Sriram Raghavan: No Creative Differences on ‘Agent Vinod’

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April, 2012

MUMBAI: Besides his earlier two films, “Ek Hasina Thi” and “Johnny Gaddaar,” his upcoming “Agent Vinod” too, is a thriller and Indian director Sriram Raghavan says he is partial towards this genre of movies.

April, 2012

MUMBAI: Besides his earlier two films, “Ek Hasina Thi” and “Johnny Gaddaar,” his upcoming “Agent Vinod” too, is a thriller and Indian director Sriram Raghavan says he is partial towards this genre of movies.

“Ek Hasina Thi” (2004), a dark thriller starring Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar, received rave reviews upon release and Saif’s negative character was appreciated by all. His “Johnny Gaddaar” (2007), which marked the debut of actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, also received critical acclaim.

Now, Sriram is ready with yet another thriller: “Agent Vinod,” starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. It is currently in theaters.

“I think within a genre, we can show so many facets to a thriller,” Sriram told PTI in an interview.  “I am partial to thrillers but if somebody gives me a script like ‘The King’s Speech’ to do, I would love to do it too,” he said.

The delay in “Agent Vinod’s” release has been well chronicled in the media. “We could have released the film last year, but then we had to rush up on post-production and then coming up in the same zone as that of ‘Don 2,’ a successful franchise, and then ‘Mission Impossible,’ would not have been a good idea.

Hence we thought of pushing it ahead by three or four months,” he said. “Agent Vinod” also had its share of controversies. There were reports about the “creative differences” between the director and Saif; about the songs and dance sequences being done at the behest of Saif; and reports of the involvement of Saif on the editing table.

“It was a dream project for both of us in a way, so two people’s dreams cannot be in sync. Whenever I used to write the script, I would narrate it to him and he used to give feedback, saying ‘change this’ and stuff like that. I won’t call it a creative difference,” Sriram said.


Courtesy: PTI