Kasab’s death lends happy ending to RGV’s film
Ram Gopal Varma, who is making a film on the 26/ 11 attacks, has decided to end his film with Kasab’s execution
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; November 25, 2012)
When Ram Gopal Varma heard of Ajmal Kasab’s hanging on Wednesday morning, he knew he had found a happy ending for his film, The Attacks of 26/11.
“Varma had planned to end the film with Kasab in jail, serving his death sentence. But now the film ends with a truly happy ending — something Bollywood audiences love — that of the hanging of Kasab,” a source close to the director revealed.
“It is hard for films made on real-life incidents to have a final closure. It is usually an ongoing process. Kasab was the most identifiable person in the attack and his hanging has definitely given the story proper closure,” Varma said, on being asked about the changes to the film.
“The story is about the night of 26/ 11 and its investigation. Over the past year, there was no progress so I would have shown him in jail. Now I will definitely add his execution part and that is how the film will end. It will be add to the cost, of course,” he added.
Apparently, Varma called the film’s producer Parag Sanghvi as soon as he found out about Kasab’s execution. While the good news was that he had found a happy ending for their film, the bad news was that the cost of the film would escalate. The film is going to be an expensive one in any case. The crew has been denied permissions to shoot at most locations, which will have to be recreated on set.
The film will be made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu at a budget exceeding $ 5 million.
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, with Kasab’s hanging, has gotten a perfect, but unexpected ending to his upcoming film
Jayoti Soor (DNA; November 25, 2012)
In a strange twist of fate, two personalities who have inspired Ram Gopal Varma to base his movies on are no more. One died a hero’s death, while the other a villain’s, typifying the age-old adage that reality is indeed stranger than fiction!
RGV confesses that many of the dialogues from both Sarkar and Sarkar Raj are actually late Bal Thackeray’s lines and says, “Balasaheb is synonymous with Mumbai and finally with Kasab’s hanging, the city seems to have gotten its vindication. But there are plotters and masterminds who are responsible for Kasab becoming a mass-murderer. My attempt would be to delve deeper into what led to the 26/11 attacks rather than what happened, through my film,” he says and elaborates how he has gone about trying to do that. “We all think that a bad man is a mad man! We all have different facets as humans. In my film, there is a shot where Kasab is looking at the seagulls with a kiddish joy, where in contrast you cannot fathom that later, he will go on a killing spree.”
Facing a lot of flak for visiting the Taj right after the attacks of 26/11, RGV clarifies that he went out of curiosity to witness the crime scene of what was an unprecedented event. The trigger point to make the film came much later when he met his friend Rakesh Maria — who during the time of attacks was the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) — with whom he had worked on his earlier films like Company. “When I asked him what he was doing during the time of attacks, his answer was, ‘I was taking a shower’. This just goes to show the lull before the storm. Then, I met the owner of Leopold Cafe and other victims and realised that this was a story waiting to be told.”
Ask him whether Kasab’s hanging had provided him with the perfect ending and he retorts, “It is realistic cinema and not plot-oriented. Fate has handed me the perfect ending but it has even taken me by surprise!”