RGV gets talking about making of Anukshanam, working with Vishnu Manchu and the psychology of serial killers.
In a career spanning over 25 years, Ram Gopal Varma has experimented with several genres of cinema. However, making a serial killer movie was high on his wish list. His longtime dream is finally coming true with Anukshanam, slated to release this Saturday (September 13). As he gets talking about the film, the excitement is evident.
"I'm a big fan of this genre and have seen a lot of documentaries and films based on the lives of psychopaths and serial killers, but I've never done one in my career. It isn't a regular cop vs gangster sort of story, which has been my forte. I believe that a scale of a film lies in its characters and higher the stakes, more gripping the drama turns out to be. On one hand, we have a bunch of cops,who have the responsibility to protect the lives of the citizens of the city and on the other hand, there's this killer spreading panic with a series of murders. There's plenty of tension in the air and it reflects on the characters as well," RGV shares, explaining why the film is different. Vishnu Manchu is playing the lead role in the movie, produced under 24 Frames Factory banner.
RGV is teaming up with Vishnu Manchu for the second time after Rowdy, and believes it's very brave of Vishnu to act in such a film. "I keep jumping genres, making experimental films, so it's easy for me to take up almost any subject. However, for an actor like Vishnu Manchu,who has been playing conventional lead roles for almost 10 years, acting in a film like this is a huge challenge. He had to act like a normal character and being the son of Mohan Babu, there's a big responsibility on his shoulders. He has done a terrific job in the film," RGV adds.
Apparently, the duo was very particular about creating the right mood and tone to depict the seriousness of the plot. "We kept discussing almost every dialogue and scene to check if it was working or not. We didn't experiment too much because it's based on conventional characters and the entire story boils down to one man's desperation to be a step ahead of the serial killer and capture him," he says.
Vishnu Manchu reckons that RGV has a criminal streak inside him which is reflected in the iconic criminal characters he's created onscreen. However, RGV offers an interesting analogy about his grasp of the psyche of a criminal. "I have read so much about snakes that I can tell him (snake) how its poison affects the enzymes of a human body which results in death. But I doubt if the snake will ever converse with me. My equation with the criminal mind is similar," he says, with a trademark tongue-in-cheek humour.
Admittedly, the character of the serial killer in the film is inspired from multiple sources. "I have read a lot about serial killers like Ted Bundy, Gary Ridgway and notorious Indian killers like Auto Shankar and Surendra Koli. Usually, most films based on such themes are slow-paced; however, we tried to inject a lot more pace and make it gripping for the Telugu version. It's going to be a thrilling experience," RGV signs off.