‘Acid Factory’, a Sanjay Gupta production which is directed by Suparn Verma (‘Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena’) is all set to arrive this Friday. After it’s much hyped unveiling that took place in IIFA last year, the film has been pretty much in the news for it’s all macho star cast comprising of Fardeen Khan, Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Dino Morea, Aftab Shivdasani and Danny Denzongpa along with femme fatale Dia Mirza. Considering the fact that the film is produced by Sanjay Gupta, a successful director himself, one can’t help but ask Suparn if it was actually a cake walk for him to direct the film.
Was it easy for you to convince Sanjay Gupta to produce ‘Acid Factory’ for you? After all you didn’t quite have a good beginning at the box-office after ‘Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena’!
Sanjay had seen parts of ‘Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena’ and had met me just after the film’s release. He told me that I should be a part of his production house ‘White Feather Films’. He threw some ideas to me and ‘Acid Factory’ was one of them. I asked him if I had the freedom to tweak it around and he said that he was game for it. I started writing it along with Sanjay himself. Later Saurabh Shukla also came in for dialogues.
Meanwhile, were there any special instructions from Sanjay considering he has been a successful director himself?
He just asked me to go wild with the film. He told me to treat it like my debut film. On the other hand, I went ahead and made the film as if it was going to be my last (laughs). I really wanted to dedicate my life to the film. That’s how the entire genesis of the film took place. Working with him was like being in a candy store where I could ask for anything and get that as well.
One also hears that Sanjay was quite some motivation, courtesy the parties that he threw for the cast and crew.
I remember that while we were shooting in Hyderabad, he would be there in Mumbai. Still, he used to occasionally drop in and ensured that we all relaxed. As have been the famous words of Danny Sir- ‘We see Sanjay in the evening, we party and then when we wake up drunk in the morning, he is gone’. That says it all.
There have been quite a few thrillers in Bollywood. In fact there is one, ‘Blue’, arriving exactly a week later. How does ‘Acid Factory’ turn out to be any different?
Well, I can promise that the film will bring with it a different dimension to how thrillers are perceived. I would want to call it as a ‘serious hardcore entertainer thriller’. Believe me, the film is every bit the tagline that reads- ‘Some thrillers go too far; this one starts from there’!