Vikas Bahl: “I loved the script of Shaitaan & felt that this story really had to be told”

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Featuring Ajay Devgn, Jyotika, and R Madhavan, the supernatural thriller Shaitaan is set to release on the 8th of March. Diving into the dark world of black magic, the film takes you on a journey with Kabir and his family, where their fun weekend trip is interrupted by a mysterious stranger.

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Crafting a supernatural thriller requires skilled planning, and Vikas Bahl conducted thorough research before diving into the shoot of the film.

Director Vikas Bahl talks about how he decided to helm Shaitaan, “I don’t really watch supernatural thrillers or horror movies, so my knowledge of that genre as a viewer is very little. But when I heard the story of Shaitaan, I totally loved it, and I felt that this story really had to be told. At the same time, it was so challenging for me to tell a story in a genre that I am a novice in. So, I thought, let me take up this challenge and see where it goes. And I must say, it’s been a great experience working on Shaitaan and creating it.”

Speaking about what went into the preparation of the film, the director shares, “Like I said, I don’t really watch this genre, and I never thought I would be venturing into it. So, actually, like a school kid, we used to sit and watch videos, read, and watch other films. The whole team would sit in a room, and we would actually try to study. It was almost like going back to school, trying to understand how these films are made, how the camera works, how the action works, how scenes work, and how emotions work. So, I told my team, ‘Let’s all sit, learn, and be sure that we know how to pull this off.’ Going back to school and feeling nervous before we hit the floor was a really good experience, and I wish I could do it again and again, in new genres, in new films, and always be challenged to see how I can pull them off.”

Presented by Jio Studios, Devgn Films and Panorama Studios, Shaitaan is produced by Ajay Devgn, Jyoti Deshpande, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak and directed by Vikas Bahl.

The film is set to release theatrically on 8th March 2024.

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