'In our universe, the chudail is filmy' says Roohi Director Hardik Mehta

According to Roohi's Director Hardik Mehta, Movie aims to further generate curiosity about horror-comedies, a genre that allows creators to subvert the folklore to present a contemporary story. The trailer will be released theatrically on March 11.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Mar 05, 2021 17:41 IST
 'In our universe, the chudail is filmy' says Roohi Director Hardik Mehta
Roohi director Hardik Mehta

According to recent reports, With gags, gasps, and a shout-out to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ), Roohi aims to further generate curiosity about horror-comedies, a genre that allows creators to subvert the folklore to present a contemporary story, says the film's director Hardik Mehta.

Rajkummar Rao starrer 'Roohi' is set to be released in theatres on March 11, 2021.

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The star cast of Roohi includes Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Varun Sharma. Roohi revolves around a singing ghost who puts grooms to sleep so it can possess their brides.

While giving an interview to PTI, Hardik said, "Horror films have always used this twisted neck or turning around the neck for horror effect but here we have subverted that and combined the 'DDLJ' mainstream memory of 'palat' and given a chudail (witch) 'palat' moment. It was something not done before. In our universe, the chudail is filmy," 

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Roohi is the second film in producer Dinesh Vijan's horror comedy universe, which was envisioned following the success of "Stree", featuring Shraddha Kapoor and Rao. 

"We all have grown up with so many folk tales and rumors about ghosts and witches and each region has specific folklore. That helps establish folklore, create curiosity and subvert it in today's 21st century, where you can be rational about few things but you can also give up your rationality after few times," he said.

The concept of Roohi, Mehta said, came from writer-director Mrigdeep Singh Lamba of "Fukrey" fame and Gautam Mehra and is based on popular folklore of north India.

Also starring Manav Vij, Sarita Joshi, Anurag Arora, "Roohi" is one of the first Bollywood projects to arrive in theatres after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting allowed cinema halls to operate at full capacity with adherence to COVID-19 safety norms.

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Mehta said the team is under pressure to recreate the success of "Stree" with his film, besides getting people to visit cinema halls amid the pandemic.

"We have all kinds of pressure. There is a successful film in the same genre from the same producer and there is the pressure of getting people into cinema halls given there is a talk about the second wave (of COVID-19). We are hoping to get people back in cinema halls," he said. 

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