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Is Naksha Sachin's route to success?

Sachin Bajaj?s debut film is on the lines of Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones. Diganta Guha shares the details.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 18:17 IST

His debut project Baraat with Viveik Oberoi in the lead didn’t get going. But Sachin Bajaj, who has assisted directors such as Indra Kumar and Shankar and directed short films for Ashok Amritraj (Jungle Boy and Inferno), wasn’t deterred.
The son of distributor Tolu Bajaj — who has been associated with filmmakers like Prakash Mehra and Subhash Ghai — is making an action-adventure movie, Naksha, starring Viveik, Sunny Deol, Sameera Reddy and Jackie Shroff.

The idea for the two-hour-five-minute film shot in Mumbai, Panchgani, Manali, Bangkok and New Zealand, was “in the back of my mind”, says Sachin. “I don’t think such a genre has been tried in years. It’s on the lines of Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones,” he says.

“I wouldn’t say it is something different, but I wanted to start a new route as the audience wants to see a change, ” says Sachin, a die-hard movie buff.
The story is about a map that gives man immortality. A professor dies protecting it and his sons (Sunny and Viveik) take up the challenge. “It’s God’s armour. The map has powers with mythological connotations,” says the director.

A still from Naksha

There are a lot of thrill elements in the film, which has a lot of emotions, says Sachin, who is an admirer of directors such as Stephen Spielberg, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rakesh Roshan and Karan Johar.


, which has been mostly shot outdoors, isn’t grand. “You don’t have lavish sets. The reason that I mostly shot outdoors is because the script demanded it,” says the director, who is now busy in the post-production of the film.

There is a battle between good and evil in the movie, just like in typical commercial films, with Jackie Shroff playing the bad guy. “When you have Sunny in the film, you need to have somebody who can stand up to him?” asks Sachin.

Sunny will be seen in a new avatar. His “eyes speak a thousand words” in the film, says the director.

“Sam (Sameera) has the physicality for the role. She plays a TV journalist who gets involved with the mission in the jungle,” says the director, adding that she has a love and hate relationship with Viveik in the film that releases in August.

First Published: Jun 29, 2006 02:00 IST