By Nikhil Ramsubramaniam and Suleman Mobhani, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Sanjay Gupta's White Feather Films is known to make high adrenaline action packed thrillers. After Kaante, Musafir and Zinda, Sanjay Gupta is all set to unleash his latest action packed thriller Acid Factory. Directed by Suparn Verma (Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena) the film boasts of an impressive star cast comprising of Fardeen Khan, Irrfan Khan, Dino Morea, Aftab Shivdasani, Manoj Bajpai, Danny Denzongpa and Dia Mirza. The film is set in Cape Town and Bollywood Hungama brings to you some exclusive pics from one of the most awaited action thrillers of this year- Acid Factory
Sanjay Gupta has always had a fascination for bikes and hence be prepared to see some never before seen bike sequences in this film. As director Suparn Verma says, "My first film Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena was also visually exciting but with the budget I got this time around, I have taken things ten times bigger. I must say I had a fantastic producer backing me which has helped to give the film a stylish look."
From the looks of this pic, Aftab and Dino seem all set to indulge in a deadly game of bike racing. Aftab who is known more for his comic roles will be seen in an intense role this time around. Speaking about Aftab, Suparn Verma said, "This is a very different role for Aftab and he has done a fabulous job. Even Irrfan for that matter was a complete joy to work with. He is completely a director's actor and the best part about him is the way he uses his eyes to emote. That is simply mind-blowing. In fact all the characters are such that you don't know whether to like them or hate them. They keep changing colours throughout the film."
Fardeen Khan seems to be a favorite with director Suparn Verma. The dashing actor featured in Suparn's debut flick Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena and will also be seen in a pivotal role in Acid Factory. When we asked Suparn what made him repeat Fardeen, he said, "Fardeen and I go way back. He has a good looking face so I find it all the more interesting to portray him in a character with shades of grey. Somewhere deep down he also enjoys playing these slightly edgy characters."
What's surprising about the film is the fact that everybody in the cast including Dia Mirza gets to do action in this film. Dia who is usually seen in delicate roles as the petite girl next door would be seen in a completely different avatar this time. She is just like one among the guys and even gets to perform some really dare devil stunts in the film including a stunning dirt bike riding sequence.
This picture sees the principal characters discussing their game plan aboard a yacht before making their next move. Dino Morea seems to be the one leading the strategy meet while Irrfan Khan, Danny, Manoj Bajpai and Fardeen listen closely. Dia however doesn't seem too interested in the proceedings. One can't help but notice an uncanny resemblance this picture bears to a sequence from Gupta's Kaante which showed Amitabh explaining the plan to his team members.
The film has been shot at some exotic locales of Cape Town. Danny Denzongpa, who is not seen much on the big screen these days, would be seen in a prominent role in this film. What's more the septuagenarian actor would also be seen doing some action sequences, a rare feat for someone of his age. When we spoke to Suparn about his experience working with Danny Denzongpa, he said, "Danny Sir is the youngest of the lot. He is just 21 years old. He would party with us till 4 in the morning and then be the first one to reach the sets. That man is simply amazing"
Acid Factory has some mind-blowing action sequences and we quizzed director Suparn Verma on his experiences shooting the action scenes. "We have shot this film on land, in the sea and the air. So except shooting underground we've covered pretty much everything else. In terms of vehicular action you will get too car chases, bike racing sequences, quad bikes, speed boats etc. We had 2-3 choppers with us on a daily basis to shoot the scenes from an aerial view. With the amount of explosions, we feel that we've gone about blowing up most of Cape Town. I must say that in the 20 odd days that we spent there, we got tremendous support from the local authorities which have helped us get the footage that you will now see in the film.
Shooting of Acid Factory is complete and the film is likely to hit theatres sometime mid-year.