Sanjay Gupta warns the weak-hearted about his film `Zinda'
A rendezvous with Sanjay Dutt often leaves scribes high and dry, for he is a man of few words. For electronic channels, he is usually not a `sound byte' man and for the print media, if not his words, only his gesticulations form the periphery of a story. Till date, Dutt hasn't changed. Taking a leaf from him is Sanjay Gupta, who has written and directed Zinda, produced by Dutt himself with Nitin Manmohan. He seems to have pledged himself to silence as far as the storyline of this film is concerned. But he doesn't mind stirring up curiosity by stating, "This film is not for the weak-hearted, mind you." Says Gupta, "I have been maintaining silence about the theme of the film. The only thing I can tell you is that it is not the usual formula film. It has got a contemporary content. It is a song-less, dark thriller with an extremely interesting story without any positive and negative shades. It will tell you that every good man has a negative side to him and vice-versa." The storyline, as the grapevine has it, is about a man, played by Dutt, who is thrown behind bars for no fault of his own. He wonders in the few reels of the film why he is behind bars. In the later parts, he wonders why is he released suddenly after 14 years of detention and is kept alive (zinda). This is the question that troubles his mind and hence the title. The audience would witness the fruit of 40 days of shooting in Bangkok's China Town squeezed into less than three hours. Gupta justifies, "The story is based on events taking place in China Town. So, the entire film is shot there." The presence of the bare-all, dare all Celina Jaitley and Lara Dutta doesn't rule out skin show, but Gupta counters, "They are integral to the story. I haven't shown them as glam dolls." Since Celina plays Dutt's newlywed and Lara a seductress, his statement is open to conjecture. This highly stylised film that is shot mostly in the dark with Dutt donning a crude look and John Abraham apparently in negative shades, Gupta says, has been "most exhausting" among all his films. The film is scheduled to reach theatres this coming Friday. RANA SIDDIQUI