Thrilling fascination

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Oct 2018 12:01:06


I n Sriram Raghavan’s world, improbability is just a plot point. The director, who has given timeless thrillers such as Ek Haseena Thi,Johnny Gaddar and Badlapur to Hindi cinema, is back with another mystery in Andhadhun, whereablind pianist is at the centre of a murder. Raghav an says he is attracted to such stories because it is fascinating to deconstructthe psyche of a person in a pickle. “Peopleoftenget caughtin situations or do something that they regret for the rest oftheirlives.Whathappens andhow youtry to coverup is the story.

These are not career criminals.Irelate to it as there is this possibility that it can happen to anyone. “Weallares care dof bad things... Sowhen youare watching a film, you see your fears on the screen. You have this thought‘Thank God,it is happening to someone else’,” the director told PTI. It was a long brewing idea that finally took shape in Andhadhun, which features Ayushmann Khurrana as the blind pianist, Radhika Apte, Tabu and Anil Dhawan. “One of my friends was in a situation similar to something that happens in the film.

That was the take-off and we wrote a passable story. And then I remembered how old Hindi films had these piano songs. Also, in Raabta from Agent Vinod, there was this blind girl who plays the piano while all the fight shappening around her.

We thought, ‘Let’s have the blind pianist as the main character,” he says. Unlike Badlapur, which hada sensationalbeginning with the killing ofthe heroine, Andhadhun begins as a romantic comedy and then something happens, he says, adding the trailer basically follows the structure of the film. Thriller is not the most popular genre in Hindi cinema but withtheinfluxofwebmedium,crime shows have picked up momentum, he says. “There are a lot of shows on the web for sure but stillthere arenotmany films. There is a fascination for crime genre but producers think thrillers don’t have that much of a market or will not get picked up for satellite rights.”