A year ago, directors Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, and Karan Johar came together for Netflix’s anthology, Lust Stories

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And now it appears that Netflix is all set to make us scream again – only in horror this time. Because, the four directors are coming back for a new Netflix anthology, Ghost Stories. 

The four directors had first come together for the anthology film Bombay Talkies in 2013. The film won critical acclaim and was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. 


Five years later, the four recreated the same magic with Lust Stories, which released on Netflix. 


With their previous success – individually, and through anthologies – it’s fair to assume that Ghost Stories could be an interesting anthology. 

Additionally, this is the first time these four directors are venturing into the horror genre. And all four talked about the challenge of attempting something new.  

Zoya Akhtar stated that Netflix as a platform was very important to any creator who valued the story above everything else. 

Working with Netflix is a delight for any filmmaker whose story is sacrosanct. As a writer/ director, I thrive on bending genres and inverting tropes and I am so looking forward to attempting that with a ghost story.

In a statement, Karan Johar added that attempting to direct a movie in a genre he’s been personally mortified by, is actually exciting. 

I have always been mortified to watch the horror genre and have always stayed very far away from any ghost story! So to direct one is not only hugely challenging but also exceptionally exciting! Personally, it’s uncharted terrain and I couldn’t have chosen a better platform and a more eclectic collective to exhibit my fear of ghosts and ghost stories! This one’s going to be a nightmare for this dream team!”
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Dibakar Banerjee also added that horror is one of those genres that allows for greater experimentation. 

Horror as a genre has incredible room to experiment and explore. Ghost Stories is my attempt to do that, and it’s great to have a partner in Netflix with whom I have the freedom to tell the story as envisioned. Ultimately we are entertainers, and there’s nothing like a spine-chilling story scaring the devil out of us while we’re safely tucked in our sofa munching fries hugging a warm body. 
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Anurag Kashyap, who has had multiple collaborations with Netflix, talked about how this was the project he’d prepared the most for. 

I am really looking forward to challenging myself to make something that I have never attempted before. Also, I have never prepared so much for anything before.
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All four directors have an extremely diverse filmography. And to watch a genre like horror, explored in varied tones, has us screaming in excitement for now. Hopefully, the end result would have us screaming for an entirely different reason.