I was blown away by Nushrratt Bharuccha’s recent horror release Chhorii, and especially by her performance in it. The actress bowled me over with her versatility and impactful portrayal of an eight-month pregnant woman named Sakshi, who is trapped in an unexpected situation paired with some paranormal activity. The film received widespread acclaim and now that appreciation has converted into some interesting development.

This morning the makers of Chhorii announced that the film has been greenlit for a sequel with Nushrratt continuing to be the face of the franchise as the leading lady. The sequel, tentatively titled Chhorii 2, is set to pick up Sakshi’s story from where it left off in the first film and will bring back some key characters as well as introduce new scares. Vishal Furia is returning to helm the film while Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vikram Malhotra, Jack Davis and Shikhaa Sharma would continue as producers. This film also marks the second venture of Psych, Abundantia Entertainment’s vertical focused on horror and paranormal stories.

Check out the announcement:

Announcing the sequel, director Vishal Furia says:

“I am thrilled to take the Chhorii story to the next level with its sequel. I have always envisioned Chhorii to be a multiple film franchise and started developing the story of the sequel while we were filming the first edition. The love for Chhorrii from all quarters has been overwhelming and I am ready to begin another journey with the amazingly talented Nushrratt and my producers who have stood by me and supported my vision all through.”

Nushrratt, who will return to play the role of Sakshi, added:

“I am over the moon with the amazing reactions and success that Chhorii has met with! Chhorii was a significant departure from the work I had previously been a part of and to see the risk being rewarded is such a great feeling. Chhorii is a passion project for all of us and I cannot wait to engage with Vishal and the team as we take the story forward with Chhorii 2.”

The Producers of Chhorii issued a joint statement, saying:

“The critical acclaim and fan love that Chhorii has received is a testament to our belief that the Indian audience has a strong appetite for high-quality scary content and we hope to continue serving them with more exciting and unique stories. We are also grateful to Amazon Prime Video for the platform that Chhorii received to showcase itself to the world. With Chhorii 2, we are delighted to continue the successful collaboration with Vishal at the helm and Nushrratt as our leading lady. We hope to take Chhorii 2 a notch higher and make it scarier than the first edition.”

The horror genre is something that Bollywood has struggled with to showcase well, but Chhorii kind of got through that and presented a film that was scary and heart-wrenching at the same time, and with a sequel in the works, I only expect the makers to take it even higher. Nushrratt reinvented herself with the film and I expect the sequel do greater things for her and I can’t wait to witness that.