Bejoy Nambiar on casting Hiten Tejwani in Kaala: Seeing him do one thing totally different excited me
Within the muddle of crime dramas on OTT, filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar guarantees an interesting watch with Kaala, which follows the journey of an Intelligence Bureau officer caught within the energy battle of the darkish world of reverse hawala. This collection incorporates a promising solid of Rohan Vinod Mehra, Nivetha Pethuraj, Taher Shabbir, Jitin Gulati, Elisha Mayor and Hiten Tejwani. Kaala incorporates a brutal energy battle with feelings of betrayal and revenge peaking by means of the narrative.
Forward of its launch, Bejoy decoded the present for ETimes, spoke concerning the solid and rather more. Excerpts:
How did you conceptualise Kaala?
Initially, the germ of an concept I had written was for a movie after which given the chance, I simply tailored it and pitched it like a protracted format present. It took me a few month to flesh it out however as quickly as I pitched the concept, the producers have been hooked to it.
With Kaala you appear to have dived deep into the motion style…
My favorite style is drama and that has not modified. So that is additionally a really dramatic one, there are lots of layers. The truth is, what you see within the trailer is the tip of the iceberg. The narrative revolves across the three males and the way their actions pivot the story ahead. So the motion is sort of coincidental and a part of that narrative. So I would not name Kaala an out-and-out motion factor, however a drama present that has sufficient doses of motion.
You’ve given a never-before-seen look to Hiten Tejwani within the trailer, how did his casting come about?
I used to be seeing him after a very long time, as a result of I’ve solely seen him on TV. The casting guys have been testing him for one more function and I discovered it fascinating. Instantly seeing him do one thing so totally different from what he had executed earlier than, that actually excited me. And I feel he had examined for one more half, however that itself made me curious and made me wish to discover a unique shade for him. After which he came visiting and met me and I pitched him this different function. He instantly latched on.
There are such a lot of crime dramas on OTT releasing each month, how does Kaala stand out within the muddle?
Effectively, I hope it stands out. The hope is that it manages to discover a wider join, regardless of the muddle of exhibits being there. I am hoping this nonetheless turns into a muddle breaker. As a result of I do know for a proven fact that now we have tried one thing new. Now while you strive one thing new, you’ll be able to both fall flat in your face or it may possibly handle to transcend and join. And we’re solely hoping for the latter. Even when it would not handle to attempt to join, not less than there might be some studying there additionally. However from no matter now we have executed to date, from the samples that now we have executed and proven to a few of the audiences, the suggestions has been very, very optimistic. And that has actually fueled us on and on. I am actually hoping that it interprets nicely with the viewers as nicely.
Nowadays lots of exhibits are left open ended, with scope for a sequel. What have you ever deliberate with Kaala?
We positively have a season 2 in thoughts and now we have written the present with that in thoughts. And there are issues that now we have stored in thoughts whereas structuring the present as nicely. However that decision lies with the streaming platform. They will even take it as soon as they see the way it fares and the whole lot.
You shared that originally Kaala was meant to be a film, however has been reworked for OTT. Do you’re feeling digital platforms are altering the norms of leisure?
On the finish of the day, I am a filmmaker and I am making an attempt to showcase my story in the very best manner, in the very best venue. So if I am getting a chance the place I can discover the story in a manner which serves it higher, I will seize that chance. If it isn’t a movie and if it is a lengthy format and I will do justice to it, then I will seize it. And going ahead additionally, I feel it’ll be the identical. So so long as you get to inform the story that you simply wish to inform in the way in which you wish to inform it, I feel that is the best scenario for a filmmaker.