From New Dehli filmmaker Sidharth Srinivasan (Soul of Sand), Kriya has debuted its first trailer and poster—and this one looks utterly fascinating.
The film follows DJ Neel, who encounters the ravishing Sitara while working a club set one night. Transfixed by her, Neel returns to Sitara’s place, where he is horrified to see the gagged and shackled body of her dying father, the grieving family keeping vigil around him. 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…
Co-produced by Andy Starke (In Fabric) and Pete Tombs (Free Fire), Kriya was both written and directed by Srinivasan and features a score by Jim Williams (Possessor, Raw). The film will have its world premiere at this year’s (virtual) Fantasia International Film Festival.
Light a candle and watch the trailer below.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)