The Black Cat is an official adaptation of a short story by the celebrated Indian author, Ruskin Bond. It is a fantasy genre film – a genre which is not often explored in Indian cinema.
Shot at a beautiful colonial property near Nainital in Uttarakhand, which was built in the late 1880s by the British, the film features veteran actor, Tom Alter as Ruskin Bond and Shernaz Patel as Miss Bellows and a black cat in the titular role. The films’ visual effects have been done by Phantom-FX in Chennai who were also responsible for the VFX of major parts of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. The director and producer of The Black Cat is none other than Bhargav Saikia. A talented filmmaker from Assam based in Mumbai.
FilmQuest is one of the top festivals in the USA for genre cinema (fantasy, sci-fi, horror). It has been featured consistently in Moviemaker Magazine’s Top Film Festivals in the US. The film has been nominated for the Best Fantasy Short Film Award at the festival.
The film will also be screened at the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival in the Indian Competition section, Signs Festival in Kochi in the Fiction Competition section and McMinnville Short Film Festival in Oregon, USA in September. It will have a special screening at the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival in Guwahati, Assam on 17th September.