'I didn't question Vikram on '1920 - Evil Returns' '- Aftab Shivdasani
By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 29 October 2012
Out of those 35 odd films that Aftab Shivdasani has done as a leading man in last 13 years, a good eight in number have been with Vikram Bhatt as a director. Though they haven't collaborated since 2007, what with their last film together being Speed, Aftab is now returning with Vikram Bhatt produced 1920 - Evil Returns which is directed by first timer Bhushan Patel. As per the actor though, despite the fact that the film wasn't being directed by his thick buddy Vikram, he didn't even think about not doing it and point blank said 'yes' to the offer that came his way.
"I didn't even question Vikram because he has been doing so well in this genre. He has had so many successes there whereas for me, 1920 - Evil Returns is an introduction into this genre. Everything that I did during the shoot was akin to learning on the job. I also realised during this process that a horror film is much more difficult to do than a love story or a comedy. The whole structure of the narrative changes while movement of the camera has a different context to as well. At times, you have to create a feel as if there is a ghost right behind your shoulder; it is spooky no less", says Aftab for whom this is his first horror film.
In a way even Aftab trusted himself to be in good hands since the makers as well as the genre promised box-office success for him.
"Yes, I was very comfortable working with Vikram's production because it felt like home. After working with him on eight films, there is so much of comfort factor between us that other than being just anactor-director, we also understand each other very well as friends. Moreover, I am well aware of the fact that Vikram is very passionate about what he does. He is not here just to make films for fun or games; he is here because there are so many stories in his mind that are waiting to be told", smiles Aftab.
Now that his 1920 - Evil Returns is all set for release, Aftab is looking forward to audience giving it a green signal.
"Honestly, I am just hoping that after liking promos and songs, people step into theatres and appreciate the film as a whole", says Aftab, "Recently I saw the film's visuals for the first time in a preview and it turned out to be an altogether different experience despite the fact that it was my own. With VFX, sound, background score and the final edit coming in, '1920 - Evil Returns' is looking scarier and bigger than ever before. All I want to tell people is that if you indeed plan to watch the film, please do so on the big screen for the best experience. The film deserves that."