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Trailer and poster premiere for religious-horror Fantasia premiere “KRIYA”

Thursday, July 30, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Family traditions take a terrifying turn in a supernatural saga set to terrify the Fantasia International Film Festival.

KRIYA is the first horror venture for acclaimed Indian filmmaker Sidharth Srinivasan, confronting Hindu rituals and the oppression of women. Co-produced by Andy Starke (IN FABRIC) and Pete Tombs (FREE FIRE), the film features a score by Jim Williams (POSSESSOR, RAW) and stars Navjot Randhawa, Noble Luke, Avantika Akerkar, Sudhanva Deshpande, Anuradha Majumdar and Kanak Bhardwaj.

The synopsis: “DJ Neel [Luke] encounters the ravishing Sitara [Randhawa] while working a club set one night and is transfixed by her. They return to Sitara’s place where Neel is horrified to see the gagged and shackled body of her dying father–Sitara’s grieving family keeping vigil around it. Caught completely unawares, Neel’s compassion is nevertheless aroused and he stays on. In India, patriarchal custom dictates that only a son can perform a parent’s last rites, but no such person exists in Sitara’s family. So when her father actually dies during the course of the night, Sitara coerces Neel to officiate the rituals of death. Thrust into a world of magic and transgression, Neel finally attempts to flee his waking nightmare. But as dawn breaks, it becomes evident that Sitara’s family is afflicted by an ancient curse. One that Neel is now very much a part of.”

The 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival runs digitally August 20-September 2; for more info, visit the official website

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.