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India's first creature horror film

Kaalo, touted as India’s first creature film, was shot in broad daylight. Read on to know more.

bollywood Updated: Dec 17, 2010 16:33 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

Dark and dingy locales are usually the preferred setting for a horror film. Now, get ready to be frightened in broad daylight with Wilson Louis’s Kaalo. The film will see 12-year-old Swini Khara playing the role of the victim. She was previously seen in Cheeni Kum and TV show Ba Bahu Aur Baby. Supporting her in the film is Aditya Shrivastav of CID fame.

Even though Khara had her share of scary experiences while shooting the film, she did not hesitate to taking up the role. Says Khara, who is in class six and completes her homework on the set, “I just wanted to try working in a horror film for the experience of it. I had not done something like that and I thought it would be interesting.”

The director, who has been experimenting with different styles of creating cinematic horror, found it challenging to make Kaalo without using the dark. “There is not one single night shot in this movie,” says Louis. “The idea was not to get away with making a film like this easily. So the film runs over what happens during one single day from morning to evening. There have been no day horror films made in India. Also this genre is difficult to make, you need to shoot from different angles.”

His last film Ho Sakta Hain (2006) was a black magic horror film, and his next untitled one is a psychological one. “I enjoy playing with different forms of horror films — shout, psychological horror or mind horror.”

First Published: Dec 17, 2010 14:46 IST