MUMBAI ~ First Bollywood abandoned the tried and tested chudail formula for a more new-age ghoul fit for the big screen— the zombie. And now, they are bringing in vampires as well. Film producer Sidhartha Jain of iRock Media, who is behind the zombie movie Shaadi of the Dead, starring Abhay Deol, wants to be the man responsible for India’s first vampire movie.
“We want to make high concept movies for the youth. When we did our research, we realised that zombie and vampire movies, along with adult comedies, were hits with the youth all over the world. Such movies also have the possibility of becoming a franchise. So we worked for two years to make a script that wasn’t just a rip-off of a Hollywood movie.”
Bloody Veer, which Jain says should hit screens early 2013, is a coming-of-age film about a young boy who is grappling with the idea of being a vampire—and one in love.
However, it was the Ramsay brothers who first brought the vampire to India as early as in 1988, with Veerana, and then Bandh Darwaza in 1990 (which had a Dracula-like vampire who slept in a coffin by day, and transformed into a bat at night to hunt humans). Now, Jain may even have competition from director Satish Kaushik, with rumours doing the rounds that he’s making a vampire movie based on Shantanu Dhar’s book The Company RED. Last year, even Star One latched on to the Twilight phenomenon and launched its show about a romance between a vampire and a mortal, Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani, which ended in December 2011.
Jain, though, is sure that his movie will be very different. “The Ramsay aesthetic was very different. Ours is a Wake Up Sid-meets-vampire angle,” laughs Jain.
The first-look poster shows a pale-skinned guy and a tagline that says ‘half vampire, fully screwed’. Rumours suggest that Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and Prateik Babbar are being considered for the role of the gorgeous blood-thirsty monster. But Jain has rubbished this and says he is looking for a new face. All we can hope is our desi vampire is as desirable as Edward Cullen. And the heroine is not nearly as irritating as Bella Swan.▪