It’s art imitates life imitates art for debutant director Manish Srivastava’s upcoming murder mystery, Charlie Ke Chakkar Mein. The film, it seems, has an uncanny resemblance to the recent Vijay Palande-Simran Sood case, where the duo is accused of murdering 28-year-old Delhi resident Karan Kumar Kakkad. But, here’s the twist: the film was written and shot before the incident was reported.
The Palande-Sood case seemed incredibly like something out of a pulp-fiction novel, involving murder, deceit, underworld connections and hidden identities. Manish’s film seems to loosely resemble the case, with an additional commissioner of police (Naseeruddin Shah), who finds video footage of a multiple-homicide case in Mumbai. As he investigates the case with his team, it leads to some shocking revelations. The film purportedly makes larger statements about today’s youth along the way.
Manish says, “The film was written and shot before the Vijay Palande-Simran Sood case got exposed in the media. So, there is no question of it being inspired. The idea was to explore how one perceives the truth. We looked at several incidents of youngsters committing shocking crimes.”
Yet, producer Karan Arora agrees that some of the resemblance is striking, for instance, “the honey trap that Palande sets, and the way he slips away and keeps twisting the truth.”
The film consists largely of theatre actors who have worked with Naseeruddin in his theatre group, Motley. “I chose to work with them for their incredible dedication and talent,” says Manish, who also reveals that Naseer hasn’t charged for acting in the film. “I am extremely fortunate to have him on-board. He liked the screenplay and agreed to do the film for free.”
“New director, small budget, tough conditions, no payment... It’s just the kind of thing that’s up my alley,” says Naseer, jokingly.