Besides other industries and the country’s economy that have been hit hard, this year has also not been a great one for the Hindi film industry. With cinemas shutting down due to the coronavirus-induced pandemic for more than six months and now after cinemas unlocked and reopened few theaters showed up, the year has just passed with few of outputs on the big screen. However, those dark times didn’t deter our filmmakers and writers from coming up with some interesting scripts and getting back to filming, all set for a great next year.
While we’ve seen low-budget, content-driven movies do extremely well over the past couple of years, moving away from mainstream horror, Bollywood has recently warmed up to the idea of ââserving fears with a touch of humor. Horror comedy as a genre is suddenly in vogue among mainstream Hindi filmmakers.
The genre has been around in the Hindi film industry for ages – the old classic “Bhoot Bangla” and recent releases such as “Bhul Bhulaiyaa”, “Bhootnath”, “Go Goa Gone” and “Stree” come to mind when we think of horror films.
These films, however, were one-off cases. What’s happening now is that Bollywood filmmakers have suddenly taken an interest in the horror comedy genre in a way that makes it seem like the genre is here to stay. It’s important to note that the new generation of movies serves up the fun scares with a new-age twist and message.
Here’s a look at a few horror comedy movies that are all set to hit silver screens / that have been released digitally this year.
Bhoot the police
The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam and Arjun Kapoor. The film, which sees the actors sharing screen space for the first time, is directed by Pawan Kripalani, known for directing thrillers like “Phobia” and “Ragini MMS”. Not much is known about the film, but it is shot at various hill stations such as Dalhousie and Dharamshala.
Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter reunite in “Phone Bhoot”. It is slated for release in 2021. The film is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar and directed by Gurmeet Singh. Details of the film are still under wraps.
This film will also see the new couple of Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor. âRoohiAfzaâ also features Varun Sharma in a key role. The film, produced by Dinesh Vijan and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and directed by debutant Hardik Mehta, also stars Varun Sharma. Its release is scheduled for March 20, 2020. This will be Rajkummar’s third collaboration with Dinesh Vijan after “Stree” and “Made in China”.
Akshay Kumar star “Laxmii” was released earlier this month. The horror comedy is a remake of the Tamil blockbuster “Muni 2: Kanchana”. Raghava Lawrence, who helmed the original, is also directing the Bollywood remake starring Kiara Advani, Tusshar Kapoor, Sharad Kelkar and Ashwini Kalsekar. The film received an overwhelming response among the masses.
(With IANS entries)