As a teenager, Ravi Iyer, was terrified at the thought of bloodstained knives, haunted mansions and dead bodies.
But the 43-year-old has now confronted his fears, and how. On Friday, Iyer, a filmmaker, will screen his first horror short film, ‘Mazaak Mat Karo’, at the country’s first horror short film festival, which will be held in the city.
Curated by Shamiana, a short film club that comprises film enthusiasts and budding filmmakers from across India, the festival will travel to seven cities including Delhi, Bangalore, Guwahati, Baroda and Pune over the next two months. The festival lineup also includes horror shorts made in the US, Norway and Netherlands.
“In India, we seldom get to watch gripping horror films, which are a popular concept in the West,” said Cyrus Dastur, founder, Shamiana. “Thus, we wanted to introduce Indian film buffs to this genre of cinema. We hope to make this a regular event.”
Interestingly, the festival begins on Friday, the 13th, which Dastur insisted was a coincidence. Or was it? “Perhaps, it is the outcome of a supernatural phenomenon...”