It’s difficult where to start off from when you know you are in a dilemma. For starters, Bollywood’s newest director Abhinay Deo is facing just that. And even though his first film Game isn’t out yet theatrically, the industry pundits are already predicting him to be one of India’s most talented directors. Deo quotes, “I guess then I have to thank my advertising for making me well known even before my two films have released. I am happy yet nervous because I don’t want to lower their expectations.” It’s not just his debut film Game that’s the talk of the town. His second release, which he actually shot first, Aamir Khan‘s Delhi Belly is also doing the rounds in the industry. With two films about to see the light of the day and being backed by two of India’s most prolific Production houses, Excel Entertainment and Aamir Khan Productions, Deo isn’t just a lucky man, he is a blessed one. Will he add that extra punch and mesmerising tension to Game? Will he bring the wit and rhythm to Delhi Belly? Come April 1 and July 1, we will also find out the answer to – Is Abhinay as intriguing and entertaining as Game? Or is he as witty as Delhi Belly? UK’s Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama‘s London correspondent plays the game of one-upmanship with the director. Forget who wins! Just enjoy the game.
“Game is a very twisted script”
This film has been a tough one to crack. Game is a very twisted script. It’s difficult to make a film that is quite involving in its screenplay and its characters.
“The original script of Game was 450 pages and in two parts”
The writer of this film Althea Delmas Kaushal came with a script which was almost 450 pages. She wrote it in two parts, one being the sequel. I knew this had to be coming down to 150 pages or so. I sat with her for eight to nine months and got the right ingredients to shorten the script.
“I feel to make something simple is more difficult”
I come from an advertising world and used my fourteen years of experience to make sure that I do a decent job to make a film like this work. This is a thriller and we made it simpler for our Indian audiences to understand and for the overseas audiences too. I feel to make something simple is more difficult and Game was a simple experience.
“The role suited Abhishek’s persona a lot and because he is suave”
In a stylish thriller like Game, Abhishek Bachchan was an unusual and a rare cast. Abhishek is a very suave actor and he carries himself aesthetically quite well. The role suited Abhishek’s persona a lot. It was a hand in glove situation. Abhishek has brought a likeability factor to his role and no one could’ve done a better job than him.
“Whenever thrillers have been made, majority of the times, they’ve worked”
Culturally, we are people who prefer to see song and dance and love stories as against a cutting edge, stylised, suspense thrillers. That’s one of the many reasons why directors do not want to embark on making a thriller. Add to that, thrillers are quite expensive to make. If you go back in the past, Teesri Manzil was an exceptionally well made ‘Who done it’ thriller. But the good thing is, whenever thrillers have been made, majority of the times, they’ve worked.
“I don’t know what redefines a genre”
I don’t know whether Game will redefine a thriller. I don’t know what redefines a genre. What we’ve done is that we have weaved each element in such a manner that audiences are going to be kept on the edge of their seat. We have laid all the cards on the table and you should be able to find out ‘Who done it’. Game isn’t like Johnny Gaddaar.
“We haven’t used Sara Jane Dias for her body and beauty”
Sara just lights up on camera. She is indeed beautiful. I’ve been lucky to cast her. For one, she has done an incredible job and two; the response generated towards her after people seeing her pictures has been phenomenal. We aren’t using a girl just for her body and beauty. She is playing a very pivotal role in Game and for a first timer to come in, and not just look hot, she has delivered a fantastic performance.
“It’s good to know that the industry is looking forward to my work”
It’s good that people from the industry are aware of my work through my advertising. I really am flattered to know that the industry pundits are looking forward to my work. It’s good and bad. Bad because there are too many expectations from me but good because I come in as a wild card.
“To work with Farhan, Ritesh and Aamir Khan as producers is an achievement”
I find it strange that people have faith in me without seeing my work. For starters, my debutant producers are Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and my second producer is Aamir Khan. To work with two of India’s biggest production houses is an achievement in itself. Both my films, Game and my second film Delhi Belly are two diverse films and I have been backed by the best.