After a series of flops like Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage, Deewane Huye Paagal and Life Mein Kabhie Kabhie, Vikram Bhatt (right) is back with his next.
Bhatt, who gave us the big hit Ghulam, hopes to repeat the magic in 1920, a horror film, starring newcomers Rajneesh Duggal and Adah Sharma. The film will release on September 12.
He talks to Nithya Ramani about the film and what he has been up to all this while.
Where have you been for so long?
I haven't been away for long, maybe just a year. I made some inconsequential films and needed some introspection. That's why I took a break. The break helped me do a film that I can be proud of.
What is 1920 about?
It is love story, based in the year 1920. It is about a Hindu boy and an Anglo-Indian girl, who fall in love and get married against their parents' wishes. Arjun Singh Rathod (Rajneesh) is an architect, who wants to demolish a haunted house and build a hotel there. His wife Lisa (Adah) gets possessed by the spirits of the house.
Why did you choose to make a horror film?
I always wanted to make a horror film. The idea of a chariot riding through the mist was always on my mind. I had the visuals in mind and made that into a film. I have been working on this film for a year and a half.
What made you choose Rajneesh and Adah for the film?
I wanted new faces for this film but I did not conduct any auditions. Both Rajneesh and Adah came to my office and when I saw them, my search ended.
Do you think a film starring newcomers will draw in the audiences?
The performance of a film is irrespective of its cast. Many films with stars flop and vice versa. Filming is a gamble, and so unpredictable. Stars do not make a film, the film makes a star.
Also See: 1920, the trailer