In the summer season of heated debates round The Kerala Story, right here comes a movie that ought to heat the cockles of many a coronary heart, and make movie viewing a household expertise another time. That is what the younger director Ankit Hans assures about his low-key Auhaam, a “romantic thriller”.
“In recent weeks, we have heard or seen a high-strung film dealing with a sensitive subject. Auhaam, on the other hand, is the kind of film a family can watch together without anybody feeling embarrassed. A romantic thriller, it has emotion, love, suspense and action,” he says. All the weather come wrapped across the story of a person looking for his lacking spouse, with the assistance of a cop.
Hans is clearly thrilled with what he has put collectively for cine-goers. “I had goosebumps during the press show in Delhi earlier this week. Initially, I was nervous about the reaction of the press and the audiences; but in the end, many people could not make out that it was my directorial debut,” says Hans.
For the uninitiated, Hans has been a famous actor who ended up with the director’s baton virtually by default. It all began in the course of the Covid-induced lockdown. “Like so many upcoming actors, I too was at home, waiting for things to open up, shooting to resume. There was not much to do and confidence was at a low ebb. I was not very sure about the path ahead,” he recollects. That is when a few pals narrated the story of Auhaam to him. It gave his life a brand new which means.
“My friends, Hriday Singh and Mukul Verma narrated the story and I got hooked to it. I drew visual imagery of the film there itself. However, production houses and known directors did not agree to come on board. The subject, however, was too good to be left pending for another day. So my friends and crew members suggested that I direct the movie. Initially surprised at the proposal, I took it up.”
Wasn’t he nervous donning the hat for the primary time, extra in order he had not been an assistant director both? “I was a little nervous as I had no experience. But then I recalled that as an actor, I had kept a close eye on the directors I worked with. Often, after doing my scene, I would stand behind the director and watch how he would film the next shot. That experience proved useful while directing Auhaam. I imagined how a person standing behind me would react,” he shares.
It wasn’t straightforward although. The finances was restricted and the capturing schedules had been tight. “We shot the film across eight months last year at live locations. We have used the actual railway station at Dibai (in western Uttar Pradesh), a police station, and even dangal/akhara. (ring/arena) Only for a few shots inside a train, did we have to book a studio I believe live locations lend authenticity and help maintain a certain tempo in the film,” says Hans who has spent lengthy years in Delhi.
The movie, catering largely to multiplex, city audiences, is releasing at 125 halls throughout India and in addition in Nepal concurrently at the moment.