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Prawaal se Darna Zaroori Hai!

The director promises to scare us with his new adventure, writes Johnny D.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 16:56 IST

Prawal Raman has always dared to be different. He’s one director who broke the mundane norms of filmmaking with his directorial debut Darna ManaHai, though hissecond adventurous offering, Gayab, which had an element of invisibility, disappeared at the box-office too.

Not one to give up on different themes, he is back again, this time with a team of five other directors. Yes, he is here to scare the hell out of audiences. However, the guy smiles and says, “I’m a movie buff and love to create something interesting. That is how Darna Mana Hai and now Darna Zaroori Hai was born.”

Prawaal landed in Mumbai in 1998 and was lucky to assist Ram Gopal Varma, his mentor, in films like Jungle and Company. He has a high regard for Ramu and discloses, “He’s like a teacher, who’s always there to solve your anxieties, correct your mistakes and teach you the fine nuance of living (read creating) life to its fullest. In fact, I have imbibed many qualities ever since I assisted him for Jungle.”

Prawal Raman broke the mundane norms of filmmaking with his directorial debut Darna Mana Hai. He promises to scare audience with Darna Zaroori Hai.

A shy guy by nature, Prawaal loves painting and the artist in him has surely helped him in creating

Darna Zaroori Hai

. However, he reveals, “I was inspired by the TV series

Days of The Crib

, which had the similar plot line like my first film.”

After his Darna Mana Hai and Gayab, Prawaal has been keeping low and quietly making his film Darna Zaroori Hai. The film stars Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu. He says, “The idea was bounced off to Ramu sir and he liked it instantly. This is for the very first time that six directors will be involved in a film. Six directors, six stories and one film – this is first of its kind in the world of cinema. We all are very kicked about it and hopefully people should love the nouvelle concept. The film is expected to released in April.”

How does it feel to be a pioneer in new way of filmmaking? He laughs and says, “After Darna Mana Hai, many other filmmakers have tried making different stories in a film. What separates us (RGV banner) is that all the six stories were different, where as in other films one could see the same character being repeated and the story continues to end as one story.” Ram Gopal Varma, Prawaal Raman, Jiji Philips, Sajid Khan, JD Chakravarty, Manish Gupta and Vivek Shah have directed the six stories. Prawaal adds, “There are seven directors but six stories because the first story directed by Sajid Khan is like an introduction to the film and then six stories unfolds one after the other.”

Prawaal believes in unlearning things “so that you can create new things.” He further adds, “Life is to be lived forward, so why look back and make yourself miserable (hinting at Gayab)!”

With such a philosophy, Prawaal is looking ahead for Darna Zaroori Hai. So what does he think as a filmmaker? He’s honest enough to conclude, “Filmmaking surely is a director’s medium but it (a film) is a team effort, which converts the director’s dream into reality.”