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First look: Vicky Kaushal is trapped in Dharma's Bhoot Part One – The Haunted Ship

The film marks the first foray of Dharma Productions into the horror genre.

Shriram Iyengar

Vicky Kaushal takes the lead in writer Bhanu Pratap Singh's directorial debut, Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship. The film marks Dharma Productions' first full-blown foray into the horror genre. The studio will back the film alongside Shashank Khaitan.

The first look of the film features Kaushal's screaming visage peeking out of a broken ship window, as a grimy hand claws his face. 

The film will also feature Bhumi Pednekar in a role opposite Kaushal. Written by Bhanu Pratap Singh, the concept was developed further with the help of Shashank Khaitan, a batchmate of Singh, before Dharma Productions was approached. 

The newspaper DNA quoted Khaitan as saying, "Karan [Johar] loved it. Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship is based on a true incident that took place in Mumbai. The shooting is complete. The post-production is underway and the film will open in cinemas on 15 November this year." 

The film is based on a haunted ship with the crew trapped within. Initially scripted to be a series, the film will be driven by on-set special effects and visual effects (VFX). It also marks the first thriller/horror film from Dharma Productions since Kaal (2005).

Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship is due to be released on 15 November, with part two to follow next year.