Tue, 18 Nov 2008 15:03:34 GMT

Ram Gopal Varma's next is 'Agyaat'


Ram Gopal Varma's next is 'Agyaat'

Move over 'Bhoot' and 'Phoonk'. Ram Gopal Varma's 'Agyaat' is here. Ramu's next film entitled 'Agyaat' would be something he has never a done before. A film about an invisible predator creating havoc among a group of people in an isolated spot.

An old Hollywood formula. "But never done properly in Hindi cinema. Something like the 'Poseidon Adventure' or 'The Towering Inferno'. These were about natural calamities striking a group of people. Mine would've a far less identifiable enemy, attacking a film crew on an exotic island," informs Ramu, as he divulges that his media film 'Rann' has been shifted to January 2009.

The film written by two Varma discoveries Punet Varma and Hari will be shot by a debutant cinematographer Surjo. It will be shot in Sri Lanka from next month. "The media film 'Rann', I'm starting at the end of January 2009. 'Agyaat', I'll shoot in the Sigria jungles of Sri Lanka. I recently went location hunting there. It was a stunning stretch of wilderness. I've never seen anything so frightening in my life. All the principal photography will be done in Sigria in 35 days. Then the special effects will be done in Mumbai. My 'Phoonk' had very hastily done special-effects. 'Agyaat' will be a first of its kind in terms of effects. In fact, 'Agyaat' is being made primarily for the special effects."

Says Ramu, "It's about a film crew that loses its way in the jungles. And something out there starts killing them one by one. Why a film crew? Because it's like a walking office. There's a narcissistic star, a subservient spotboy, cameraman, a frustrated action director, an assistant director who has a crush on the heroine, a self obsessed actor, a producer who thinks the director is making a mess and a director who thinks he's the Steven Spielberg of India. All of them have their own mindscape in the given hierarchy. But the moment they're caught in terror situation their inherent humanism comes to the surface."

Ramu wants to tailor the plot like a reality show. "When you see 'Bigg Boss', you see a group of people in an isolated place coping as best as they can. We see their rapidly-changing inter-personal relationship. In my film the same happens. I'm shooting them in real time with characters whom we can identify with, like the hero who turns out to be a sissy. Can't cast an established actor there, can I?"

Ramu is casting largely newcomers. "Because I don't want the audiences to watch these characters with pre-conceived notions."

Source: Bollywood Hungama


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