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Top 10 Suspenseful Bollywood Action Movies

While it may seem like Bollywood just produces over-the-top romantic musical extravaganzas, it actually produces films in a wide range of genres.

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The world of Bollywood movies stands as an enchanting fusion of art, entertainment, and social commentary with a rich tapestry of cultures, languages, and traditions. 

Bollywood that holds a significant place in Indian cinema outside of India over the past few decades. While it may seem like Bollywood just produces over-the-top romantic musical extravaganzas, it actually produces films in a wide range of genres.

Top 10 Suspenseful Bollywood Action Movies

Let’s look at some of the best action films from Bollywood, all of them loaded with suspense.

10.  Gupt

Gupt is a 1997 Bollywood thriller film directed by Rajiv Rai. The story revolves around Sahil Sinha, a spoiled, brash young man played by Bobby Deol, who is accused of murdering his stepfather, the wealthy industrialist Jaisingh Sinha. Sahil then engages in a frantic race against time to clear his name while evading the police and attempting to protect his loved ones.

The movie examines themes of betrayal, love, and redemption with thrilling twists and turns. It keeps the audience wondering until the startling ending exposes who the culprit really is.

9.  Vikram Vedha 

Vikram Vedha is a 2017 Tamil film that was later remade in Bollywood in 2022. The movie’s plot revolves around the cat-and-mouse game between Vikram, an honest and determined police officer, and Vedha, a notorious gangster. Vikram is on a mission to eradicate crime, while Vedha challenges his moral compass by sharing his life story, blurring the line between good and evil. As Vikram delves deeper into Vedha’s narrative, he questions his own beliefs and confronts his past. The film skillfully explores themes of justice, morality, and redemption, ultimately leaving the audience questioning the definition of right and wrong.

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8. Fan

The dramatic thriller “Fan” which stars all-time favorite Shah Rukh Khan as Gaurav, a devoted follower of Aryan Khanna (also portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan), is the focus of the film. But Gaurav’s love turns to hatred after his idol rebukes him for his behavior and refuses to acknowledge their bond. He devises a complex network of lies in an effort to ruin Aryan’s life and reduce the celebrity to the status of his supporter.

7. A Wednesday!

The story starts on an ordinary day when Mumbai police are informed of the existence of an explosives-filled backpack in a public area. An unidentified person who accepts responsibility for putting the explosive contacts the police after throwing away the bag. The mystery man also reveals that he has concealed additional explosives throughout the city that will detonate in a short amount of time if the police don’t free four convicted terrorists. The anonymous man’s true goal is exposed as the officers reluctantly cooperate, setting up an explosive climax conclusion.

6. Khiladi

Khiladi is a typical Bollywood romance setting that turned into a murder-mystery action thriller. The story is about Raj and his college friends who are a reckless bunch who are solely out to have fun and pull practical jokes on each other. Raj bets one day that he can convince his affluent buddy Sheetal’s father that she has been abducted in order to obtain money from him. However, Sheetal gets truly killed, and now Raj and his friends are named as the major suspects in the case, compelling them to leave their homes in order to clear their reputations and identify the real murderer.

5. War

War is an Indian Spy Verse Featuring the two biggest action stars of the time, Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff War who take on the roles of army officers tasked with preventing a foreign terrorist from unleashing devastation throughout India. Kabir is discovered to have started working against the Indian government after a series of attacks on army soldiers. Khalid offers to go on an alone mission to find his former mentor because he believes there is a bigger game being played.

4. Mardaani 2

In Mardaani 2, a lone female officer Shivani is once again dealing with a string of brutal murders of young women this time in Kota, Rajasthan. The atrocities scandalize the conservative village, and Shivani believes a mentally ill serial killer is responsible for the killings. The killer begins to show interest in Shivani after it is revealed that she would be in charge of the investigation into the crimes. The thriller goes on in the race of who will be one step ahead of the other.

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3. Race

The movie Race revolves around Successful businessman and ranch owner Ranvir, his beloved brother Rajiv and his girlfriend Sonia. Ranvir is so devoted to his brother that when he discovers Rajiv is in love with Sonia, he stands aside and lets Rajiv pursue and marry Sonia. The family dynamic however gets shattered as Ranvir’s life is threatened. Ranvir, Rajiv, and Sonia now are in a race against time to figure out who attempted the murder, even as several skeletons emerge from the family’s closet and threaten to upend their world.

2. Kahani 

A highly pregnant woman named Vidya Bagchi travels to Kolkata from the UK in order to find her missing husband. The only issue is that there is no official record of someone who fits Vidya’s husband’s description and who was recently in Kolkata. The local police constantly stand in Vidya’s way, forcing her to conduct her own covert investigations in Kahani. Vidya continues her investigations after defeating lethal forces, as she pursues one lead after another, eventually discovering a shocking conspiracy at the city’s core.

1. Ghajini

A Bollywood thriller that revolves around the life of Sanjay Singhania, a successful businessman with a peculiar condition of short-term memory loss. When his beloved girlfriend Kalpana is brutally murdered, Sanjay’s memory resets every 15 minutes, erasing any memory of her killers. The man uses tattoos all over his body, as well as a journal where he records significant clues he has discovered and images of locations and individuals, to help in his quest for his lover’s killer.

The movie was the fundamental notion of Christopher Nolan’s 2000 cult classic Memento. A.R. Murugadoss, an Indian director, then blatantly appropriated the idea for his Tamil-language film Ghajini. He later remade his own movie in Hindi in 2008.

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