PIX: The Horror Queens Of Bollywood
After starring in the first Raaz film in 2002, actress Bipasha Basu returns to the film series as a black magic woman this September.
The actress plays an ambitious actress diva who uses black magic to spite her professional rival, played by Esha Gupta.
Evil women have been an integral part of Bollywood's stock of horror films.
Here's looking at actresses who have played sinister troublemakers in various Hindi films over the years.
Image: Bipasha Basu in Raaz 3
Kainaz Motivala in Ragini MMS
An amorous couple unknowingly zeroes in on a haunted house for a boozy weekend getaway and after the spirit is done with the group, it goes after Ragini (played by Motivala).
The spirit posseses Ragini's body and tries to kill her by making it commit suicide.
Image: Kainaz Motivala in Ragini MMS
Kangna Ranaut in Raaz -- The Mystery Continues
Kangna Ranaut plays a model named Nandita who's in love with a filmmaker and reality show host.
Before the couple settles down in their new home, Kangna's character Nandita is possesed by a mysterious spirit that seems intent on brutally killing her.
Image: Kangna Ranaut in Raaz -- The Mystery Continues
Adah Sharma in 1920
Adah Sharma plays a Christian girl Lisa in the film who moves in with her architect husband in a huge haunted haveli.
Within a few days of their arrival, strange things start happening in the mansion and the evil spirit of a deceased spy posseses Lisa, making her eat dead animals and slit her wrists.
Image: Adah Sharma in 1920
Vidya Balan in Bhool Bhulaiya
Vidya Balan plays archeologist Avni who pays a visit to her husband's royal palace in his ancestral village.
Avni is so besotted with Manjulika, the late Bengali dancer in the erstwhile royal court who's also believed to be haunting the palace, that she acts as if she's possesed by her spirit.
Image: Vidya Balan in Bhool Bhulaiya
Esha Deol in Darling
Esha Deol plays psychotic lover Geeta Menon who dies accidentally while arguing with her married lover, played by Fardeen Khan.
Geeta comes back from the dead to haunt her lover and seeks the most unique revenge.
Image: Esha Deol in Darling
Ishaa Koppikar in Krishna Cottage
Ishaa Koppikar plays the stunning new kid in the college where lovebirds Manav and Shanti study with their friends.
Things go wrong when Isha's Disha is revealed to be a ghost who's back from the dead to claim her lost love.
Image: Ishaa Koppikar in Krishna Cottage
Urmila Matondkar in Bhoot
Urmila Matondkar plays a housewife Swati in Bhoot who gets a high rise apartment at a very low price.
Only a few days after moving in the flat with her husband, Swati notices that her new house is sookily different than regular houses.
Tragedy strikes when Swati is possesed by the spirit of a woman who previously died in the flat.
Image: Urmila Matondkar in Bhoot
Malini Sharma in Raaz
Malini Sharma plays a pretty young thing who has an affair with a marired man and commits suicide right in front of him when he refuses to leave his wife for her and reveals that he was just looking for physical gratification.
She haunts the cottage that served as a love nest and tries to kill her lover too.
Image: Malini Sharma in Raaz
Revathy in Raat
One of Ram Gopal Varma's most appreciated horror films, Raat had Revathy in the role of a possesed college going girl and the spooky things that happen in her new home where she's moved in with her parents and nephew.
The film released in 1992 and met with a lot of critical acclaim.
Image: Revathy in Raat