From erotica, Vivek Agnihotri moves onto political issues
After directing the erotic thriller 'Hate Story', Vivek Agnihotri is now making two films on socio-political issues
First to release will be his film 'Buddha in a Traffic Jam' on the naxal issue, starring Anupam Kher. The other film is a political thriller 'Freedom' with R Madhavan in the lead.
"'Buddha in a Traffic Jam' is in post production. It is a very different kind of a film when you compare it with 'Hate Story' or my previous film 'Dhan Dhan Dhan Goal'," Vivek, who started his career with 'Chocolate', said.
"This one too is a cerebral film but it isn't anything like 'Chocolate'. It deals with the naxal issue and unfolds through nine chapters, just like a book," he added.
Anupam plays a professor in the film which also stars Arunoday Singh and Mahi Gill. The film was incidentally shot much before 'Hate Story' but would be released only now.
"The film was almost ready when Vikram Bhatt spoke to me about 'Hate Story'. Since he was the producer and wanted to start the film early, I decided to wait instead of rushing up both the films. I didn't want a conflict by working on both films at the same time," said Vivek.
He plans to roll out an innovative campaign to promote 'Buddha In A Traffic Jam'. "I can be patient enough to bring the film at a right time after a right messaging. When I made 'Chocolate', no one had made suspense thrillers for a long time. Then when I conceptualised 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal', not just did I make it football centric, I also placed it in English football league, which was quite a complicated thing to do," he said.
Vivek has already begun working on 'Freedom' for which he has already confirmed Madhavan as one of the male leads. "It is one film which is very close to my heart. It is a political thriller that gives a blow by blow account of modern day India during last three decades. I can't wait to get behind the camera for this one. Madhavan is definitely on, though a few more actors would soon be coming on board," he said.