Ram Gopal Varma is at it again, and this time it looks like he may finally have come to his senses. RGV has been talking about a film dramatizing the horrible terrorist attack on Mumbai on November 11, 2008. As was to be expected, the film was, and still is, a very controversial project, which is something that RGV is very used to. I expect plenty of protest and possibly a few legal injunctions to be placed before it actually hits screens, but we have the first few bits of footage here, and they look surprisingly good.
The last few years of RGV's career have been very rocky for the once-great auteur. He's been grasping for the kind of critical and box office success of his early gangster epics like Company
for quite a while now. Unfortunately, his last few features have been complete, unmitigated disasters. His last feature, May's Department
, was so awful and such a flop that the word was that funding for the 11/26 project had evaporated. However, thankfully it looks like that wasn't entirely the case.
RGV's experimental nature has been a source of great excitement and consternation among the Indian film crowd. His film Dongala Mutha
was shot in 4.5 days and went concept to big screen in 28 days back in 2011. He learned to love shooting on DSLRs during that film, and it unfortunately bled over into his bigger budget work with Department
. The latter film featured big Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, but looked and felt like a student film, which really disappointed a lot of people. There are no big names in The Attacks of 26/11
yet, but I do see one of India's finest character actors, Nana Patekar in the early footage, so that makes me hopeful.
Overall, the look of this eight minutes has me hopeful. The Attacks of 26/11
looks like an actual film and not an experiment, so let's hope RGV can spread that out over an entire film. Wikipedia says the film is due out in December, but that seems unlikely at the current moment. I'm actually looking forward to a Ram Gopal Varma film rather than dreading it. Huzzah!
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