With Acid Factory, filmmaker Suparn Verma has (for second time in a row after his debut effort Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena) explored the darker side of human psychology. One would have expected that by bringing together seven diverse characters on a common platform, he would get a story running that would mainly be visually appealing with action and style holding centre-stage. However, after watching Acid Factory, it is quite obvious that this effort by Suparn has a deep rooted theme to it that goes beyond action and style.
“I am glad that people are noticing that as well. While making Acid Factory, I wanted to be quite sure that there is a definite storyline running as well. It wasn’t a cool looking commercial that I was shooting that had to get the job done in those few seconds. It needed to have a solid substance to the proceedings and by placing all my characters on the borderline of morality, my ground was set”, says Suparn who has used the theme of momentary amnesia in his action thriller that has seen good critical response coming its way.
Explaining his stance on morality debate, Suparn reasons, “I love talking to people who are not really morally right. In fact I am sorry to say but morally right people are very unexciting for me. They are like stuck records. With a movie like Acid Factory, you can play around with the characterization of actors and structure it all in a massive way. This is why I love to challenge morality as it gets you in a zone where you don’t know whether the guy in front of you is good or bad.”
Since the release of the film, one thing that has been unanimously accepted is the fact that visually, Suparn along with his technical crew (most importantly action director Tinu Verma) have got some superb action sequences rolling.
“That’s because making thrillers is my strength. It is my forte and I have an eye for what would look cutting edge on the big screen”, he responds in an unabashed manner, “I love shooting my actors in a stylized way. I like my women to look gorgeous and sexy while my men have to be stylish.”
Does that mean he would continue to make thrillers all his life? “Don’t forget that I wrote India’s first bona fide adult comedy Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai“, he chuckles, “I like love stories as well and I already have two scripts ready that I plan to convert into movies soon.”
For the moment though, his heart continues to beat for thrillers, especially after the positive response he has got from those who have watched the film and his colleagues from the industry.
“I see life in terms of grey instead of black and white. Thrillers give me lot of options to play around this particular colour”, he defends his choice of genre, “In a love story too, I can play around with the narrative but still, whether you like the character or not, at the end of the day you have to root for them to be together. However, in case of a thriller, you want someone to die. This is where the whole fun begins!”