Agent 007 Vinod!

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By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, July 20 -- Director Sriram Raghavan is currently shooting the last schedule of his forthcoming spy thriller, Agent Vinod. And the hardest part, he says, was filming the action sequences, locations of which span various countries.

"There are more than half a dozen action set-pieces in the film. It has been tough to shoot them because we've mostly filmed in live and crowded locations. We've shot a fight in a Sri Lankan brothel, an assassination in Morocco and a ten-minute chase sequence on the streets of Riga in Latvia, apart from others," says Raghavan, who is working with Saif Ali Khan after the 2004 release Ek Hasina Thi.

The Johnny Gaddar (2007) director admits that he and actor-producer Khan are both huge fans of the Bond franchise. "We hope that our film gives viewers the excitement that a Bond film does. It promises great action, cool lines, a super villain, exotic locations and of course, the Bond girls," says Raghavan.

He also confirms that the nuclear crisis did play a part in inspiring the film, "Yes, it did, but I'd not like to elaborate on that so soon. The story is contemporary and very real," he says.

The director also doesn't deny the possibility of a sequel. "It has the potential, though it's too early to talk about it," he adds.