Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh starrer Kakuda based on a ‘peculiar’ ritual in UP

The horror-comedy, also starring Saqib Saleem, is helmed by Munjya director Aditya Sarpotdar
Riteish Deshmukh, Sonakshi Sinha, Saqib Saleem and Aditya Sarpotdar (left) and a poster from Kakuda
Riteish Deshmukh, Sonakshi Sinha, Saqib Saleem and Aditya Sarpotdar (left) and a poster from Kakuda

Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh and Saqib Saleem starrer horror-comedy film Kakuda was officially announced by the makers on Tuesday. The film, helmed by Zombivli (2022) and Munjya (2024) fame director Aditya Sarpotdar, will soon premiere on ZEE5.

As per a press release shared by the makers, the film’s synopsis reads: “Kakuda 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…Why does he punish the men in the village? How will the villagers get rid of the curse?”

ZEE5 shared an animated announcement video on their social media, which shows a clock striking 7.15 p.m. Then two doors are shown, one smaller than the other. The small door opens and two ghostly legs dangle on the other side.

Talking about the project, Aditya 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.”

The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala.

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