The implementation of dual roles or doppelgangers have been a crucial trope in the supernatural universe for decades. Most of these themes revolve around horror, magic realism and fantasy. Some of the most popular clichés would be an evil twin, a long lost twin or two people who look the same and are brought together by fate.
Identity is very personal and tropes like identity possession or doppelgangers tend to leave an audience wanting for more owing to the myriads of questions it leaves them with.
Why Is This Trope More Relevant To The Supernatural Genre?
More often than not, horror movies or series have certain tone-deaf layers which are usually filled with a phantom of some sort. Movies are nothing more than stories which can be portrayed in two ways – life as we see it that is realism or transcend the reality by incorporating various tools of film making. The use of doppelgangers blends these two realities. They are very much the reality but at the same time there’s a fantastical quality to them.
Let’s take a look at some of the movies that portray doppelgangers in a fantastical way:
1. Manjulika and Anjulika – Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2
4. 8×10 Tasveer
Let us know what your views are on dual roles and if there’s any other Indian horror movie that portrays one!
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