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Keeping the Spotlight on the Thrillers: Bollywood Film Director Saurabh Varma


 

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Saurabh Varma, is all set for the release of his next Bollywood film. This renowned Film-maker has already delivered a hit comic thriller and is now awaiting the release of his next film, an investigative thriller revolving around 7 hours and just keeping the spotlight on the thrillers.

Multi talented Saurabh has 19 years of experience in the film industry at the top level positions, engaged in film marketing & distribution for over 500 Hindi & Regional Indian films. After reaching this stage in his career, Saurabh was absolutely well versed with the creative & commercial aspects of of the Bollywood film industry. Then, he wrote & directed a Hindi feature film “Micky Virus” which was a comic thriller, launching Elli Evram & Manish Paul. His movie did well at the box office and he established himself as a dedicated & passionate film writer-director capable of delivering good quality films.

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At this point of time, Saurabh was well versed with the creative & commercial aspects of of the Bollywood film industry. He wrote & directed a Hindi feature film “Micky Virus” which was a comic thriller, launching Elli Evram & Manish Paul. His movie did very well and he established himself in the film industry as a dedicated & passionate film writer-director capable of delivering good quality films.

Presently, this successful writer-director is awaiting the release of his next movie ”7 HOURS TO GO” which is an investigative thriller following the same genre. The movie teaser is out and movie will be released soon.

Check out the interview with Saurabh to know more about him & his films:

Q: How did you become a film maker & a film Director? 

A: After servicing directors and more than 500 films, I began to develop my own concepts. Leaving a highly paid job, I struggled for years with my concepts and finally got a break in 2013 when I made and released Mickey Virus. My experience in the commerce side has helped me evolve as a better director.

Q:  Who is your role model in the industry? 

A: For any filmmaker there cannot be one role model. Every film teaches you what to and what not to do. For me, I have learned a lot from animation films. My other influences have been Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan and Shriram Raghvan.

Q:  What prompted you to make Mickey Virus?  

A: I wanted to make a new age thriller and Mickey Virus was my first step to do so. Its twist is still one of those which you can’t guess till the very end. It’s an intelligent comic thriller and I always wanted to target the youth with my first film. My second film 7 HOURS TO GO is another step towards the genre.

Q:  You are a successful film maker / Director, so who would be one person, you would like to make films with?

A: I would like to make films with anyone who fits my character. Given a choice, I would like to work with Leonardo DiCaprio, just because of the sheer energy he brings to each and every role he enacts.

Q:  Which has been your toughest project so far? 

A: 7 HOURS TO GO has been my toughest film so far. It has left me and all my actors exhausted, drained and bruised. But now when I see the overwhelming response, I think it was worth the sweat and blood we spent in making it.

Q:  Tell us about your new project – 7 Hours to Go. When will the movie release? What is the movie all about?

A: 7 HOURS TO GO is an investigative thriller about a man called Arjun (Shiv Pandit) who witnesses an unlikely murder. Frantic and exasperated, he takes 7 hostages and gives the cops, 7 hours to find out the killer! The film is about what happens in those 7 hours. The film stars Shiv Pandit, Sandeepa Dhar, Natasa Stankovic and Varun Badola.

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Q:  What are your future plans?

A: I intend to make a sci-fi thriller next. Can’t reveal much as it is still being conceptualised.

Q:  What advise would you give to new comers?

A: Don’t get stuck in the myths that go around in the movie industry. You will get selected only on your merit and nothing else. Be confident and know your weaknesses more than your strengths and always have a plan B ready for all career related choices.

Lifestyle Questions:

Q:  Which is your favourite cuisine/ dish? 

A: Rajma Chawal

Q:  Which is your favourite fashion brand? 

A: Armani

Q:  Which is your favourite travel destination? 

A: Europe

Making a thriller is not easy as it requires to make it gripping & keep the audience captivated through out the film. Saurabh has proved to be mercilessly brilliant in directing & delivering a thriller, so we can expect him to keep upping his ante and deliver another super-hit film.

Post by: Parul Khanna / Appy Bistro

Picture courtesy: Saurabh Varma

 

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