Ram Gopal Varma prefers to use real life plots as themes for his movies. After playing up the Neeraj Grover murder case in Not A Love Story (2011), the producer-director’s docu-drama based on the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai goes on the floors today. “We’ve dramatised parts of the story that can’t be verified,” he says, adding, “There are no songs but we have a background score for effect.”
To capture the authenticity of the real life carnage, RGV has roped in writer Rommel Rodrigues who authored the book Kasab: The Face Of 26/11, as his associate director. The Satya (1998) director plans to show the action behind the scenes. The film will focus on what Kasab and other terrorists did till they were captured by Tukaram Ombale at Girgaum Chowpatty, and the attempts made by the heroic cops to stop the act of violence that went on for over 60 hours.
A unit source reveals, “Ramu took two months to select his final cast from over a hundred new actors, to make sure the ones we get match the looks of the real terrorists. He will shoot at real locations, including the boat Kuber used by the terrorists to enter the city’s limits.”
The source adds that everything including the clothes, shoes and the names of the five slain terrorists will be retained in the film. He says, “It will be as good as a documentary laced with true cinematic experience.”