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A hit may happen



WAITING FOR SPECIAL EFFECTS: Wilson Louis in New Delhi. Photo: R.V.Moorthy.

WILSON LOUIS had this habit of reading unexplained mysteries, which only gained momentum once he met a farmer in Nasik during his college days. "He was a strange man. He would perform strange activities and predict future and most of the times, it used to prove accurate," and that's what whipped up in him a desire to make a film on mystery. And the result is his first film as a director called Ho Sakta Hai releasing shortly.

Before the film kisses the silver screen, it has already won the award for technical brilliance at the International Segate Award held at Mumbai last year. This award is instituted by Broadcast India for technical expertise and is organised by FX Factory' Ramesh Meer who along with Wilson is considered pioneer of special effects in India. Wilson, who also was nominated in three categories Best Visual Effect, Best Animation and Best Logo Animation here, has received award for Best 3D animation for a scene depicting a falling chandelier in this film. Louis has already won International Segate Award last year for his short film titled 6X4.

Elated at the award, Wilson says, "I wanted to attend IFFI at Goa so I called up the organiser to arrange for the passes. He asked me who was I. I said I am a filmmaker. He insisted on having my name. Within 10 minutes of telling my name and this film, I was handed over the pass. It was thrilling," recalls this Physics graduate from Pune.

Ho Sakta Hai, Wilson claims is the first Indian film on black magic. And he uses tribal African phenomenon of using voodoo dolls for executing black magic. "Through voodoo dolls practitioners of black magic target their victim". And in the film, debutante Parvati Menon, a financially feeble woman eyes the bungalow next door and hence targets the child at home to kill the family members, viz grandfather played by Victor Banerjee, and his son Rahul played by popular model Khalid Siddiqui.

Distributor problems

But why a first film on such a subject which may not find many takers?

"I am not bothered about its box office results. Even if it flops, people will at least say that I attempted such a subject," says Wilson who however views that such films can also be reckoned among popular films if only distributors' vicious circle breaks down. "Unfortunately most distributors are semi-literate. Whenever a filmmaker like me goes to them with their film, they bluntly ask, `ismain gaane kitne hain? Sex kitna hai? Hero, heroine kaun hai and so on. When I told them it is a songless afair with no vulgarity and hero-heroine, he declared that it won't sell. You know everything is in their hands. Bollywood has hundreds of talented directors but distributors' world just don't let them go ahead," he moans.

This film, Wilson claims has 45 minutes of special effects and lots of fast cuts. "I control post production also. Since I know the job, I could come out with Victor Banerjee's overlapping, moving shot showing his past and present together without moving the camera. If I had imported this technique from Hollywood it might have cost me two to three lakhs but I managed it only in 15,000," recounts a happy Wilson.

But his next films are entirely on different subjects. One is comedy film on Jane Bhi Do Yaron line and another is Superstar, a tailor-made film for Amitabh Bachchan. "Superstar is about an ageing celebrity actor who is slowly losing control over his mind but he tries to manage it with dignity. And lastly dies only as a superstar," reveals Wilson.

Now it's time to wait and watch how many stars he manages to store in his kitty when Ho Sakta Hai kisses the theatres.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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