Gehrayee / Depth (1980) DVD9
This unheralded little production from the early 80's is quite possibly one of the finest horror films yet to emerge from Bollywood. Gehrayee is one of those horror films which truly get under your skin. The film focuses on a small middle class, well educated South Indian family that is having to come to terms with some financial difficulties and is in the process of tightening the financial belt in order to provide the kids with a decent education and the oldies a comfy retirement.

Chennabassapa (Sriram Lagoo) owns Betalnut grooves in Karnataka. He has a loyal servant Basava who has spent his entire life nurturing these grooves. The movie begins with Chennapbasappa revealing the fact to Basava that he has sold his land to a soap factory and soon the farmland will be replaced by a soap factory. And then Chennabasappa leaves a devastated Basava behind to move to the city of Bangalore. Here he wants to live rest of his life with his wife Saroja (Indrani Mukharjee), son Nandu(Anant Nag) and daughter Uma(Padmini Kolhapuri). Soon Uma starts acting strange. Her academic performances decline. Sometimes she blurts out obscenities at length. And one night she even tries to seduce her brother Nandu. Chennabasappa consults a psychiatrist and Uma suffers through diagnosis and treatment which includes the dreaded 'shock treatment', but with little success. Now Saroja and Nandu realise that there is a supernatural element involved. With the help of their servant they seek help of magic to put an end to Uma's misery.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 02:07:15 | 6.64 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Hindi
Subtitles: English
Genre: Horror, Drama

Directors: Vikas Desai, Aruna Raje
Cast: Shreeram Lagoo, Anant Nag, Indrani Mukherjee, Amrish Puri
Country: India

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