From real to reel
Ruslaan Mumtaz was indicted in an MMS scandal not too long ago, will act in a film based on the infamous sex MMS of 2004Ruslaan Mumtaz was indicted in an MMS scandal not too long ago, will act in a film based on the infamous sex MMS of 2004
Ruslaan Mumtaz, who a few months ago, was embroiled in an MMS scandal with Salma Agha's daughter Sara, is now shooting a film based on the infamous 2004 MMS scandal that involved two school-going children from New Delhi.
The incident shook the nation and brought to light the heightened use of technology among the youth. It also served as inspiration for two films -- Anurag Kashyap's Dev D and Dibakar Bannerjee's Love Sex Aur Dhokha.
The new film, called I Don't Love U, is being directed by ad man Amit Kasaria. It will however, recreate the events of the 2004 scandal.
Speaking from Delhi where the film is being shot, Ruslaan says, "It's a college love story with an MMS as the conflict point. It is inspired by the 2004 MMS scandal, where a video of two school goers having sex was leaked on the Internet."
Model-turned-actress Chetna Pandey plays Ruslaan's co-star in film, and the movie, we hear, will leave little to imagination.
Says Ruslaan, "It isn't a scandalous film. But we will shoot the MMS-clip sequence carefully. You see, the boy had shot the clip without showing his face. We will shoot it exactly the same way. My face won't be visible. But we will be caught in the act."The original clip is easily available on the Internet.
The story will be told from the point of view of the children, who will be portrayed as victims. The boy's phone is shown to get misplaced, and the MMS is leaked all over the net. "It's not about the scandal. It's about the trauma," says Ruslaan.
What about the trauma that Ruslaan went through when he was accused of leaking an MMS clip?
"That wasn't me in the clip. But yes, I am no stranger to MMS scandals," he replies.
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