Kakuda poster. Photo courtesy: Screengrab from YouTube

Streaming platform ZEE5 Global will foray into the horror-comedy genre with the upcoming original film, Kakuda. Produced by RSVP and directed by Aditya Sarpotdar, this film stars the trio of Riteish Deshmukh, Sonakshi Sinha, and Saqib Saleem. Kakuda will soon premiere on ZEE5 Global in Hindi.

Kakuda poster. Photo courtesy: Screengrab from YouTube

The plot is set in the village of Ratodi in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district. While Ratodi seems like any other village, it isn’t because of the curse inflicted upon it for years. Every house in the district has two similar looking doors, one that is normal size and one which is smaller than the other. The film revolves around a peculiar ritual that demands the opening of the smaller door of each house every Tuesday at 7:15 PM sharp. Failure to comply with this rule invites the wrath of Kakuda, who punishes the man of the house. But who is Kakuda and why does he punish the men in the village? How will the villagers get rid of the curse? Beware! Ab Mard Khatre Me Hai! (Beware! Men are in danger now!).

Based in the heartland, Kakuda is a horror comedy that will keep the audience intrigued, entertained and engrossed through its narrative.

Taking about his film, director Aditya Sarpotdar said, “As a filmmaker and a fan of the horror-comedy genre, I find it incredibly fascinating to explore the delicate balance between fear and laughter. It’s a challenging task to make viewers simultaneously scared and amused, but with Kakuda, I am confident that we have hit the right chord yet again.”

Sarpotdar spoke about his experience of working with the trio, stating that he was “thrilled” as they “supported the narrative brilliantly by adding humour and emotions to the story”.

“Their spotless comic timing and the way they portray genuine emotions have made my job as a director much easier. Together, we have crafted a unique and engaging story that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating every twist and turn,” he said.

The director also promised a rollercoaster ride of emotions for Kakuda viewers.

Producer Ronnie Screwvala said he’s thrilled to partner with ZEE5 Global. “We are confident that ‘Kakuda’ will resonate with Indian audiences, given the exciting genre and our partnership with ZEE5 Global ensures that this story reaches millions of viewers, from the comfort of their homes,” he said.

Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer at ZEE5 Global, stated, “At ZEE5 Global, we understand the importance of staying ahead of the curve. That’s why we’re constantly innovating by catering to the evolving tastes of our South Asian audience worldwide. The rising popularity of horror comedies is a trend we’re actively embracing. By offering films like Kakuda, featuring talented actors like Riteish Deshmukh and Sonakshi Sinha, we’re not only providing our viewers with a unique blend of genres, but also strategically positioning local stories for global success.”