Bollywood will soon see the release of what is being touted as India’s first creature horror feature film. Titled Kaalo, the film stars 11-year-old child actor Swini Khara from Cheeni Kum and TV show Baa, Bahu aur Baby, alongside Aditya Shrivastav of CID fame. The film, directed by Wilson Louis, is due to release on November 26.
The 11-year old admits she had her share of scares. “When I went on the set the first day, I hadn’t seen Kaalo. When I did spot him, I ran back to the vanity van, crying to my mom,” says Khara, who completes her class six homework on the film sets. When asked what made her take up a horror movie role at such an age, she says, “I was in class five when I was shooting for this. I just wanted to try it for the experience. I hadn’t done it before and thought it’d be interesting.”
The director, however, had a different reason to star Khara, who he thought was a pure professional. “When we were on reconnaissance for the film in Rajasthan we heard many myths and old folk stories. One, which was about a witch who sacrificed little girls, really stayed with me and we had to get someone to play the part,” says Louis, who is currently experimenting with different horror genres.
His last film, Ho Sakta Hain (2006) was a black magic film, and his next is an untitled psychological thriller. Talking about Kaalo he says, “There isn’t a single night shot in this movie. The idea was not to get away easily. So the film runs over the proceedings of one day from morning to evening,” says Louis.
Though Khara is convinced that the film will scare all boys and girls who watch it, she hasn’t managed to see it herself. “I have only seen a bit,” she says, smiling, “But I am sure it will scare everyone.”