Mumbai, 26th April 2023: Amazon miniTV recently premiered their short thriller-horror movie, The Haunting. Directed by Tanveer Bookwala, the short film creates a palpable dread, gradually engulfing the audience in its spine-chilling narrative.
Talking about an all-female cast, Director Tanveer Bookwala opened up about the process and his thoughts behind roping in Gul Panag, Erica Fernades and Prakruti Mishra. He said, “Hard to pick favourites. All three women put their heart and soul into the project, shooting long hours without complaining and giving me many interesting inputs into their characters. It all made the film what it is. If I had to pick, I would choose Erica. Not comparing the other two, but simply because she surprised me. We are unfair to actors that come from TV and associate them with a certain, LOUD key of acting. It is wrong. Some of them deliver on both substance and subtlety if directed well. In the past, actors like Riddhi Dogra, Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani have also proven this with their shows. Erica, I had only seen it on TV, and she blew my mind with her performance. I mean, this business is so brutal, right? And it’s so difficult, especially for actors, to get work. I feel we need to put in that extra effort and live each other up and battle perception.”
The director of The Haunting further listed the challenges encountered while making the gripping horror film. Tanveer said, “Time. The one thing that every creator struggles with. Good horror takes time. Treatment needs resources. Between makeup, prosthetics, on-camera effects and the ticking clock of commerce, it is difficult to make effective and impactful horror. However, we’ve done well and welcomed the challenges with demonic drum rolls.”
The horror film ‘The Haunting’ is streaming live on Amazon miniTV exclusively for free, accessible with the click-of-a-button on Amazon’s shopping app, Fire TV, and desktop.