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Versatile: Filmmaker Major Ravi at an interaction with mediapersons at the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club on Saturday.
Versatile: Filmmaker Major Ravi at an interaction with mediapersons at the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Director Major Ravi has finally expressed his frustration through ‘Mission 90 days,’ a movie that provides an “inside account” on the Rajiv Gandhi assassination investigation.

The film, according to him, is a factual reproduction of how ‘Operation One-eyed Jack,’ which he (then Captain A.K. Ravindran) lead to nab Sivarasan, the mastermind behind the assassination, was scuttled due to the ‘selfishness’ of his superior officer.

“We lost the opportunity to nab Sivarasan and his accomplices alive due to the delay caused by one single individual who was in charge of our operations,” said Mr. Ravi during an interaction with mediapersons at the Press Club on Saturday.

“Though we tracked down the house were Sivarasan and his accomplices were staying, we were denied permission to act swiftly. The delay alerted the militants who committed suicide by consuming cyanide,” said Mr. Ravi.

“It was really a frustrating moment. I have given vent to all my suppressed emotions through the film…

“I would have been happy if I got killed in the encounter rather than capturing the militants dead,” he adds. “Though we succeeded in completing the investigation within 90 days of the assassination, I do not want to take any credit for it.” According to him the only ‘gimmick’ he has resorted to in the movie is the introduction of a song. “I wanted my film to be realistic to the core.

“There is nothing fictional in it. I knew the climax of the movie would be devoid of any excitement as people already knew the end,” he said.

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