Pakistani actor Shamoon Abbasi in a recent interview talked about his debut film, Durj. He revealed that this movie is based on three real life incidents in Pakistan. Trailer of the movie revived immense positive positive reviews from critics and viewers alike.
He revealed about hidden message and efforts behind the movie. “Well, these days local audiences are exposed to all kinds of entertainment on foreign channels, and are even watching shows on Netflix. So I believe the education and exposure is definitely there, and with the kind of response our trailer has received, I am pretty overwhelmed and am confident that the audience is ready to watch such reality-based themes on the big screen. And even if they are not, it is our job to experiment and prepare the audience for something new.”
Talking about dark glimpse of the trailer he said that“The trailer might give the impression of a dark horror film, but trust me, Durj is a lot more and is actually a suspense thriller with a strong emotional and romantic underpinning. The trailer just reveals certain bits about the movie, but there is much more to it than the dark themes. Watch the movie and you will be surprised. We actually provide the backstory to why the villain behaves the way he does – as twisted as his justification might be for his behavior, unlike most productions with similar themes, it is there in the film. Also, there is no gratuitous blood and gore – I have never been fond of films such as the ‘Saw’ series (from Hollywood).”
“In a certain part of the movie, (actor) Sherry Shah has her hair shaved off on screen. Not many actresses would have that kind of dedication to agree to shoot such a sequence. Not only that, she also put on 40 lbs. for the character as it required a regular physique. I had to grow a beard and develop a certain kind of look for the villain’s character and then maintain it for almost a year and a half. All of this entailed missing out opportunities and financial sacrifices as well. “
“We have used a hybrid sound mix for the film – on some locations where we were shooting, it was not feasible to record in sync sound, and in certain sequences of the film, sync sound was coming out right. So we have ended up using both sync sound and voice re-recording techniques, ”he saild in a response to production techniques. “We have just released the trailer, which has gone viral and frankly we are still dealing with the immense response. We have received inquiries for the film from many countries abroad and would like to potentially go for an international release in countries such as Russia, Eastern Europe, UK, and United States etc. In Pakistan, we completed the film without financial backing from any channel or any big production house, which in itself is an achievement. Nothing is finalized as of now as far as the movie’s release date is concerned.”
“The purpose of the film is to raise awareness about loopholes in our judicial system that enable criminals to continue perpetrating their crimes. In reality, the individuals arrested for cannibal activities were allowed to roam free after being in prison for just 2 years, because a law to prosecute such a crime does not exist in this country.”
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17 November, 2019