Boo! It's a cliché!
By MovieTalkies.com, 11 May 2011
It's dark out. She's wearing nothing but a negligee as she steps into the bathroom. She makes a motion to take it off and the shot pans to show the lacy apparel fall by the side in a pile, and our lady steps under the shower. The camera takes its time to show off her skin as gratuitously as possible while she turns on the tap and the water starts cascading off her bodacious curves. There's a 'chilling' song playing in the background as the girl soaps up. In a minute, the water turns a visible red, even as she continues lathering up. Suddenly, she opens her eyes, sees the blood she's slathered in and gives out an ear splitting scream!
If you have a feeling of déjà vu reading that, it is because the 'bloody shower' scene is probably the most oft used trope to come out of Bollywood horror. Making an appearance in a million desi scare flicks, especially of the Ramsay variety, one can be sure that if it's a horror film, the sanitary fittings are going to be spurting blood, especially if it's a woman in the bath. Clearly, B'town ghosts are not big on hygiene.
Given the frequency with which water turns to blood in all these horrific havelis, one would imagine that the residents of the place would see sense in taking bucket baths every morning instead of the eerie evening showers. Yet, as one can deduce, sense is not something our desi horror subscribes to.
Take, for example, the choice of attire of the women in these desi thriller chillers. Nightwear for these females is inevitably something lacy and see through, as if the concept of pyjamas is something that they have never heard of. As can be expected, our ghostly friend chooses to turn on the scares right when the lady of the house is sleeping, waking her up and instigating her to investigate the matter; and even then, she doesn't think twice about stepping out into the lonely night in her skimpy best.