Riteish Deshmukh will have to wait a while longer for Ram Gopal Varma’s 3D horror film, Warning. The filmmaker was blown away by James Cameron’s Avatar and has chosen to make an 3D adventure film first. And according to reliable sources, 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 with the new enhanced technology developed since the days of Chhota Chetan."
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.”
So 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 like MacKenna’s Gold and Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Varma argues 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.
The film is set in mountainous locations with giant waves lashing against sharply dropping cliffs to add to the 3D effect.
New age action
Varma will collaborate with technicians from the UK and the US on high-voltage action scenes. He will be playing around with a wide range of dynamically different characters lead by Abraham who is reportedly excited about venturing into a new territory.
The rest of the cast should be finalised in about a month. “Considering the kind of action that is being planned, John will have to tone down his physique for a slightly leaner look. He will ahave to train for a couple of weeks before we start shooting later this year,” reveals a source from the unit. While Abraham was unavailable for comment, Varma insisted that they were still working on the script of Raksha.
“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 finalsied,” he demurred.
When 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.”