Ekta Kapoor is a bundle of nerves. She's already riding high on the success of 'Shor In The City' that hit theatres last week, but with paranormal thriller 'Ragini MMS' set to release this Friday, Ekta's got her fingers crossed that a horror flick will finally click with the Indian audiences. in.com caught her in a chatty mood as she let us in on her love for scary movies, sex in Hindi films and just what she feels for Radhika Apte.
Superstition to spell luck?
'Ragini MMS' releases on May 13 and there are no coincidences about the date. Ekta said, "Friday the 13th is an ominous day. It has an aura of the unknown, of past lives, of regression and there are lots of stories and myths surrounding the same. And since Ragini MMS deals with paranormal activity, what better date to release the scariest movie ever made?"
She admits that she's nervous, given that horror films haven't always worked at the box office. "I love scary movies but there have only had caricature-like ones made so far. Abroad, horror films are often released in the summer but in India, our tastes are different and so I'm really hoping that the audiences take to it. Ragini MMS is as scary as it gets. There's a couple spending time together but they don't know that there's a third person in the room with them," said Ekta whose favourite horror films have been Ram Gopal Varma's 'Raat', Padmini Kohlapure-starrer 'Gehrayee' and Hollywood hit 'The Grudge'.
'Sex is only a small aspect'
Last year, the breakthrough flick 'Love, Sex aur Dhokha' produced by Balaji was a success. Has it then been a conscious decision to choose controversial topics? "I'm choosing topics that I want to see made. If we claim to be a young and clutter-breaking company, then we need to do what youngsters today want to see. Today's young people are comfortable about their sexuality and while we're not screaming sex, we're not shying away from it either," she said.
The all-important censor board screening will come up this week and she's got her fingers crossed. "I hope they will be sensible and understand the need for the lovemaking scenes in the film. The sex is what you'd expect from a couple who've gone away for a naughty weekend. But that is just a small aspect. My film has far less raunchier than conventional films that pass go. It's just that the scenes look so natural and comfortable that it seems bold," she said.
Shor In the City
Meanwhile, Ekta can't stop smiling about the success of 'Shor In The City'. "I've got calls from the world over about how good the film is and we've been showered with offers to screen the movie at festivals. I'm really humbled," she said. Compliments about Tusshar's performance have also been pouring in. "Everyone's been jumping at me and saying 'Where has this Tusshar been all this while?' I'm so glad this film has lent him the credibility that he had and deserved," gushed Ekta.
And what of Radhika Apte who she made mention of on the chat show 'Koffee With Karan' as her brother's supposed beau? Ekta laughs, "I wouldn't want to say anything. Radhika Apte is a nice girl and I'm sure she's happy...wherever she is."
Karan Johar faceoff?
According to news reports, Karan Johar's 'Agneepath' and Ekta's 'Shootout in Wadala' are both going to be based on the lives of notorious gangster Manya Surve. So is Ekta worried about a clash?
"Nah, we're too new in the film industry to take on Karan. Plus he's also a personal friend and I wouldn't want to jeopardize that. The scripting of Shootout in Wadala is yet to begin and even then, the styles of filmmaking are so different that I hardly think they'll be any clash," said Ekta.
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