thunder or lightning and no spooky haveli, yet this song is a haunting melody. It doesn't scare you at all yet it is mysterious in its own way. Is the hero imagining it or is his deceased better half actually singing their favourite song to comfort him? Crooned by haunting songs expert Lata, the music is composed by Madan Mohan.
Tujhko pukare mera pyar - Neel Kamal (1968)
Raaj Kumar, who is about to die, calls out to his lady love (Waheeda Rehman) to be with him. So what's so chilling about this song? Raaj is being buried alive in a wall! And yet this doesn't dampen his spirits at all. In this intriguing film about rebirth, love and longing, this song played a major role. It was this song through which the centuries old doomed lover's soul called out to his beloved, thus creating complications in her present life. Mohammed Rafi has sung this hauntingly romantic number to the melodious tune of Ravi.
Mere naina saawan bhado - Mehbooba (1976)
While Kishore Kumar's version of this song is more famous, it is Lata's rendition of this song that is extremely spooky. Right from the swaying chandelier to Hema Mailini's ghost like appearance it has it all. Rajesh Khanna is clearly enchanted by the mysterious beauty (in white what else?). He follows her through automatically opening and closing doors, a river and finally the duo reach a haveli. But towards the end of the song the woman, who lures Khanna into the beautiful mansion, suddenly vanishes. Scary enough!
Saathi re tu kahan hai - Veerana (1988)
This is a Ramsay horror film perhaps the only one from that banner to make it to this list. The reason I mention this is because it stars unknown actors in the main lead and the way this song is shot is B-grade. Our heroine (Jasmine) is possessed by a chudail's (evil witch) ghost and she keeps singing this song throughout the film. But despite everything the song has a strange haunting effect and deserves a place here. Bappi Lahiri's music is melodiously spooky while Suman Kalyanpur lends her voice to this number.
Soona Soona - Krishna Cottage (2004)
By the 90s gripping horror-suspense films weren't made and even if they were, none of them had a memorable haunting song. This song would have created wonders had it been shot nicely. Instead it played in the background as the past life of the friendship between Sohail Khan and Isha Kopikar is shown in the film. Crooned by Shreya Ghoshal its music has been composed by Anu Malik.
Kaisa Yeh Raaz Hai - Raaz - The Mystery Continues (2009)
As a confused and puzzled Emraan Hashmi is trying to figure out why is he having visions of Kangna Ranaut, which he then puts down on his canvas, this haunting number plays in the background. Crooned by KK, its lyrics cause one to wonder as to what is the mystery that is surrounding these two characters. The music has been composed by Pranay.M.Rijia.
Main Bhookha Hu - Bhoot Bangla (1965)
Very rarely does a genre like horror find comedy as its partner and gelling these two genres, which are as different as chalk and cheese, is quite a task. That most Ramsay movies end up looking like comedies is a different ball game altogether! Coming back to this rare gem from Bollywood, we see Mehmood and R.D. Burman (yes, Panchamda acted in a few films as well!) stuck in a haunted mansion with a very scary voice telling them it's hungry and wants to eat them! Suddenly a bunch of people dressed up in skeleton costumes break into a dance number and while the song is predominantly funny, it has elements of horror. The song is composed by Burman himself and is crooned by him along with Mehmood.
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