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Sahil Singhania is a novelist with a successful career in the past. Due to marital issues with his wife, Anu Singhania, Sahil is struggling to write his new novel. To start afresh, the couple decide to move in to an old house. As they settle in, strange and mysterious events start happening. The distance between the two begins to grow even more as they can never cope with their failing marriage. To make things worse, Sahil gets tangled in the mysteries of the house. He has a face-off with Kaaya. Who is Kaaya? What does she want from him? Sahil and his family's life is about to change forever.

  • Akshay Prem Vyas
  • Akshay Prem Vyas
  • Flying Swann Films
  • Alaap Dipesh Desai
  • Shekhar Hemnani
  • Sujay Ramiah
  • Evyatar Ram
  • Aaron Dunn
    Color Grading
  • Ashley Green
  • Jester Augustin
    Mixing Engineer
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    1 hour 24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2017
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Akshay Prem Vyas

Akshay Prem Vyas turns first time feature filmmaker with Kaaya. Akshay originally hails from India and he grew up listening to dramatic real-life stories from his grandmother of India-Pakistan separation in 1948 after India became an independent nation. The human drama, turmoil and changing relationships between people fascinated Akshay. As a young creative individual, Akshay started to write plays and won several awards in drama for direction in his growing up years.

After completing Engineering in Electronics in 2004, in year 2005 Akshay moved to United States of America to pursue higher education. Film making was Akshay's first love and while studying for his Masters in San Jose State University, he started to learn film making. Between 2005 and 2013, Akshay made several short films and music videos that were screened in Northern California film festivals.

In 2013 Akshay started to write his first full length feature film script - Kaaya. Between 2015 and 2016, Akshay finished his first feature film Kaaya. Writer/Director M. Night Shaymalan is Akshay's inspiration for movies. He is intrigued by his ability to tell simple stories in the most poignant, compelling & suspenseful ways.

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Director Statement

Kaaya is primarily a story about a family and the turmoil in their relationships when they move in to an old house. It is a supernatural thriller with horror elements weaved in at regular intervals. The film has a beautiful father-daughter relationship, a subtle layer of romance, and lot of suspenseful moments. The USP of Kaaya is the manner in which the screenplay has been structured with various revelations that happen at regular intervals to meet the goal of keeping the audience entertained and on the hook.

Writer/Director M. Night Shaymalan is my inspiration for movies. I am intrigued by his ability to tell simple stories in the most poignant, compelling & suspenseful ways.

~Akshay Prem Vyas