After assisting director Mohit Suri on a few projects (including the super hit Aashiqui 2), the Vishesh Films loyalist, Karan Darra, managed to bag Khamoshiyan as his first directorial project. Naturally, the youngster is thrilled to bits about being launched with this promising movie. “I started assisting when I was in 11th standard. I wanted to opt for further studies in filmmaking. But then I got this offer and I couldn’t deny it,” he shares with a smile.
The thriller flick marks the Bollywood debut of TV heartthrob Gurmeet Choudhary along with Sapna Pabbi and Ali Fazal. While the filmmaker had Ali in mind right from the time he had read the script, Gurmeet was roped in later on. But what’s interesting is how Sapna came on board. Apparently, Karan was down with Dengue and was hospitalized. Strangely, that’s where he finalized the heroine of his movie.
He narrates, “I was suffering from Dengue and I was in the hospital for a few days. My mom would play Anil Kapoor‘s show, 24, on TV every night. And I used to watch it along with her. And that’s how I saw Sapna (who played Anil’s daughter on the show). I knew that she’s going to be the leading lady of my movie the movie the moment I saw her.”
When I probe him to reveal a little more about his directorial debut, he says, “Khamoshiyan has thrills, horror and romance in it. That’s all I can tell you right now. I can’t reveal too much about the film as the suspense element needs to be there.”
Considering the trailer and music of Khamoshiyan has garnered a great response, it’s safe to see that the movie is going to grab a lot of attention too. “I am overwhelmed with the response that the trailer has received. But the movie is yet to hit the theatres. I am keeping my fingers crossed.” So does he plan to continue directing such dark flicks in the future? “I don’t want to stick to one genre. I am a Game Of Thrones fan. But I am also a poet. I’d love to helm a romantic movie someday. It all depends on the kind of scripts that come to me.”
Well, here’s wishing all the luck to the young filmmaker!