Ever since the announcement of Action Replayy, there have been speculations galore around whether the film was inspired from Hollywood science fictions. Quite a few names were being thrown around and the most amusing piece that came out a few months back was around Akshay Kumar playing Brad Pitt (who went through reverse ageing) from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
“I couldn’t stop laughing when this theory came out”, Vipul looks back in amusement here, “I was quiet for all these months because the film was still being made and anything being said wouldn’t have accounted for much. However, quite a few murmurs have died their natural death ever since the film’s theatrical promo came out. Now that the songs are on air too, everyone knows that Action Replayy is as Bollywood as it can get.”
Well, one can see that as the focus here is on getting the retro look right for the film rather than it being projected as a science fiction, something which was last tried in Love Story 2050.
“My belief is that if you focus on the element of science fiction, you end up sacrificing on emotions. I am a person who would rather focus on emotions than get overtly technical in the story telling”, says Vipul who could well be right here if his dramatic fares like Waqt, Namastey London and London Dreams are any indication.
On being quizzed on the time travel aspect in Action Replayy and how much of that has been explored in the film, Vipul says, “Time travel is just the means of getting the two worlds – that of past and present – together. There is nothing else to that.”
When he could have attempted a tale in the future, what made him to go back in the past?
“First and foremost, the core story of the film is about a boy trying to make his parents fall in love in the past. So it was inevitable that we go back in time”, reasons Vipul, “Moreover, if you look at it, our emotions and relationships were far purer, better and more important in the years gone by. Life was more colourful and celebratory during the 70s. I wanted to bring on those elements. This is why I selected that world which was full of fun, romance and brightness. Now that the film is seeing a Diwali release, it only compliments the look and its flavour.”
Well, let the celebrations begin!