Spies admist us
Pune witnessed another film promotional activity on Monday when actors Arjun Rampal and Irrfan Khan along with director Nikhil Advani had come to Inox, Bund Garden Road, for the promotion of their upcoming film D-Day. Despite arriving almost two hours late, the trio managed to charm all with questions fielded by the journalists.
The film’s director Nikhil called D-Day the first spy thriller in India. “We have all heard about spy agencies like RAW, but we really don’t know how they work. This film is about intelligence agents going into Pakistan to bring back India’s most wanted enemy. Rishi Kapoor plays the fugitive here. In 2011, when Osama was killed by the US in Pakistan, someone asked me of why don’t (India) we do the same thing for killing Dawood. But it is easy to say, and very difficult thing to do. The film has everything – good story, sacrifice, betrayal, great action and super performance.” Due to myriad details, he found making D-Day very difficult. He spent about 100 days just to correct the script, while the post-production took about eight months.
Arjun, who looked a bit disoriented during the press conference, supported his director on the claim that the espionage genre has never been attempted in india. “Since I did not know much about how the spies work, I explored their nuances on my own. The film has been handled as realistic as possible. It was a wonderful experience working with the cast. We had fun on sets, while making the film. It is a well-written film.”
Irrfan felt as India never never had any investigative film and not much literature was available on spies, it was investigative for them too. “It is a genuine spy film. We tried making the film entertaining and enjoyable. Nikhil has brought Hollywood technicians here. But the help brought from there is not just for show. Nikhil’s approach was good and so the film needed the help.” Arjun agreed with Irrfan and gave the example of the action director who taught them about using weapons in a training. “The film needed real action, as it is a spy film. We were taught details like what would a spy do, if his gun got stuck and so on. On sets, we were asked by the action director these questions so that we knew what we were doing.”
Describing his character Wali Khan who is in Pakistan for nine years gathering details, Irrfan explains that his character loses his motive, after so many years. The job is not comforting as there is always a scary situation of getting caught. He is trying to convince himself of his aim, but there are conflicts within him. He has a family here (in India).”
Image Credits: Pradeep Lonkar (for the featured image) and Sapna Sarfare