Four of the most prominent Bollywood directors: Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap and Zoya Akhtar, are set to direct Netflix anthology film Ghost Stories.
Netflix officially announced that the film will be coming soon to the streaming platform:
This will be the third time the four directors collaborate for an anthology, after the 2018 Netflix film Lust Stories and 2013’s release Bombay Talkies.
While their first collaboration revolved on how Bollywood affects the lives of different people, Lust Stories focussed on various relationship issues. Ghost Stories will be their first film together in the horror genre.
Referring to the new project, Johar confessed his nervousness and excitement: “I have always been mortified to watch the horror genre and have always stayed very far away from any ghost story! So to direct one is not only hugely challenging but also exceptionally exciting.”
Banerjee is excited about experimenting with horror. “Ghost Stories is my attempt to do that, and it’s great to have a partner in Netflix with whom I have the freedom to tell the story as envisioned. Ultimately we are entertainers, and there’s nothing like a spine-chilling story, scaring the devil out of us while we’re safely tucked in our sofa munching fries,” he said.
Similarly, Kashyap is also thrilled to explore uncharted territory. “I am really looking forward to challenging myself to make something that I have never attempted before. Also, I have never prepared so much for anything before,” he admitted.
Akhtar is also excited for the anthology film. “As a writer/director, I thrive on bending genres and inverting tropes and I am so looking forward to attempting that with a ghost story,” she said.
Ghost Stories is one of the ten Indian Netflix films announced earlier this year as part of the streaming platform’s attempt at increasing native content to gain more users in India.
The film is set to go under production this month.