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Dahaad makers Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti: We watch crime thrillers incessantly

Starring Sonakshi Sinha, Vijay Varma and Gulshan Devaiah, Dahaad is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Dahaad makers Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti: We watch crime thrillers incessantly
Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti

Last Updated: 12.55 PM, May 14, 2023


Basking in the success of Amazon Prime Video’s Dahaad - starring Sonakshi Sinha, Vijay Varma and Gulshan Devaiah - one of Bollywood’s most acclaimed filmmaker duo Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti have once again proven their genius. Over the years, they have together created several critically acclaimed as well as blockbuster films and series - including Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, Gully Boy, Dil Dhadakne Do and Made in Heaven


Speaking about her collaborative process of filmmaking with Zoya, Reema told PTI, “One of us would get enamoured by just a line or idea, and then we start talking about it. We research and spend a lot of time building the story, before we get into the screenplay. So, that is the time when you build the world. I guess we are like a well-oiled machine now.” Meanwhile, the director duo are also working on their upcoming film, The Archies. A musical adaptation of the popular Archie Comics series, the film stars Khushi Kapoor, Suhana Khan, Vedang Raina and Agastya Nanda. 

Reema made her directorial debut with the 2007 film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, which was co-produced by Zoya. Together, they also founded the Tiger Baby Films production house in 2015. “Dahaad is our second outing with a crime thriller after Talaash (2012), and we are very excited about it because it’s got its own tone and it’s layered. It says a lot of things about women that we want to touch upon,” Zoya said at the trailer launch of Dahaad recently. 

Clearly fans of crime drama shows, Zoya had said both Reema and her are keen on further exploring the genre as storytellers. “It’s a genre that we both like and watch incessantly. So, when you start talking about something that we have seen or read, you are like, ‘This would be interesting, it will be a great show’. Basically, it starts because we are viewers, and we then become creators because you want to make what you like to see,” she elaborated.

The story of Dahaad is set in a small town in Rajasthan. The eight-episode crime thriller follows the journey of sub-inspector Anjali Bhaati (Sonakshi) and her colleagues (including Gulshan) investigating a case of several women mysteriously found dead in public bathrooms.

Adding to what led to the creation of Dahaad - which was directed by Reema and Ruchika Oberoi - Zoya said, “Serial killers are scary, but they are fascinating as a viewer to watch. It just happens that these stories intrigue you. It is human nature, you feel intrigued to read what happened and who did it.”

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