By Priyanka Bhadani
Haraamkhor, a film from Anurag Kashyap’s camp was completed last year, is currently being given the final touches. It will be seen making rounds of film festivals across the globe before it releases in India. The film directed by Shlok Sharma, one of the youngest directors working under the Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt Ltd. (AKFPL) banner, stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and newcomer Shweta Tripathi in lead roles. The story revolving around a lecherous teacher hitting one of his students, was written in three days. “We did pre-production work for 12 days before we went on floor. The film was wrapped up within 16 days. The background score of the film is complete. Now, the final print is being worked upon. We would be ready with it by the first week of July,” says Sharma, who came into the limelight with short films like Tubelight Ka Chand and Hidden Cricket.
In the last few years, while some of the small-budget films have got tremendous support from the industry, others with hard-hitting subjects like Haraamkhor haven’t seen the light of the day. Peddlers, Monsoon Shootout and Ugly are others from the AKFPL banner that have got critical acclaim at festivals, but have been stuck for theatrical release.
The director says that getting a film with an off-beat and dark plot line released is a tough task. “Everyone wants returns and that makes it even more difficult. I don’t mind if it takes a little while, but I want my film to get a good release, the way Delhi Belly was released after three years, instead of a mandatory release at select theatres at odd-timings.” Sharma is however optimistic that the film will be released by the year-end.