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Mo is a horror-comedy that deals with the real estate mafia, says Bhuvan Nullan

Debutant director Bhuvan Nullan’s horror-comedy Mo, starring Aishwarya Rajesh, is gearing up for release. “The story was ready a while back. By the time I landed a producer, many films had already come out in a similar genre. But, that gave us an advantage as we were able to create new situations and angles to make Mo unique,” says Bhuvan.

Having earned his stripes working with directors like Selva and Hosimin, Bhuvan has learned the art of script and screen writing. “Once you have understood that, your story is ready for the big screen. Besides this, the experience I’ve gained from making short films has given me the confidence to make Mo,” states Bhuvan.

So, what or who is Mo? “If I tell you what the title stands for, the film will lose it’s surprise! ” says Bhuvan.

The story revolves around a make-believe ghost created by a group of friends, who frequent suburban properties to thwart the attempts of unscrupulous real estate dealers.

“We needed an old building, and during our search, we found an old abandoned school in the suburbs, which fitted well with the storyline. We shot mostly during the night and there were times when we thought that the building was really haunted,” says Bhuvan.

The group of friends – Aishwarya Rajesh, Suresh Ravi, Ramesh Thilak and Siva – stage ghost appearances in remote neighbourhoods, and when the residents are thoroughly scared and convinced, they even offer services for ‘ghost eradication’, making money in the bargain.

Shades of Ghostbusters? “Not really on those lines. The scenes may seem to be serious in nature, but the audience will see the humour aspect and have a good laugh,” explains Bhuvan.

Bhuvan has not used the usual pyrotechnics and gimmickry in tackling the subject of ghosts, as is normally done for such movies.

“Instead, I have only used cinematography with a choice of realistic angles. Shooting at night in the old building itself has lent a sort of eeriness to the film, and we didn’t have to resort to anything artificial to get the right effect. ”

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