Qatil: Love In the Time of a Murder Mystery

Qatil, Bollywood Suspense Movie

Qatil (1988)

CastKiran Kumar, Aditya Pancholi, Shakti Kapoor, Raza Murad, Sangeeta Bijlani, Anjana Mumtaz, Jamuna
StoryRavi Kapoor and Mohan Kaul
DirectorAshok Gaikwad

Qatil is a Bollywood Suspense movie that released in 1988.  The movie has strong starcast. Aditya Pancholi, Shakti Kapoor and Kiran Kumar  – and surprises of surprises, Sangeeta Bijlani. Bijlani might have done only a small number of movies, so this campy murder mystery is a surprise. In the eighties, Indians were still not very conversant with the concept of serial killers, spree killers, cults. These aspects didn’t rule the headlines of Indian newspapers in the eighties.  There might be a handful of movies that talked about a psychopathic killer  in this decade. Every crime had a justification in movies until the nineties. Even if the protagonist was a criminal, there’d be a dark past that was the reason. Most movies in India had the protagonist coming out of a jail and hugging his wife or would be wife as the climax. In such a scenario comes Qatil, a whodunnit.

Qatil Synopsis

The death of a pregnant lady has sent shock waves through the city. This killer is targeting only women and is killing them off brutally. It all starts with the death of a prostitute who was also pregnant. As police and the law grapple with the investigation, the incident changes the lives of four individuals forever. Anand is a journalist who believes in unraveling the truth at all costs. Shyam is a police officer who’s always looking to find the truth. Their fast friend is Kumar, the son of a lawyer couple. Kumar and Kiran are a couple, and Anand is a good friend. Kumar is hell bent on abolishing the death sentence, and is at loggerheads about it with his father as well. As the prostitute’s death becomes the city’s talking point, he decides to use the buzz to remove the death sentence forever.

Taking Anand into confidence, he creates a scenario where the police will suspect for the death of the woman. His gameplan is to lose the case, be sentenced to death and then provide proof that the death sentence should be abolished. Does Kumar suceed in this? Who killed the pregnant woman in the first place? To know this and more, you need to watch Qatil.

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Qatil Review:

Qatil has a good concept. The Death sentence has been a heated talking point since independence. But the movie’s issue loses its importance in the other tracks that it includes, including a love story with family rivalry and a love triangle as well. And then there’s the extended court case as well. There’s no reason why Kumar wants the death sentence to be abolished, apart from the idea that he thinks that its wrong. For someone to take such a drastic step, there needs to be something in their past. But there’s no backstory in Qatil.

Instead, we have some recognisable names in the already starry starcast. We have Amjad Khan in a cameo. A quick study of the credits also pops up the name Raju Shrivastava. If its the same Shrivastava who regaled audiences with his comic acts in the early 2000s, we should admire this man’s passion to make it big in Bollywood.

There’s not much when it comes to the investigating part of the movie as well. This is basically a story of a cat-and-mouse game between the journalist and the police officer. Then again, even the reveal of the actual murderer is nothing great. I still think that the crown for the absolutely stunning Bollywood suspense movie is Saboot.

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