Vishal Furia has started work on his next Bollywood horror movie, Chhori.  He made this announcement via his Facebook account and gave us a glimpse of the clapboard.

Chhori is a unique Bollywood horror movie.  It is the first Bollywood production for Crypt TV, the horror-only channel in Hollywood. Chhori stars Nusrat Bharucha, who is popular for her girl-next-door portrayals in movies like Chalang, Sonu ke Titte ki Sweety, etc.

See Vishal Furia tweet about Chhori

The Bollywood Horror niche has seen some upgrades. Several mainstream directors have new projects in the horror genre. Vishal Furia singlehandedly introduced the Marathi audience to horror with Lapachhapi.

Vishal Furia earlier directed Lapachhapi, the Marathi Version of Chhori

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Lapachhapi did incredibly well and was one of the few Indian horror movies that won the selection in more than twenty international festivals. Lapachhapi also becomes one of the few Marath language movies that see a Bollywood remake. Marathi cinema doesn’t have many horror movies anyway. Apart from a Zapatlela 1 and 2, there’s aren’t any Marathi horror movies that come to mind.

Nushrat Bharucha stars in the Vishal Furia directorial Chhori

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Chhori is the remake of his Marathi movie Lapacchapi. In the Marathi version, Pooja Sawant played the role of the one half of an urban couple who travel to the husband’s native place, only to have an age-old horror unfold upon them.

We do have some other A-grade Bollywood horror movies coming up along the way. One of them is Phone Bhoot, which will have Katrina Kaif play an Indian version of a Ghostbuster.  That movie stars Siddharth Malhotra and Ishan Khattar.

Interestingly, there’s another Bollywood horror movie with almost the same premise as Phone Bhoot, which stars Saif Ali Khan.

Even in Hindi movies, we have movies like Stree and Pari that changed the very DNA of Bollywood horror. Mainstream directors tried their hands at humor and horror with franchises like Housefull and Golmaal adding horror to their screenplays.