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‘Horror films genre is still niche’

Monday, May 02, 2016

Bollywood actor Sharman Joshi feels many mainstream actors in the industry stay away from starring in a horror film as it does not have the same pull as a romantic or a comedy movie

The "3 Idiots" star says the genre of horror films in India is still niche with not a very wide audience reach. "The mainstream actors are staying away from it, may be because the genre is still niche. The audience's numbers may not be that large as compared to what a romantic or a comedy film will attract," Sharman said.

The actor will be next seen in "1920 London", a horror film directed by Tinu Suresh Desai. Sharman said, "Vikram Bhatt (film director) first asked me if I wanted to do this genre. But here I was getting a chance to be part of a successful franchise, so why wouldn't I do it? In a genre like this, there is very little as an actor that you can do.''

The 36 year old actor, who had earlier acted in the horror comedy "Gang of Ghosts", feels the director plays a huge role when it comes to an out-and-out horror film as it can be often limiting for the actor. "The presence of a director is extremely strong in horror genre. As an actor, that leaves you with very limited reactions to the situations happening to your character. But in '1920 London', the script was so strong that it goes beyond just standing there and getting scared," he said.

The "Golmaal" actor plays an exorcist in the film which also stars Meera Chopra. "This character has had an emotional journey of his own. Personally, I do believe in ghosts, in energies. I think we humans create some energies which we cannot touch, but it happens because of some connections between our souls. To find that connect, is very freaky. I think spirits and their unfulfilled wishes also exist," Sharman added.

"1920 London" is scheduled to release on May 6.

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