Karan Johar forays into horror entertainment with Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship starring Vicky Kaushal in the lead. The movie will have Bhanu Pratap Singh marking his debut as a director. Prior to this Bhanu assisted Shashank Khaitan on Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014).
With time, Karan Johar and his production banner, Dharma Productions has become synonymous with romcoms and family entertainers. Now the group is all set to create its first horror franchise with Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship. This is Vicky’s second movie with the banner and the first one in this genre. Apart from directing movies, Shashank is also acting in the capacity of co-producer with Karan, Hiroo Johar and Apoorva Mehta.
The idea for the script came from Bhanu, a horror enthusiast, who was also Shashank’s batchmate at their film school before he assisted the latter on the Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt romcom. He began working on the concept and developed it with Shashank who suggested taking it to Dharma Productions. Bhanu was in beginning apprehensive about the idea as Dharma doesn’t have a very good reputation in horror movies. Remember Kaal (2005)?
But after Karan Johar heard the script, Shashank shares,
“Karan loved it. Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship is based on a true incident that took place in Bombay. The shooting is complete. The post-production is underway and the film will open in cinemas on November 15 this year.”
Based on a ship, the movie has lots of VFX, work on which is underway. The filmmaker adds,
“The intent is to create a series. We’re looking at making more authentic films, even horror comedies. Bhanu and I have discussed a few ideas. It’s an exciting time to take the franchise ahead.”
The makers also approached Ram Gopal Varma as he had the rights to the title. He directed the 2003 hit Bhoot. Shashank was thankful to RGV for giving the title to them.