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Lootcase director Rajesh Krishnan: Every incident in the film is inspired by real life

Director Rajesh Krishnan on Lootcase, its digital release on Disney Plus Hotstar and working with Kunal Kemmu, Gajraj Rao, Vijay Raaz, Rasika Dugal and Ranvir Shorey.

Written by Kriti Sonali | Bengaluru | Updated: July 30, 2020 10:20:36 am
Lootcase director Rajesh Krishnan, Kunal Khemu Lootcase director Rajesh Krishnan shares how the film took inspiration from real life. (Photo: Kunal Kemmu/Instagram)

Rajesh Krishnan, who is a popular name in the ad world and even helmed hit web series TVF Tripling, is excited about the release of his directorial debut – Lootcase.

The plot of Lootcase revolves around a middle-aged family man who comes across a suitcase full of money. The film is set to premiere on Disney Plus Hotstar on July 31.

In an exclusive interview with indianexpress.com, director Rajesh Krishnan talks about Lootcase, its digital release and more.

Here are excerpts from the conversation:

Q. How is directing a film different from working on a web series?

I have been associated with ad films and then got to shoot these long formats. I believe the skills are the same. The shift was quite seamless. On any film set, nothing goes as planned, if it does, it’s a rarity. Only the nature of the graph differs when it comes to a feature film and the skills just need to be converted in the required manner.

Q. How was it working with such a varied cast in Lootcase?

I was so glad that these actors came on board. I was really nervous on the first day of the narration, as I was going to work with some of the biggest names. The only way to convince them and still feel like a director was to make them buy my vision. I started by telling them that we are not doing a comedy film and they are playing very serious parts. Their situation ensures humour.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the story of Lootcase?

Every incident in the film has inspiration from real life. The film is not really about people chasing money. It is about a guy’s inability to deal with the fact that he’s found a suitcase full of money. Our decision was to do a film which audience of all age groups can watch in India. There is zero adult content in the film and honestly, that is an achievement for us.

Lootcase director Rajesh Krishnan with actor Kunal Khemu Rajesh Krishnan and Kunal Kemmu on the sets of Lootcase. (Photo: Kunal Kemmu/Instagram)

Q. Was the decision to release the film on a streaming platform difficult?

I am a theater person and Lootcase being my first, I really wanted to see it releasing on a big screen. When a film is in the cinemas, you get to know people’s reactions just after a show ends and now when it will be on this OTT platform, we need to wait for people to come up and share their views on social media. Though, considering the time, I am happy that my film will be finally releasing and will be viewed by millions.

There is so much going on around us due to this deadly virus. People are sad, depressed, a few have even lost their jobs. And all this is so unfortunate. If our film beings a little smile on people’s faces, it will be a success.

Read: Rajesh Krishnan is like a mix of Woody Allen and Guy Ritchie: Lootcase actor Gajraj Rao

Q. Do you see a Shakuntala Devi and Raat Akeli Hai as a competition since they are releasing simultaneously?

Our film is set as a comedy-drama while the other two are of totally different genres. There will be a lot of variety for viewers and I do not see it as a competition. I wish and pray that all three films get a lot of love.

Q. What’s next? 

I have a book in mind which I want to document. The work is still in progress and we are yet to decide if it will be a web series or a film.

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