Archive for Sriram Raghavan

TOUGH CALL: When Sriram Raghavan shot with Urmila Matondkar, Saif Ali Khan and a bunch of rats for Ek Hasina Thi

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on September 6, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

Fifteen years since its release, my debut film Ek Hasina Thi is still remembered for its horrific rats. Interestingly, they were not a part of the initial script. In the first act—the initial 45 minutes—Saif’s (Ali Khan) character, Karan Singh Rathod, comes across as a classy guy, a suave, rich businessman, even though one is unsure about what he does.

It was while brainstorming with RGV (producer Ram Gopal Varma) on how to establish that Karan is a gangster with underworld links, that we recalled a scene from The Godfather, Part 3, where Andy Garcia and his girfriend were in bed when a gangster surprises her in the kitchen. In our film, Urmila’s (Matondkar) character Sarika is surprised not by a man but a mouse in the kitchen. Her scream brings Karan running, but he later scoffs at her for being frightened of a mouse which has since fled.

The scene brought thrills and some laughs and helped establish that Sarika is terrified of rats till she is thrown into prison for a crime she is tricked into confessing to having committed. Behind bars, she encounters not just bullies and weirdoes, but also looks her fear straight in the eye. When she smashes a plate on one of the rats, you know her ordeal has empowered her. And that was the perfect interval point.

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Will Saif Ali Khan be part of Sriram Raghavan’s next – ‘Ekkis’ ?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on August 26, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

Filmmaker Sriram Raghavan, who is set to direct a film on the life of youngest Param Vir Chakra recipient Arun Khetarpal, says it is the most challenging subject for him.

Dinesh Vijan will be producing the biopic which is tentatively titled “Ekkis”.

“Dinesh offered me this film and when I heard it, I found it interesting. ‘Ekkis’ is a working title. We are set in 1970s. It is the story of two eras. We have finished the script and are doing a rewrite and all,” Raghavan said.

“We have enough people from military on board. These things you can’t get it wrong one bit. When you are working on a real story it is your responsibility to get everything right and stay as true and authentic as possible. It is all the more challenging for me as it is not my zone, I am doing something else. But I liked the story so I am doing it,” he added.

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Saif Ali Khan in talks with director Sriram Raghavan for a thriller?

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , on May 3, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan is in a pretty happy space on the professional front right now. The actor, who’s gearing up for his hit web series Sacred Games 2, has a couple of interesting projects up his sleeve. While Saif Ali Khan has already signed Jawaani Jaaneman, looks like he may also take up Sriram Raghavan’s next thriller. Though, Saif hasn’t signed the dotted line yet, the final modalities are currently being worked out. So, if all goes well, Saif may be seen playing the lead in Sriram Raghavan’s next film which is also touted to be a thriller.

Saif and Sriram go back a long way. The actor-director duo has worked together in films like Ek Hasina Thi and Agent Vinod. While Sriram is known for his edge of the seat thrillers, Saif Ali Khan seems to be enjoying his new-found space as an actor. If the project does find a green signal from the actor, it’ll be interesting to see what the duo will have in store for us.

Apart from Jawaani Jaaneman, Saif Ali Khan has also announced Bhoot Police. While Go Goa Gone 2 has apparently gone in limbo, reports also suggest that he may join Amitabh Bachchan in Aankhen 2 along with Jacqueline Fernandez.
Sriram Raghavan is in talks with Saif Ali Khan for his next thriller. It is suggested that Saif and Sriram Raghavan are currently in talks for a thriller film. Saif has reportedly liked the script and has met with the director a couple of times for the same.

Saif Ali Khan to star in Sriram Raghavan’s next?

Posted in Movies with tags , , on November 26, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan is known for his interesting choice of projects. The last time we met the Baazaar actor, he had explained the thought behind it and told us, “Today, I’m in a position where I can try doing something out of the box. I’m at that stage of my career where I should only pick up subjects that I think will be different and that’s what I’m doing currently.”

The Nawab of Pataudi is currently juggling the shoots of Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior, in which he plays the antagonist, and Sacred Games, where he is one of the main leads. Now, we hear that he is in talks for Sriram Raghavan’s next. A source says, “Sriram is planning two scripts — one is the biopic on Param Vir Chakra awardee Arun Khetarpal, titled Ekkis, while the other is a thriller. He and Saif had been discussing about doing a film together for some time. Recently, when they met, the filmmaker bounced off the ideas to the actor. The latter liked both the stories and they have decided to collaborate on one of the projects.”

Our source adds, “Ekkis will mostly have a young actor playing the late lieutenant. There’s also another prominent role in the biopic, which suits Saif. If not this, the actor-director pair will definitely work on the thriller next. They are currently deciding which one to do first. The film is expected to go on floors in 2019.”

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Ahead of Andhadhun, here’s looking at Sriram Raghavan’s debut film Ek Hasina Thi starring Saif Ali Khn

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on October 5, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Showcasing mystery on the silver screen is one of Sriram Raghavan’s strong suits and we have seen him do that successfully in his previous ventures. But what still remains etched in the memory of film lovers is his directorial debut Ek Hasina Thi.

Sriram Raghavan is back on the director’s chair with this week’s release Andhadhun. From the trailer, it looks like the film is about a visually challenged man who gets embroiled in a murder case. Showcasing mystery on the silver screen is one of Raghavan’s strong suits and we have seen him do that successfully in his previous ventures.

While the director has tasted success with films like Badlapur, his debut Hindi film Ek Hasina Thi still remains etched in the memory of film lovers.

Ek Hasina Thi stood out amongst its contemporaries when it released in 2004. This was the year when Pritam’s signature tune of Dhoom was the rage. Bollywood was witnessing its ‘sex sells’ phase with Julie and Murder but was trying to balance it out with the likes of Maqbool. In fact, this was the year when Saif Ali Khan was primarily seen as the romantic hero after Kal Ho Naa Ho and the actor also landed his National Film Award for Hum Tum.

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Sriram Raghavan: Saif Ali Khan and I are discussing something

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on September 7, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Sriram Raghavan on his Agent Vinod, reclaiming The Accidental Apprentice and gearing up to roll with his next, a biopic

Three years after the Varun Dhawan-starrer Badlapur, Sriram Raghavan is back with another thriller, AndhaDhun, with Ayushmann Khurrana as a blind musician and also featuring Tabu and Radhila Apte. The movie developed from a short film his filmmaker-friend Hemant Rao had shared with him a few years ago.

“I’d gone to Chennai for a workshop where I met and befriended many aspiring filmmakers, among them Hemant whose concept I really liked and asked him to expand on it but he got busy with his own film while I started work on Badlapur,” reminisces the filmmaker, adding that after the intense 2015 crimedrama, he wanted to return to the space of his 2007 neo-noir thriller Johnny Gaddaar. “I had finished the first draft when I read about Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam’s Kaabil which revolved around a blind couple and thought it would get too much if two similar films vied for attention together. So, I put the script aside till I saw Kaabil and realised it shared no similarities with my film. The journey began again.”

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ANATOMY OF A SCENE: Sriram Raghavan on Saif Ali Khan’s Ek Hasina Thi

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2018 by saifalikhanonline