Gulshan Devaiah: Crime thrillers, black comedies becoming popular

Updated: 10 October, 2020 07:18 IST | Uma Ramasubramanian | Mumbai

Headlining murder mystery Footfairy, Gulshan Devaiah on how OTT platforms have given a boost to lesser-explored genres.

Gulshan Devaiah
Gulshan Devaiah

Having kicked off the year with Dibakar Banerjee's short film in Netflix's Ghost Stories, Gulshan Devaiah is set to follow it up with another offbeat movie, Footfairy. The &Pictures original, which traces the cat-and-mouse chase between a CBI officer and a serial killer with an absurd fetish, is slated for a direct-to-home release and will subsequently release digitally. The actor acknowledges that the advent of OTT platforms has given a new lease of life to small films that are high on concept. "I have always made unconventional choices in my career. [Earlier], certain genres used to not fare well upon their theatrical release. Now that OTT platforms have come into play, lesser-explored genres such as crime thrillers and black comedies are becoming popular," he says.

The psychological thriller has been helmed by debutant director Kanishk Varma. Noting that murder mystery is a difficult genre to crack, Devaiah heaps praise on Varma for attempting it in his first outing. "It is not easy to keep the audience engaged and make them second-guess. The script was sharply written for a first-time filmmaker; it didn't have a single loophole. Kanishk is a bright filmmaker who wants to make a good product."

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First Published: 10 October, 2020 07:09 IST

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