Text: Sriram Raghavan, director of Ek Hasina Thi and Johnny Gaddaar
I steal from every movie ever made,' famed Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino once said.
In the last weeks, I've done dozens of interviews and one question I'm often asked is my 'inspiration' for Johnny Gaddaar. That means which movie is it copied from. Inspiration is a lovely word that's lost its real meaning in our movies.
Lots of movies 'inspire' me... in different ways. Luc Besson's Nikita was my main inspiration while making Ek Hasina Thi. Small difference though: Nikita is a kickass action film about the transformation of a woman from a hard delinquent into a human; EHT was the reverse. Double Jeopardy had a lot of similarities to EHT, and I loved Ashley Judd. But nothing in the film really inspired me. If that makes any sense.
Every caper thriller follows the same basic plotline: A plan is formed. A team is assembled. The execution. And the fallout.
Johnny Gaddaar is no different. So I just felt like writing about some, of the great movies that have really, truly, honestly, inspired Johnny Gaddaar. I hope I have managed to steal something from these movies.
Here's a list of my Reservoir Gods.
Also read: 'Johnny Gaddaar is not a thriller'