From the time that it dropped its trailer in early November 2021, ‘Chhorii’ caught on to the imagination of horror fans all over the world and the film’s release on 26th November took the excitement to another level. Hailed as a genre-defining Indian horror film, ‘Chhorii’ earned unprecedented critical acclaim and audience love and traveled universally with its premiere on Amazon Prime Video. According to a report by an independent media consultant, it was the number one viewed film across all streaming platforms in the week of its release* in India. ‘Chhorii’ was labelled as ‘A mirror to society’, ‘spectacular’, ‘complex and intricate’ ‘not for the faint-hearted’ and ‘top-notch’ in multiple accolades that came the way of the film as well as for the stunning performance of Nushratt Bharucccha who essayed the role of ‘Sakshi’, a pregnant woman caught in the heart of terror as she attempts to save her unborn child from the monsters that exist in the normal and the paranormal world.
Directed by Vishal Furia, who also helmed the original Marathi film ‘Lapachappi’ on which ‘Chhorrii’ was based, stamped his authority on the genre with ‘Chhorii’. Buoyed by the success and love for ‘Chhorii’, the makers have decided to take the story franchise forward and showcase the next chapter to its fans.
The sequel, tentatively titled ‘Chhorii 2’, is set to pick up Sakshi’s story from where it left off in the first film and will bring back some key characters as well as introduce new scares, promising to be even more terrifying than the first edition. Vishal Furia returns to directing duties for ‘Chhorii 2’ as does Nushrratt Bharuccha in the lead. Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vikram Malhotra, Jack Davis and Shikhaa Sharma continue as Producers.
This film also marks a step forward in Abundantia Entertainment and LA-based Crypt TVs collaboration to create platform-agnostic, and genre-defying horror stories and will also be the second venture of Psych, Abundantia Entertainment’s vertical focused on horror and paranormal stories.
‘Chhorii 2’ is also set to be another successful outing between T-Series and Abundantia Entertainment following films like ‘Airlift’ (2016), ‘Sherni’ (2021) and ‘Chhorii’ (2021).
Announcing the sequel, Director Vishal Furia says, “I am thrilled to take the Chhorii story to the next level with its sequel. I have always envisioned Chhorii to be a multiple film franchise and started developing the story of the sequel while we were filming the first edition. The love for Chhorrii from all quarters has been overwhelming and I am ready to begin another journey with the amazingly talented Nushrratt and my producers who have stood by me and supported my vision all through”.
Nushrratt Bharuccha who will return to play the role of the protagonist, ‘Sakshi’ added, “I am over the moon with the amazing reactions and success that Chhorii has met with! Chhorii was a significant departure from the work I had previously been a part of and to see the risk being rewarded is such a great feeling. Chhorii is a passion project for all of us and I cannot wait to engage with Vishal and the team as we take the story forward with Chhorii 2.”
The Producers of ‘Chhorii’ issued a joint statement announcing ‘Chhorii 2’, “The critical acclaim and fan love that Chhorii has received is a testament to our belief that the Indian audience has a strong appetite for high-quality scary content and we hope to continue serving them with more exciting and unique stories. We are also grateful to Amazon Prime Video for the platform that Chhorii received to showcase itself to the world. With Chhorii 2, we are delighted to continue the successful collaboration with Vishal at the helm and Nushrratt as our leading lady. We hope to take Chhorii 2 a notch higher and make it scarier than the first edition.”
*Data based on most-viewed shows and movies from the Indian streaming space during the week of November 29th, 2021 – December 5th, 2021.