Mohit Suri is one scared soul these days. Reason? The director, who is making Bollywood’s costliest horror film, Raaz — the Mystery Continues, says he is concerned whether his film will really be able to scare people. “It’s easy to make people cry, laugh or fall in love. But it’s difficult to frighten them. Being a director one is in dilemma if he is doing enough,” says Suri.
“Horror has been a neglected genre. Bollywood has only produced B-grade horror films, which would generally have new comers or some rich and aspiring filmmaker,” he said on being asked why he chose to make Raaz.
Mohit says his film plot revolves around various people who have had similar spooky incidents happening in their lives.
“There’s a girl, who is rational, independent and lives in with her boyfriend. She suddenly starts experiencing paranormal things. Then there’s a creative guy, who believes in supernatural existence. Even a gora, living far away in another city, is boggled by such things. It’s a story about how all of them are connected by this one Raaz,” he says, adding Raaz is not inspired by any western theory, “Raaz is purely based on Indian beliefs. The basic premise is that everyone has a dual personality.”
And to bring reality on screen, Mohit had gone to remote interiors of the country, seeking real life spooky tales from people. “One would often hear spooky tales from villages. We traced out 50 such places and visited these places to hear the tales,” he says.
On being asked if there’s anything that psyched him out he says, “We had to shoot a scene where Emraan’s character visits a haunted place, where aghoris pray to the dead in wake of connecting with them. That night our cameras didn’t work, lights fused. It was so scary.”
Raaz... is releasing on January 23, and Mohit wants to think relistically. “Every one who has watched the film has loved it. But that includes people who were paid to be part of this film. It’s time that people, who would pay to watch the film, should also like it,” says Mohit, before taking our permission to go back to edit table.