BellBottom Director Says He Didn’t Use “Chest Shocks” In The Movie: “I’m Not Handling You To Feel High” | Bollywood


All the characters in the upcoming BellBottom spy thriller, including that of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, have been treated with maturity, director Ranjit M Tewari said.

The trailer for the film, presented by Akshay Kumar, made headlines after Lara Dutta’s look as Ms. Gandhi went viral courtesy prosthetic work by Vikram Gaikwad and his team.

BellBottom is a story-based 1980s film that follows an undercover RAW agent (Akshay), on a mission to rescue over 200 hostages from a hijacked Indian plane.

In an interview with PTI, Ranjit said the team made sure that no “cinematic freedom” was taken with the character of Ms. Gandhi.

“We were extremely responsible in writing this character. We didn’t think, ‘For cinematic freedom, let’s do this. “We were sure where we were going with this. The CBFC also adopted it without any cuts.”

The director said that the story of the film required the presence of Ms Gandhi and that there had been no attempt to use her for effect.

“There was no requirement for us to enter a space where unnecessary questions and problems are created. There was no requirement in the script. All of the characters in the film were treated with maturity from our side. “said the director, who made his debut. with Lucknow Central 2017 led by Farhan Akhtar, added.

Bell Bottom, also starring Vaani Kapoor and Huma Qureshi, is set to hit theaters on Thursday. It is the first major Hindi film to hit screens after theaters resumed activities in parts of the country after the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ranjit said his attempt with the film was to chronicle the lives of the spies and their selfless work for the country.

As a fan of spy films like the Bourne series with Matt Damon and Munich from filmmaker Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker was intrigued by the idea of ​​Bell Bottom.

For the film, Ranjit reunited with his Lucknow Central writer Aseem Arrora, as well as Parveez Shaikh.

The director said it was Aseem who approached him in 2019 for BellBottom after reading an actual incident in an article and book.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the spy world since I was a kid because they are unsung heroes that no one knows. They take so many risks, there is so much going on in the spy world. So that was it. extremely interesting for me to tell this story, ”said Ranjit.

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What Bell Bottom avoids, he added, is “manipulation” to evoke nationalistic sentiments.

“I make films that I care about. So in doing that, I didn’t think about the beating at all. There is no manipulation. I am not manipulating you to feel you get high.

“If the character is such, a moment is such that it requires a certain thing, it comes organically. If I have to show the tricolor and it is required at that time, it will come organically.”

Bell Bottom marks her first collaboration with Akshay, having witnessed the 2011 superstar drama Patiala House.

Speaking of the lead actor, Ranjit said that Akshay’s contribution to the film was beyond his acting abilities.

“Akshay sir brings with him a great experience. He has sat on the script several times, had multiple discussions. He is not trying to do anything other than the film world. All his efforts are simply aimed at improving the script, “he added.

(Written by Justin Rao)

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