Director Hardik Mehta: Stree paved the way for Roohi

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The trailer of Roohi, starring Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma, launched on Tuesday . The movie, which was beforehand known as Rooh Afza after which Roohi Afzana, is a horror-comedy directed by Hardik Mehta, who has helmed Kaamyaab in 2018, and co-written Trapped (2016).

Ahead of Roohi’s trailer launch, Hardik Mehta spoke to indianexpress.com about why it was necessary for the movie’s staff to launch the film in theatres.

Here are some excerpts from the dialog:

Q) Finally the launch date for Roohi is out, you’ve been saving the movie for so lengthy, what was it like?

The good half is that for a movie like this, it’s not quick meals that we will rapidly put together and serve it. So, there was a bonus of the lockdown, we have been capable of edit it and nurture it properly, it’s a VFX heavy movie, so we might use that point to effective tune it from our finish. Often in our Bollywood movies, we’ve got seen that final minute VFX seems like a cut-paste job, we didn’t need VFX to appear to be that. So, I’m personally very comfortable that we obtained that point to replicate on the movie, most of the occasions administrators don’t get that chance as a result of they shoot after which inside 3-4 months the launch date is set.

At the identical time, the lockdown additionally examined our endurance as a result of the movie deserved a theatrical launch and we had no thought if and when the theatres would open. When you watch a trailer like this you perceive that in a style like horror-comedy the sound design and sound results should be skilled in theatres, it will probably’t be watched at dwelling with kids enjoying round or the noise of a pressure-cooker whistle going off in the kitchen. It can also be a group expertise to look at a movie on this style. So, now that issues are opening up and we’ve got protocols in place, I feel it’s the proper time for a movie like ours to return.

Q) Roohi comes from the makers of Stree which was primarily a mission by Raj and DK. Did you make your movie maintaining Stree in thoughts?

At the finish of the day, it was nonetheless Amar Kaushik’s movie. Of course, the idea and story was by Raj and DK. Similarly, the idea for Roohi got here from Mrigdeep Singh Lamba and Gautam Sinha, who’re the writers on the movie, after which they needed a younger director and that’s how I got here into the image. I needed to take it forward in a style the place I mash-up pulp and horror and create a cinematic expertise out of it.

Stree really paved a way for us. The success of Stree has led to Roohi. If there was no Stree, there wouldn’t in all probability have been Roohi.

Q) How was your expertise helming a horror-comedy like Roohi?

For somebody who has come from Kaamyaab background, to have 4 cities to shoot in, three stars to direct and two producers to again the movie, Roohi was an amazing expertise.

Q) How was it directing the three actors — Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma?

Janhvi was a pleasing shock and he or she goes to shock all together with her efficiency even additional. And to get a honest actor like Raj, is sort of a director’s dream come true. The comedian timing that he and Varun share in the movie is sort of a ‘buddy comedy’ in a way. Raj’s character stutters in the movie, he has picked it up so properly, the way he’s on the set, he makes the director look good. He is such an outstanding performer.

Bankrolled by Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films, Roohi is scheduled to launch in theatres on March 11.

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