Mohit Suri seems to be a big believer in creating the right atmosphere to get his work done! The director has given his office space a complete overhaul in anticipation of his upcoming film, The Villain, which stars Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor. The reason behind this? He wants to create a sense of isolation and have the subject “grow organically” within each member of the team working on the film.
Since he’s got an interesting title with The Villain, he decided to redesign his entire office and put up photos of famous villains. He’s even taken it a step further by adding in some interesting elements that have some sort of connection with the concept of a villain – sceptres, cigars and spikes are just some of the things he’s used as part of his redecoration! To finish it all off, he’s now referring to his work space as “The Villains Den,” and refuses to call it his office. Nice!
It’s so boring to have a vanilla office. We have such a fun, commercial and unique title for our film. So I thought of giving the office a theme that was in line with the title. We refer to our office as “The Villains’ Den.” We don’t use the word ‘office’. It is extensively adorned by visuals of legendary Hollywood villains. It started off just as some inspirational images… turned into a collage… to wall art… and finally a theme office.”
This Villains Den was in use a lot when the team was in the pre-production stage, as all the sessions relating to the script, music and actors happened there. However, now that they are filming, Mohit has extended this environment to one of the production vanity vans, where all the briefings, planning meetings and scene decisions take place. It also doubles up as the space where the team members go for breaks/to regroup, so Mohit believes it helps to reattach them to the “film’s larger thought.”
Do you think it’s a cool idea? Would you love if your workspace got a themed redesign?