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While alone in the house, a woman hears news of serial killer on the loose. And then a stranger rings the doorbell...

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Ram Gopal Varma (as Ramgopal Varma)

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Anurag Kashyap
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Urmila Matondkar ... Ma'am
Manoj Bajpayee ... Sameer A. Purnavale (as Manoj Bajpai)
Sushant Singh ... Qureshi
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On a stormy rainy night a women is watching a news on television of a killer being around suddenly her bell rings.She is hesitant to open the door after hearing the news of killer.Man claims himself as Sameer A. Purnavale looking for Mr Malhotra and frequently rings the bell.The women tells him that the house belongs to Mr Gupta.In order to scare him she tells that her husband is sleeping upstairs.But she hears a sudden noise and runs outside to Puranavale who tells her that he is here to protect her.When she finds nobody around asks him to leave but another man is standing at the door with a gun claiming to be Inspector Qureshi.The women is left confused among both the men suspecting that they are not who they claim to be as one of them could also be the killer. Written by alex.mjacko@gmail.com

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Hindi

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26 February 1999 (India) See more »

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It happened one night... when RGV's brilliance sparkled!
15 July 2009 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

Ram Gopal Varma is according to me one of the finest filmmakers India has seen. The artistic excellence of his works, the originality of his scripts, and the general unique finesse of his style are extraordinary. "Kaun?" is one of his better works. It is a very unconventional Hindi film for its time (or even today). It is a small, relatively short thriller, and as a thriller, it is simply superb.

It is atypical in that it is only one hour-and-a-half long, it has no songs, there are only three characters, and the entire story takes place in one house during one rainy night. This may resemble in many ways Yash Chopra's classic Ittefaq, and Varma might have taken some inspiration from Chopra's classic, but mind you, just inspiration; "Kaun?" is very much a film of its own.

The story develops at a steady pace and focuses the viewer's attention on every tiny detail. The background score, the taut, unpredictable script, the fairly peculiar characters, all contribute to the film's suspenseful mood. Every scene in the film is relevant, interesting and thrilling, never letting the viewer get distracted for even one minute right until the rather shocking end.

The film's main protagonist is played by the absolutely fantastic Urmila Matondkar, who displays fear, confusion and total madness through her ever so intense facial expressions and body language to create a memorably ambiguous and freaky lady. The two co-actors support well, and it's rather unusual to see the wonderful Manoj Bajpai playing the typical moronic fellow.

"Kaun?" is an honest attempt by Varma which works very well for various reasons. The film provides chilling entertainment, and its intensely dark proceedings as well as its surprising ending make it one of the greatest thrillers made in Hindi cinema in recent times. Sadly, not enough films of this sort are being made in India, and when they are, they get little notice. A must-watch.


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