While 60's bollywood is arguably the best decade for suspense thrillers, the other decades seemed to come up short on them, Gupt: The Hidden Truth which was released in 1997 is one of the very few decent suspense thrillers the '90's gave
Sahil (Bobby Deol) & Isha ( Kajol) are childhood friends who meet each other after a long time apart in college
Sheetal (Manisha Koirala) another girl in their college also meets Sahil and takes a liking to him, she tells her father Mr Chaudhury (Dalip Tahil) who then tells Sahil's step father Mr Sinha (Raj Babbar) Mr Sinha accepts and the marriage between the two are planned
On Sahil's birthday Mr Sinha makes the announcement that Sahil will be married to Sheetal, Sahil is displeased with this decision saying Isha is his true love, he accuses his step father of not wanting him to marry Isha because she is his secretary Mr Diwan's (Paresh Rawal) daughter
Isha with her father Mr Diwan
During the arguement between the two Sahil picks up a knife threatening to kill his stepfather
A few days later his step father is mysteriously stabbed to death, Sahil happens to arrive at the crime scene just after the stab (i think we all know where this is leading) he sees a chain which has been left by the killer, he is caught at the scene and accused of killing his step father
Sahil is accused by witnesses of killing his father by witnesses present at his birtday party arguement with his father. He is sentenced to 14 years in Jail, before he leaves he gives Sheetal the necklace he found at the crime scene, hoping it will someday lead him to the murderer
While in Jail he learns of an escape route through the drains, after escaping he starts plotting and pieceing together clues that might lead him to his father's murderer, he goes after the witnesses who accused him of killing his father, also after him is a determined police officer Udham Singh (Om Puri)
Isha on the other hand soon starts getting jealous of Sheetal and her ever increasing closeness to Sahil, thus commences a love triangle slash suspense thriller, Will Sahil ever find out the murderers of his step father? Will he be able to prove himself innocent? Will Sheetal's love for Sahil prevail over Isha's love?
My thoughts on Gupt is Superb Action Thriller with a dash of romance, and great songs.It kept me at the edge of my seat and i enjoyed the suspense.
Manisha was subtle and sweet in her role as Sheetal, i love how she displays some Animalistic type of attractions towards Sahil
This is my first proper Bobby Deol movie where i got to see him play a lead role, i loved his enthusiastic performance as the angry young man out to find his step father's murderers
Kajol gives a great performance as well, i recommend you watch this if you're a big Kajol fan, she was so sweet but yet very possessive when it came to her man
The music by Viju Shah is excellent, they all had a very poppy vibe about them my favourites are the breezy 'mere khwabon mein tu' & 'duniya haseeno ka mela' the dancey 'mushkil bada yeh pyaar hai' and the amazing title track 'Gupt Gupt' (see below) filmed with James bond type dancing silhouettes
Total score: 7/10 (Superb Action Thriller)