In November 2004, the makers of TV show CID had set a record when they shot an uncut scene that lasted for all of 111 minutes. Earlier this week, the record was broken by a feature film, which recorded over 137 minutes without a single cut. The movie titled Six Hours With Terrorists is now poised to enter the Limca Book Of Records for this feat.
Six Hours With Terrorists is not only the first-of-its-kind in India in terms of its directorial style, but is also claiming to be the longest one-shot film in the world. It has been directed by Karan Kashyap, who adapted its script from Naya Rasta, a play he had written earlier.
"Plays are always performed at one go, and I wanted to take that concept, plant it in a location and take it forward," explains Kashyap, who has written several plays and has enjoyed a lengthy stint in theatre.
Preparing for the feat was daunting, but not an impossible task. As the director, Kashyap made sure that all possible problems were dealt with before the final take was recorded on January 31 in the presence of senior officials from the Limca Book Of Records, to authenticate the claim.
"It was quite a lengthy process, right from finding someone who was willing to produce the film," admits Kashyap, whose script was finally picked up by Arun Deodhar of Star Smile Productions.
He further explains, “After writing the script, I had to write the screenplay in the one-shot format. The actors were made to attend a 54-day workshop, during the course of which, we also ironed out chinks in the lighting, camerawork and other small aspects of filmmaking.”
With the shoot wrapped up in just one day, it is the post-production that will take some time, before the film is ready to release.
Says Kashyap, “Ideally, it will take another two to three weeks of work. So, the film should be out in theatres by March or April.”