Thriller fever grips Bollywood, Talaash to be 2012's closing deal

New Delhi, Nov. 27 -- Aamir Khan will be back this Friday with Reema Kagti's Talaash. With its plot kept tightly under wraps, the crime-thriller is generating a lot of curiosity.

Talaash

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Director: Reema Kagti

Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji

Plot: A cop, a housewife and a prostitute get entangled in a mystery that links their lives in unexpected ways.

USP: Lethal combination of Aamir, Kareena and Rani + Perfectionist Khan's success rate

Releasedate: November 30

Meanwhile, we take a look at best thrillers of 2012 and next year's most promising ones.

TOP 5 THRILLERS OF 2012

2012 has been a year of thrillers with Talaash to be the closing deal. While not all managed to create an impact, some definitely thrilled the audience.

Raaz 3D

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Director: Vikram Bhatt

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta

Plot: A filmmaker must save his love from the black magic of a wicked woman who has become blind in love, lust and passion.

USP: Emraan-Bipasha paired up for the first time and Bipasha returned to playing an antagonist

Releasedate: September 7

Ek Tha Tiger

Genre: Romance/Thriller

Director: Kabir Khan

Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif

Plot: RAW agent Tiger is on a mission to retrieve information from a scientist in Dublin.

USP: Ex-lovers reunited onscreen and of course, Salman mania needs no introduction.

Releasedate: August 15

Shanghai

Genre: Political/Thriller

Director: Dibakar Banerjee

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee

Plot: Prime leader of a campaign against a big government project is killed in what appears to be a road accident. An IAS officer is ordered to probe the incident and the veils of falsehood begin to drop.

USP: The realistic set-up and gripping screenplay.

Releasedate: June 8

Jannat 2

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Director: Kunal Deshmukh

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, Randeep Hooda

Plot: After fixing matches in Jannat (2008), Emraan Hashmi returns to being the greedy KKC Sonu Dilli in its sequel.

USP: A complete A-rated Emraan Hashmi film.

Releasedate: May 4

Kahaani

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Director: Sujoy Ghosh

Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee

Plot: A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met her husband.

USP: Post The Dirty Picture success, Vidya Balan in her pregnant avatar created a lot of buzz.

Releasedate: March 9

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TOP 5 THRILLERS OF 2013

Thriller fever will not end with this year. Come 2013, and Bollywood has an interesting mix on plate.

Race 2

Genre: Action/Thriller

Director: Abbas-Mustan

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel

Plot: A son decided to take revenge after his father goes into depression and the race (where betrayal is survival) begins for the second time.

USP: After hit Race, duo Abbas-Mustan is back to twist your mind and senses with an interesting star cast.

Releasedate: January 25

Murder 3

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Director: Vishesh Bhatt

Cast: Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari

Plot: Murder 3 will not be an erotic film but will have sensuality. Other details are not known yet.

USP: The Murder franchise, which started with Mallika Sherawat in the first part and Jacqueline Fernandez in the second, will now be taken forward by Aditi Rao Hydari.

Releasedate: February 15

Shootout at Wadala

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Director: Sanjay Gupta

Cast: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Sonu Sood

Plot: Based on the first-ever registered encounter by the Mumbai Police, which took place on November 1, 1982.

USP: A sequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala, the cast is interesting and the plot gripping.

Releasedate: May 1

Satyagraha

Genre: Political/Thriller

Director: Prakash Jha

Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai

Plot: The film is expected to be based on the current scenario where the middle-class all over the world is in anguish with the system and is gearing up to renegotiate democracy.

USP: A Prakash Jha thriller starring an exciting mix of actors.

Releasedate: August 15

Ragini MMS 2

Genre: Thriller/Horror

Director: Bhushan Patel

Cast: Sunny Leone

Plot: The original film revolved around the video footage of a girl named Ragini and was loosely inspired from the real story of a girl from Delhi. The sequel too is inspired by a real-life story.

USP: After Jism 2, this will be Sunny Leone's second Bollywood outing.

Releasedate: October 11

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