'Pihu' is the new Netflix film described as 'every parent's worst nightmare'

'Pihu' is the new Netflix film described as 'every parent's worst nightmare'

There are plenty of terrifying films out there, and a number of them have found their way on to top streaming service, Netflix.

Whether they rely on gore and violence or tension and suspense, they all have the same goal in mind - to scare the bejeezus out of you.

But very few of them - in fact, just one of them - centre around a two-year-old as the main lead. Pihu is that one film. Dubbed a 'social thriller' by the film's director, Vinod Kapri, the movie really is one of a kind.

Take a look at the trailer for the distressing movie:

"It is not a horror movie, but it is scary and they may not be able to watch it. It is not for the faint-hearted," Kapri told Filmibeat.com.

At the centre of the flick is two-year-old Pihu, played by Myra Vishwakarma.

The toddler is forced to fend for herself in a danger-ridden apartment in a high-rise building when her mother - the only other person at home - won't wake up despite the little girl's efforts.

"I could have told the story from a parent's perspective, but I chose to tell it from Pihu's point of view," the journalist-turned-filmmaker told the National. "It was not easy because I cannot make a child act. I had cameras all over the place and let her act in daily life. I spent two months with her, just becoming part of the family."

pihu Credit: Netflix

In what ended up being a moving yet petrifying film, the vulnerable toddler is forced to navigate her own home - entirely alone - while avoiding potential death traps.

We learn that the iron has been left on, see how Pihu shuts herself in the fridge and smashes several glass bottles in the process of freeing herself, and watch the little girl lean over the balcony to peek at the doll she has just dropped - all clear causes for alarm.

Many of those who have already seen the thriller have since taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the flick:

As part of the filming process, the crew stayed in the flat of young Vishwakarma for two weeks, when the toddler was just two years and five months old.

Kapri continued: "I met Myra when she was one year, 10 months. I spent a lot of time just befriending her. When the crew came over, we introduced each member as paternal uncle, maternal aunt ... relations that she would recognise as her own. Everything used on the sets – right from the home to her own clothes and toys, even the furniture like water heater, etc is from the Vishwakarma household."

The movie is based on a true story about a child in New Delhi who was left home alone after her parents tragically passed away.

It is currently available to stream on Netflix.