Chhorii, a horror film starring Nushrratt Bharuccha and directed by Vishal Furia, began shooting on Wednesday. The film is a remake of Furia’s 2017 Marathi horror film Lapachhapi, which revolved around a pregnant woman’s attempt to save her unborn child from spirits in her house in a village. Lapachhapi premiered at and won awards at several international film festivals.
Expressing her excitement and gratitude for the journey, Bharuccha shared pictures of the muhurat puja conducted before the team started shooting.
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Jointly produced by Crypt TV, Abundantia and Tseries, Chhorii also stars Mita Vashisht, Rajesh Jais and Saurabh Goyal. Vashisht and Furia have previously worked together in the Hotstar Specials’ crime drama series Criminal Justice, co-starring Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Anupriya Goenka and Jackie Shroff.
Chhorii will be Furia’s first directorial in Hindi. It is also the first Indian production for Crypt TV (an American entertainment company that focuses on developing, producing and distributing horror-themed digital content), which was founded by Jack Davis and Eli Roth and is backed by Blumhouse.
The script for Chhorii has been written by Vishaal Kapoor, who also wrote the script for Lapachhapi. In the past, the writer-director duo worked on the 2019 Zee5 series Bombers.
Lapachhapi has won several domestic as well as international awards. It was the official selection for the Brooklyn Film Festival 2016 and won the Spirit Award. It was also the official selection at the Madrid International Film Festival 2016, with Furia winning the Best New Director award. The film was also nominated for awards under several other categories. The film was a Gold Award Winner at the Spotlight Horror Awards while getting an official selection at Ohio’s Horror Hotel Film Festival winning the fourth place. It won several awards of Excellence including Feature Film, Direction, Cinematography, Story/Writing, Original Score, Dramatic Impact at the Accolade Global Film Competition Awards 2016 as well as got the official selection at Ecuador’s CUENCA International Film Festival 2017.
Furia has another Marathi horror film in the pipeline currently, titled Bali and starring film and television actor Swwapnil Joshi. The film had to be halted due to the coronavirus pandemic but is now into in post-production. Furia will also be directing the upcoming Hindi trilogy Naagin along with Nikhil Dwivedi. Naagin stars Shraddha Kapoor.
Bharuccha, meanwhile, last starred in the Hindi film Chhalaang that premiered on Amazon Prime Video on November 13.