Qatil Chudail (2001)
Cast: Sapna, Amit Pachori, Vinod Tripathi, Anil Nagrath
Director: Kanti Shah
Synopsis: The lascivious tale of a nymphomaniac whose lust transcends her death and wreaks revenge on anyone who dares to stop her amorous cravings.
Qatil Chudail is another feather in director Kanti Lal’s ever impressive cap. The film is shot on a zero budget with the usual Z grade horror movie stars sharing screen space and time. We begin with Anil Nagrath and his date heading off in the wee hours and the middle of the night when a nasty storm brews up and there is much stock footage of lightening bolts, the same we have seen since the early days of the Ramsays (including the same background music used for all horror movies since the late 70s). The thunder and lightening as well as the intimidating and empty Haveli the arrive at sends Nagrath into a bit of a frenzy and he starts hallucinating and freaking visualizing things moving around on their own and a witch laughing mockingly at him. He is about to go into cardiac arrest when he is reassured by his lady friend who then starts to turn up the party and raise the heat. They have mad, passionate sex and we see that Nagrath has calmed down considerably; enough to tell his friend of a previous occasion that he brought a floozy to this Haveli with horrifying consequences.
It seems he had landed another hot and willing date and when they got to the haveli, she started lusting in an amazing manner after he kneaded and plucked at her bosom with considerable expertise. Soon she is writhing on the bed, yearning for his touch and he can hardly believe his lucky stars but things go horribly wrong and soon enough he comes face to face with an evil ghost with a hideously scarred and charred face who leers at him, cackling in the most horribly evil manner a bit like the possessed demons from The Evil Dead.
The plot moves on to more Nympho-maniacal antics with Thakur Saab telling his daughter that he is off to the city for work and though she claims to be distraught at his departure she clearly has other plans. She contacts a sleazy friend of hers who tells her how wonderful it is to “be feeling love” from man and gives her mate a number of a body builder who is visiting from abroad. She gives into her lusting ways and soon she is telling her new friend how he has given her so much love that she can’t do without it and that he should sneak back into her home for continued passionate lovemaking while daddy is away. Things get out of hand as her lover is shot dead but not before she has already made moves on her servant as well as her brother in law. Daddy, realizing his daughter is a bad one takes a rifle to her lover as well as his daughter but its not long before they are both back from the dead to deliver a most horrible revenge on anyone who dared to interfere with Sapna’s voracious sex drive.
One death sequence in particular might well have been inspired by The Evil Dead films again as a mounted Moose’s Head starts to come alive and attack its victim, goring him to an appalling end. The Cackling witch face keeps returning intermittently though clearly all her footage was shot in one go and dispersed liberally and judiciously by maestro Kanti Shah. Kamini, the evil wench prowls the wilderness surrounds of the Haveli seeking out her fresh victims and uses her stunningly seductive ways as the perfect trap. Later in seeking revenge from the Thakur she uses his young daughter and possesses the child with her demonic spirit. Her plan to destroy the entire family including wife and children. Bindiya, the child is transformed into a deadly pawn, ready to plot the demise of her beloved parents.
There is a welcome major twist at the three-quarter phase when it is revealed that the Thakurs saintly sister is anything but an angel as she is plotting with some goons to have the Thakur and his family wiped out so that she can gain the family inheritance for herself. With this spanner in the works things are set up intriguingly for Kanti Shah to steer his plot deftly to a thrilling conclusion.
It’s a pretty dire cinematic experience and yet it somehow manages to hold together and not fall apart just when expected which in itself is quite an achievement. Sapna is in top form in a double role as the witch as well as her living and lusting twin sister while the other actors manage their roles with vigour.
The groping bits in the opening scenes were strong enough to be excised from the YouTube version but the VCD version contains all the kneading, plucking and pressing in full glory. Not for the feint-hearted or uninitiated but more for hardened Bollywood Horror watchers who have seen it all a dozen times before! Moral of the story? Install nanny cams in case you think you have a crazed, drooling nymphomaniac for a daughter. It may help avoid some terrible circumstances. Also avoid sisters who appear overly sweet for their own nefarious reasons.