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While a lot of comparisons are being drawn between Saif Ali Khan’s 2012 release Agent Vinod and his upcoming film Phantom, the Nawab says that though both the films belong to the same genre, there is no similarity whatsoever between them.
When asked how different are the two films from each other, Khan said, “Agent Vinod was trying to be a little bit like Bond type entertaining, larger than life character, this is more of a drama, this is more real. I think today even in a Bond film you need to have a realistic plot. People want to know about Middle East, they want to know about ISIS, they want to know about these fanatical groups doing these things. Today’s villains kind of famously are terrorists but not just generic terrorists you want to be specific, you want to give facts about them, where they are from, how it’s done, what the whole thing is and in that background you try and make a fun story. This is also an action adventure but it is not like Agent Vinod.”
Directed by Kabir Khan, the film also stars Katrina Kaif and is slated to release on August 28.
Filmmaker Sriram Raghavan says he plans to make yet another thriller film with actor Saif Ali Khan.
Sriram made his directorial debut in 2004 with “Ek Hasina Thi”, a thriller which had Saif in the lead and then he cast him again in a spy thriller film “Agent Vinod” (2012). “We have a team of writers and we are working on something with Saif. It is too early to talk about it. The last film ‘Agent Vinod’ that I did with him did not do that well so I owe it to him,” Sriram said.
The “Johnny Gaddar” helmer is known for making taut thrillers loaded with action, anger and romance. “There are so many things to do in thriller space. I will stick to that genre (with Saif) but there are other things to explore with thrills,” Sriram said.
Sriram and Saif bond very well and the “Badlapur” director thinks Saif, who is going through a bad phase professionally will bounce back soon. “I think he is a fantastic actor. He has had a bad spell of movies but that shouldn’t hold him down. Every actor, director everybody goes through ups and downs. It’s ok… He will shine,” he said.
Last few films of Saif including “Bullet Raja”, “Humshakals” and “Happy Ending” had failed to create magic at the box office. The 44-year-old actor will be seen next in Kabir Khan’s “Phantom” and Vishal Bharadwaj’s “Rangoon”.
Known for his dark thrillers like Badlapur and Johnny Gaddaar, director Sriram Raghavan says he is open to experiment with different genres, except comedy.
“I will definitely try to do movies of different genres.I should get a story like that. My inclination is towards thrillers but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love other kind of movies,” Raghavan told PTI on the sidelines of the 6th Jagran Film Festival, which came to a close last night here.
Raghavan, who made his directorial debut in 2004 with neo-noir thriller Ek Hasina Thi, starring Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar, said he can try other genres except “big budget” comedies.
“I would love doing other genres, except comedy. I cannot do an out-an-out comedy. I don’t think I can do the big budget comedy films.”
The filmmaker, however, believes that using dark humour in thrillers helps the viewers to engage better with the narrative.
“Humour (in thrillers) helps the viewers to be engaged constantly, otherwise the film will become too grim.”
Raghavan, who teamed with Saif for the 2012 action-spy film Agent Vinod, which was made on a big budget, believes big films comes with bigger restrictions.
“I went bigger (in terms of budget) with Agent Vinod, but it didn’t work. The more you go big, the more you try to accommodate everything. A big movie comes with a lot of restrictions which you impose upon yourself.
“For that kind of cost you also need the freedom to tell the story the way you want to tell. The story should be given importance and then big and small budget can be talked about.
A big films comes with a bigger risk which you have to accept,” the director said.
Raghavan said he wants to make films without the “dangerous pressure” of pleasing the critics and box office numbers.
“I want to just forget about it and try and be as pure as I can and not think about either box office or critics.”
The director, however, said that it is a great time for filmmakers as their risks are paying off and experimental content is getting a thumbs up from the audience.
“It is definitely a great time for filmmakers. The audience’ response for different movies has been terrific this year. From Dum Laga Ke Haisha to Piku, these are all content-driven movies. A good story will attract big stars. And the result is evident,” he said.
Raghavan revealed that he is currently working on two-three scripts.
“I have a few stories in mind but I am not sure which of them will take off first,” the director said.
Kamal Haasan is currently planning his Bollywood comeback. He is gearing up for a big Bollywood comeback with a film titled Amar Hain which he will not just act in but also direct. Buzz is, Saif Ali Khan has been approached to play the parallel lead.
Confirming this, Haasan said that he has been working on this project for almost six years and some of his friends in Mumbai, like Sriram Raghavan, were aware of the script. “I put it aside because of prior commitments and strangely, even when I wrote it around six years ago, I was only thinking of Saif Ali Khan,“ he asserts.
The actor-filmmaker points out that in an ensemble cast film, it isn’t about who is playing the hero or who has the bigger part. “It’s the might of many actors which makes a film work. Saif has an important and equal role. His character is the good man so he is the hero of the film,“ says Haasan.
He admits that he has several other actors in mind too but refuses to divulge names. He simply says that the producers have given him a free hand.
Sriram Raghavan, who helmed Saif Ali Khan-starrer ‘Agent Vinod’, says the length of the spy thriller worked against it.
“I think the main length of the movie was long. We tried to make it like a Bond film (James Bond film franchise). I feel bad that I lost the chance that I had got. I will try to make this kind of film again,” he said.
“Agent Vinod”, which also featured Kareena Kapoor, was released in 2012 and didn’t do well at the box office.
Raghavan, who is currently busy promoting his intense revenge drama ‘Badlapur’ featuring Varun Dhawan, Huma Qureshi and Yami Gautam, also said that making a Tamil and a Marathi film is on his priority list.
“I am a Tamilian but I have lived in Mumbai and Pune so I’m more of a Maharashtrian. Hence, I want to make one Tamil and a Marathi film just for my own satisfaction,” he said.