Filmmaker Anup Bhandari on taking pictures his subsequent movie with COVID-19 security protocols in place
The on-going drug scandal has forged a pall of gloom over the Kannada movie trade and most celebrities have retreated to their houses. There’s nevertheless a ray of hope emanating from the units of Phantom in Ramoji Movie Metropolis, Hyderabad.
Written and directed by Anup Bhandari (of RangiTaranga fame), Phantom has Kichcha Sudeep within the lead. Whereas the director refuses to disclose particulars of a movie he calls “a dream undertaking”, he does, nevertheless, supply us glimpses of what’s taking place on set. The techie-turned-director, who can be a music composer and lyricist, talks to MetroPlus in regards to the movie. Excerpts:
When did you resume taking pictures?
We began in June. Now we have been working continuous. We’re completed with a significant portion of the shoot in a forest.
Within the studio or on location?
It was all within the studio. We created an enormous forest on two flooring in Annapoorna Studios in Bengaluru. We’re completed with that portion. Now we’ve created one other set in Ramoji Movie Metropolis, the place we simply accomplished a 10-day evening shoot. We’re constructing a brand new set that will probably be prepared quickly, and the shoot will resume.
How has the taking pictures expertise been with social distancing norms?
Initially it was robust. There’s all the time a worry lurking once we are working in a bunch. Now we have to be further cautious. The well being tips and protocols have been adopted earlier than each shoot. Now we’re used to it and sail by the procedures ensuring we’re all secure. I consider you will need to get again to a traditional life now.
Do you suppose theatres will open by the point Phantom is prepared?
Positively. I’m fairly positive that theatres will probably be up and operating. We’re completed with 50% of the shoot. There’s nonetheless so much to be completed. By then, I consider issues needs to be again to regular.
What’s Phantom about?
The movie spans a number of genres. I describe it as an action-adventure-thriller. It’s an authentic story I wrote. The movie is produced by Shalini Arts, Jack Manju’s manufacturing home. He is likely one of the greatest distributors within the Kannada movie trade and Sudeep’s supervisor.
Are you not composing the music?
I’m concerned with Ajneesh Lokanath, the composer, at each step. I wished him to attain the music as he is likely one of the greatest within the trade. I additionally felt it is going to be a refreshing change to have him composing for my movie.
What’s Sudeep’s function within the movie?
He performs Vikrant Drona, a rugged character. Vikrant is mysterious and nobody can work out what he does and why he does sure issues.
Your brother Nirup can be performing on this movie…
Sure, and we’re additionally introducing Neeta Ashok. She is making her début and is paired reverse Nirup.