‘I want the government and the Maoists to see the film’
Director Anant Mahadevan has used Maoists’ real dialogue in Red Alert.india Updated: Jun 22, 2010 13:49 IST
While the government continues to battle the Maoist menace, actor-director Anant Mahadevan’s Red Alert: The War Within, is ready with original statements made by the activist group.
“I want the government and the Maoists to see the film. I think this is the best time to release it,” says Mahadevan. The dialogue for the film has been extracted from the actual statements issued by the Maoists.
“Writer Aruna Raje and I downloaded interviews of the Maoists and the cops from the Internet as part of our extensive research. The lines were volatile enough to inspire us to use them verbatim in the film,” admits Mahadevan.
The film toplines Naseeruddin Shah, Vinod Khanna, Seema Biswas, Suneil Shetty Sameera Reddy, Ayesha Dharker among others.
Red Alert: The War Within is about a farmer who opens a mess to make ends meet and discovered that the customers were Maoists.
“His spell-binding experience reflects the present scenario. I decided to depict the story the way it happened. The Maoist movement is also called Red Alert; so decided to title my film just that,” says Mahadevan.
The director has also roped in real life journalists from Denmark. The BNN Channel shown in the film is a real Danish channel. The film has travelled to four festivals including Stuttgart Film Festival and the South Asian International Film Festival.