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10 Mindboggling movies and shows which deal with split personality disorder5 min read

Split Personality disorder in movies like Breathe into the Shadows
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The protagonist from Dhoom, Abhishek Bachchan, made a spectacular comeback with Amazon Prime’s Breathe into the Shadows (Friyay’s take: Add this to your watch list). The show opened to mixed reviews but has received some love from the audience & has an IMDb rating of 7.8

For all you guys who have watched the show, know how wonderfully they have incorporated Dissociative Identity Disorder as part of the myriad twists and turns in this engrossing and pretty emotional thriller.

While we all are still busy thinking about the theories behind C-16 as seen in the last episode of this Abhishek Bachchan starrer, we have curated a list of thrillers with characters that suffer from this mental disorder which has intrigued writers and filmmakers for a long time.

Breathe Into The Shadows first poster: Abhishek Bachchan's debut ...
Breathe into the Shadows, mind boggling thriller currently streaming on Amazon Prime Videos

1) Psycho (IMDb: 8.5)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh & Vera Miles

Currently streaming on Netflix

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

Psycho is a timeless classic and is deemed to be a genre altering movie. Categorized as one of Hitchcock’s finest works after Dial M for Murder and Vertigo, Psycho was one of the first movies to leave their audience shell-shocked by the killing of its lead character. However, the twist at the end was even more shocking and viewers both then and now love getting terrified by watching it. It also serves as inspiration for the highly successful Bates Motel (Friyay’s take: Must watch) which is streaming on Netflix.

Trailer- Psycho

2) Bhool Bhulaiyaa (IMDb: 7.3)

Director: Priyadarshan

Cast: Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar & Shiny Ahuja

Currently streaming on Netflix

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We are sure that Bhool Bhulaiyaa introduced the concept of Multiple Personality Disorder for us 90s kids in India. Before Kahani star, Vidya Balan wooed the world with her “Dirty Movie”, she was Manjulika crooning to “Ami je tomar” giving one of the most enchanting performances on Indian screen. Full of surprising twists and turns and epic comic scenes, it was a remakes of the Malayalam movie Manichitrathazu which was even remade as Chandramukhi in Tamil. It has attained cult status in India.

Trailer- Bhool Bhulaiyaa

3) Fight Club (IMDb: 8.8)

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Currently streaming on Amazon Prime Videos

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

Let us break the first two rules of Fight Club and talk about it. Having successfully captured the emotions of the youth struggling to find meaning beyond their regular 9-5, it has turned into another iconic hit and even though the violence may be a little too much, watch it for the raw performances by Pitt, Norton and the wonderful Ms. Carter.

Trailer- Fight Club

4) Girl, Interrupted (IMDb: 6.8)

Director: James Mangold

Cast: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, Angela Bettis, and Vanessa Redgrave.

Currently streaming on Netflix

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Girl, Interrupted has an eclectic set of women with some of their best performances. All of them suffer from a range of mental ailments, This movie is a lot about female friendships, support from family and how we need to reach the depth of abyss to climb up to reach the heights of what we are capable of.

Trailer- girl, Interrupted

5) Silver Linings Playbook (IMDb: 7.7)

Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence & Robert De Niro

Currently streaming on Netflix

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This is an eccentric, romantic drama-comedy with Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) giving some of their best performances. It is a difficult love story because obviously silver linings are always accompanied by clouds. Watch this movie for an honest portrayal of mental health and how it affects so-called normal lives.

Trailer- Silver Linings Playbook

6) Primal Fear (IMDb: 7.7)

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Cast: Edward Norton, Richard Gere & Frances McDormand

Currently streaming on Netflix

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

Martin Vail, a defence attorney, takes work for money and reputation, rather than any sense of common good. His most recent trial concerns an altar boy, accused of brutally killing Chicago’s archbishop. Vail stands up to his ex-pupil and ex-lover, but as the case progresses and the hidden secrets of the Church are exposed, Vail discovers that what appeared to be a straightforward case takes on a deeper, more sinister dimension.

Trailer- Primal Fear

7) Aparichit (IMDb: 8.2)

Director: S. Shankar 

Cast: Vikram & Prakash Raj

Currently streaming on Zee5

Friyay’s Take: Add this to your watch list

Originally released as Anniyan in Tamil, Aparichit is the dubbed Hindi version. It has Ramanujam, who suffers from multiple personality disorder and works as a lawyer but becomes a vigilante at night. He uses ‘Garuda Purana’ as his instruments to reveal various antisocial elements.

Aparichit’s trailer in Tamil

8) Alias Grace (IMDb: 7.8)

Director: Mary Harron

Cast: Sarah Gadon & Edward Holcroft

Currently streaming on Netflix

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It is adapted from the written work of Margaret Atwood, who also wrote The Handmaiden’s Tale (Friyay’s Take: Must Watch) whose television adaptation is currently streaming on Amazon Prime India. The novel itself is based on real events. This miniseries of six episodes introduces us to Grace Marks, a young woman jailed for almost two decades in 1843 Canada for a brutal and bloody double homicide. She has lost her recollection of the tragic events in spite of the vivid essence of Grace ‘s crimes.

Trailer- Alias Grace

9) Split (IMDb: 7.3)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Betty Buckley

Currently streaming on: Rent the movie on YouTube

Friyay’s Take: Add this to your watch list

From the Sixth Sense director comes this movie which forms the second instalment in his “Unbreakable Trilogy”. Split ‘is a psychological horror film that presents in the director’s special world of superheroes and villains one of the most formidable and unpredictable characters. Basically, it is about a man with 24 different personalities, who abducts and jails three teenage girls in an isolated underground prison.

Trailer- Split

10) Karthik Calling Karthik (IMDb: 7.0)

Director: Vijay Lalwani

Cast: Farhan Akhtar & Deepika Padukone

Currently streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

Friyay’s Take: Add this to your watch list

This is a psychological thriller about an introvert, Karthik who is often mocked by his boss and has faced many setbacks all his life. One day, however, he receives a phone call from an outsider who wants to change his life.

Trailer- Karthik Calling Karthik

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