After the success of Bombay Talkies and Lust Stories filmmakers Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, and Dibakar Banerjee are reunite to thrill everyone in the New Year with their 144 minute’s horror anthology film Ghost Stories. Dhadak Girl Janhvi Kapoor, Surekha Sikri (Dadisa of Balika Vadhu) and Raghubir Yadav are the few names enough to ensure that the series will be a hit on televisions. Surekha received several awards, including three National Film Awards and a Filmfare Award while Raghubir who is a well-known name in the film industry won the IFFI Best Actor Award (Male): Silver Peacock Award at the 11th International Film Festival of India. Ghost Stories is out on January 1, 2020, at 12 am IST on Netflix worldwide.
In a date announcement video which is recorded in a dark room and in spooky style, filmmakers dropped hints about their respective short stories, “Last year, we did Lust Stories and we had so much fun…that we decided to go one step further. We ventured into a space that none of us had been in before. So this year, we decided to do Ghost Stories. It’s about things that are not really human…monsters, supernatural.” Karan teased that his short might revolve around a “big fat wedding”, while Zoya’s film will deal with “innocent kindergarten rhymes”. “Bird songs don’t sound sweet anymore,” said Anurag. Dibakar added, “Strange fascination and craving for certain kinds of food.” After all the analysis, it is confirmed that the film is consisting of four short stories, which is a joint project of RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment wherein the co-producers are Ronnie Screwvala and Ashi Dua.
Along-with Janhvi and Surekha other main casts in the film are Sobhita Dhulipala (Bard of Blood, Raman Raghav 2.0), Sukant Goel (Kapoor & Sons), Avinash Tewari (Laila Majnu), Sukant Goel (Hunterrr, Hate Story), Kusha Kapila (Son of Abish). Super 30 girl Mrunal Thakur who also played the wife of ACP Sanjay Kumar in Batla House is playing one of the main characters in the film, Vijay Verma who performed in many hit films like Pink, Gully Boy, Super 30, Gully Boy and Baaghi 3 is ready for his launch at Netflix’s upcoming horror.
Janhvi Kapoor, who features in Zoya’s segment in Ghost Stories, also announced the news in a video shared on Instagram. She seemed to confirm that the film will have a nursery rhyme connection. “12 o’clock…That’s one, two, wear your shoe. Hope that rhyme wasn’t too much for you, Zo,” she said with a wink.
We don’t have any plot details for the upcoming film yet as everything is kept secret by the directors to surprise their viewers in 2020. Although we have a trailer, published by Netflix on December 12 along with a short description, “Four mind-bending thrillers from the Directors of Lust Stories – Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, and Karan Johar. Starring Janhvi Kapoor, Sobhita Dhulipala, Gulshan Devaiah and Mrunal Thakur. Ghost Stories premieres on 1st January, only on Netflix.” Check out the chilling trailer above.