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Red Rose (1980)

  • GenrePsychological Thriller
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time138 mins
  • Length3964.38 meters
  • Number of Reels15
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingA
  • Censor Certificate Number4667
  • Certificate Date23/05/1980

There is something wrong with Anand. He is a successful businessman, the owner of an export company. He leads a suave and sophisticated life, keeping mostly to himself in his big mansion. He is also a womanizer, but there is a dark side to him. Women around Anand keep disappearing without a trace.


Anand’s gardener, Shera is the only other person who seems to share Anand’s dark secrets. Whenever he objectifies a woman he has recurring flashes of a semi-nude woman from his past, giving us an insight into his thoughts.


While chancing upon Sharda, at a clothing store, Anand develops a strong attraction towards her. Eventually they get married. After the wedding, Sharda slowly comes to realize that something is off in the house. She becomes suspicious when she finds a locked room with the inscription of a red cross and a skull on the door.  Anand brushes it off and tells her it is only a room full of old files and documents. Later, she finds a small hut outside the house where Anand’s father is kept captive. According to Anand, after being falsely persecuted for a crime, his father went through a mental breakdown and now keeps himself locked inside the small hut. The only people allowed inside the room are Anand and the gardener. The entire garden is filled with red roses that bury the dark secrets of the house.


What is wrong with Anand? What are the dark secrets buried in the mansion? Why do all the women around Anand go missing? Will Sharda be able to uncover the mystery? What role does the gardener have to play with regard to Anand’s dark secrets?


All of this is answered in the chilling climax of this dark psychological thriller where Rajesh Khanna portrays a never seen before avatar on screen.