Spectres in Cinema

At The Hindu, friend of the Gutter Aditi Sen writes about ghosts and Bollywood. “Hindi cinema has not used ghosts much outside the realm of horror films, and when it has, the theme hasn’t worked very well. For example, despite the star cast of Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee, Paheli (2005) was a flop. There may have been several reasons behind its failure, but the ghost trope certainly did not help. Another truly well-made film called Ek Paheli (1971), starring Feroze Khan and Tanuja, failed because of the ghost trope. Even though Indian folklore is rich in stories of the supernatural, Bollywood has failed to crack the genre.”

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