Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma was so blown away by director James Cameron’s Avatar that he has chosen to make an 3D adventure film even before he makes a 3D horror one. According to sources, actor John Abraham will play the lead in the movie, tentatively titled Raksha.
In his blog, Varma admits that “making a mere horror film in 3D is not enough, especially if it’s going to be the first 3D film ever in Indian cinema.” The filmmaker adds that “the subject matter should be novel and deserving enough, and also wider in both scope and sale than anything that has been seen so far.”
After some deliberation, Varma decided to make an adventure since that is one genre that rarely fails in Bollywood. Admitting to his fascination with Hollywood adventure films, Varma says that men who dare to go on dangerous missions always make for compelling story-telling. Raksha is a treasure hunt triggered off when Abraham’s character chances upon a clue in ancient history.
Varma will collaborate with technicians from the UK and the US for the action scenes. “Considering the kind of action that is being planned, John will have to tone down his physique for a slightly leaner look. He will have to train for a couple of weeks before we start shooting later this year,” reveals a source from the unit.
On being contacted, Varma insisted that they were still working on the film’s script. “It’s definitely a film I’d like to make after Rakta Charitra. But I can talk about it in details only when things are more or less finalised,” he said.
Asked if Abraham was playing the lead, Varma replied, “John will be there but there’s still a lot of work to be done on the script and pre-production before we can talk about Raksha.”