His last project was a documentary titled Fire In The Blood, which won honours in the international festival circuit and even a theatrical release in India. But Dylan Mohan Gray’s next project is likely to surprise people. The filmmaker, who has worked with acclaimed directors such as Fatih Akin, Peter Greenaway and Mira Nair, is now set to direct a Hindi feature film. Gray says he was approached by a major production house with a script. “They want me to direct their next. We are close to finalising everything and the announcement should come soon,” said the director, reluctant to reveal any further.
However, Gray’s own script is currently in the development stage. While it’s known that the script has been chosen for Mumbai Mantra Sundance Lab, few are aware that filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane has co-written it. Tentatively titled The Last Day of Winter, the story revolves around a 15-year-old boy in a dystopian India.
“It explores a setting in the future where the corruption in our country is as rampant as it is now. What would the country be like if that happened? The film tries to answer this question,” says Gray, adding that the story is told from the point-of-view of the boy. “He has very few choices and he has to take hard calls.”
The work on this project, says the director who recently released the DVD of Fire in the Blood, will continue at the script level for now, but it is likely to go into production only after he’s done directing the Hindi feature film.