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MUMBAI:Bollywood is branching out from its traditional song-and-dance dramas and slapstick comedies with its first zombie films which filmmakers hope will entice younger crowds back to Indian films from Hollywood's living dead.

Few horror films are made in Bollywood and those that do make it to the big screen tend to focus on ghosts and the after-life, which are common themes in Hindu mythology.

But this year, as Indian cinema celebrates 100 years, three zombie films made in Hindi are slated for release, hoping to compete with blockbuster U.S zombie movies such as “Warm Bodies” and “World War Z”.

Directors Luke Kenny and Devaki Singh will release the first of the three Hindi films, “Rise of the Zombie”, on April 5, and hope twinning zombies with Indian filmmaking will appeal to younger audiences.

“We've been wanting to make something like this within the Hindi film industry set-up and we realized that within the horror film genre nobody has ever touched the zombie genre,” Kenny, who also stars in the film, told Reuters.

“Prepare to witness the ultimate human fear”, proclaims the film's trailer, which shows photographer Neil Parker in the jungle fighting off a swarm of insects before transforming, writhing and screaming, into a blood-splattered zombie.

Kenny, who has worked as content head at a music channel and directed one previous film, a movie called “13th Floor”, said part of the challenge was to educate Indian audiences about the living dead as the country has no zombie folklore.

But he said they managed not to “dumb down” the film, the first of a planned trilogy, since the main target audience is aged 18 to 25, a group likely to know about Hollywood zombies.

Other challenges were to make the film as realistic as possible, despite severe budget limitations, and to give it international appeal.

Comments (3) Closed

Apr 06, 2013 06:46am
Watching movies especially in cinema house is just wasting of monies and times. With our efforts some of the film actors are charging higher rates for their acting by the producers and that definitely becomes the burden of the general people charging higher rates by the cinema houses as well as entertainment taxes to the government. So we must stop watching films in cinema houses to discourage these uneconomical investments.
Apr 07, 2013 04:11am
"To focus on ghosts and the after-life, which are common themes in Hindu mythology" It has nothing to do with mythology as Hindu scriptures believe in re-birth and don't entertain ghost stories as it could be entertained in semantic religion cultures. Once you die you are bound to enter another body as per your karma so there is no question of wandering souls who can haunt.
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune.
Apr 07, 2013 05:26am
That's why your Pak film industry has sunk. Because your such kind of perception about the Movies. Movies are just entertained us and those people entertained us we have to pay them in terms of Money. That's it, why do you become so complicate about such small subject.