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Perfect plot for a ‘disaster movie’

entertainment Updated: Apr 19, 2012 14:06 IST
Abhay Deol

Can I just say that after the Japan earthquake, I’m s**t scared of having a nuclear power plant in my backyard? Maybe working in movies has made me a bit paranoid. But I’m supposed to be a hero! A hero would not be scared.

In my head, a situation like that is the perfect plot for a disaster movie. Actually, I think I will write one right now! So, NGOs have been in the news lately for being ‘anti-national’ and for being funded by foreigners who don’t want our country to progress (for whatever reason). Hmm, our hero could be involved with an NGO. I mean let’s face it, as much as NGOs can be used as a front by people, politicians and MNCs, many of them do really work.

Throw in a ‘people’s movement,’ a charismatic leader, state politics etc. But what is the story? Perhaps I can fictionalise a story that’s actually happening? Instead of the people's movement against nuclear energy, my hero could lead a people’s movement called PAIN? In real life, spearheading this movement is a man called SP Udayakumar, who apparently has 98 criminal cases against him. Wow! He should stand for office! I love this. My hero too can be a much-loved and respected, um, criminal.

So this is turning out to be a South film. Good, that would mean we can have a curvy actress as opposed to a paper-thin one. I love the South! Since this is supposed to be a people’s movement and it involves energy, there can only be two obvious villains — the government and the corporates. Oh, how I love making movies, so many times the stories just write themselves! The plot thickens. Political leaders are all accusing each other. And how will it end? Will the hero end up in prison? Or will the state believe that fishermen, terrified at the sight of Fukushima, might have reason to fear the nuclear plant in their backyard. I have a promo already!