Director Vishal Furia says horror is a powerful genre but he feels that no one is doing justice to it in India.
His upcoming project is Nushrat Bharucha’s horror film “Chhori”, which is a remake of the Marathi hit “Lapachhapi”.
For Furia, horror is a space that is left wide open by filmmakers in India. He believes while there have been some good attempts, there hasn’t been a concrete movement towards serious Indian horror movies.
“Horror is such a strong genre because the impact remains with the audience for life and yet when I left the broadcasting industry to join the film industry, I found a gaping hole in this category. I realised no one is doing justice to it and felt I could contribute, that is why I started writing ‘Lapachhapi’,” said Furia.
Back in 2017, he specifically felt the need to make the movie in Marathi because he believes that the Marathi audience is evolved and appreciates good storylines.
“The movie did well. A year before it was released, it got selected to 20 international film festivals where it mostly won. We released the movie in July 2017 and it stayed on in the theatre for 11 weeks due to amazing audience demand. All this, after shooting the movie in 15 days flat,” he said.
The director is looking forward to its Hindi remake now.
“When it came to ‘Lapachhapi’, I had to strategically scale down my production given the budget constraints and limit the intensity of the film. But with the Hindi remake, we can scale-up the scares,” he said.