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Filmmaker Satish Kasetty opens up on ‘Terror’

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The director talks of his inspiration to make ‘Terror’, a slick cop drama set against a terror backdrop.

Filmmaker Satish Kasetty, the director of the cop drama Terror (to release on February 26), is a man who prefers to do one thing at a time. As soon as he wrapped up his Nandi-award winner Kalavaramaye Madilo in 2009 (starring Kamal Kamaraju and Swathi Reddy), he was surprised to see many producers approaching him to direct films. However, he didn’t have a script on hand and that’s when he decided to write scripts and pitch it to producers. Over these years, he’d readied four to five scripts in different genres, a psychological thriller, a rom com, another love story and a cop tale (which got made as Terror).

“I was approaching actors and directors with multiple ideas and scripts. They kept suggesting changes, some re-drafting and nothing clicked. Then I had to reassert my priorities and pick one script that moved me the most in the current times. The success of films like Madras Café, A Wednesday, Baby was a motivator. That’s when I narrated the cop story against a terrorism backdrop to Srikanth. I found a producer in Shaikh Mastan who promised to get back in a year (which he did),” the three-film old director speaks up.

The choice of Srikanth to don the lead role was from a decision to cast an experienced actor. There’s a family thread involving a father-son conflict, on how a family is affected by his work. Srikanth’s character in the film has a ‘Mr Dependable’ tag to it. The film is his story with the terrorist attack thread being just a backdrop; he’s in a mission to curtail terror activity in the city. “Every time terror strikes, there are claims from the Intelligence Bureau of having issued a prior warning to the government. The film examines how one can even misuse it,” explains Satish on his inspiration to write Terror. Besides, it was his admiration for cops and army personnel that convinced him to go ahead.

Heroine Nikita Thukral too returns after a long gap in Telugu with Terror. Satish is candid enough to admit, it’s his first film where the women may not play a pivotal role. There’s the toast of the season Prudhviraj too, but Satish insists his role is not to provide mere comic relief; it adds value to the tale.

The 130 minute long filmcomes sans songs. “It’s a film that’ll arrest the attention of the audiences throughout. The length wasn’t pre-planned but the content has always been my assurance. We chose raw, real locations, placed hidden cameras in locations instead of an old-age police station set to lend authenticity to the film. The budget is small but you’ll never feel it,” he assures.

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