We all have the primordial fear about the element of the unknown and who better than Ram Gopal Verma to bring it out in a stark motif as he thrives in the situations where inter-personal relations have to be explained at the personal levels. So AGYAAT is one more addition to his oeuvre of venturing into the element of unknown, a journey that started with RAAT and went on to write new definitions of the element of fear with BHOOT that incidentally got Urmila Matondkar a Filmfare award as well, and went on to new frontiers with PHOONK and VAASTUSHASTRA.
Ram Gopal Verma being a Hyderabadi either has used the backdrop or the actors from the Telugu film industry throughout his film journey and in AGYAAT the same is reflected in a stark motif. So in AGYAAT he returns back with Hyderabadi hero Nitin Reddy, who is making his debut through this film in the world of Hindi cinema. The idea seems to be to pander to his Telugu fans back in Hyderabad who are mesmerized by the charm of the unknown as well, and to ensure that AGYAAT hits the bull's eye at the box office.
Hyderabad is one of the rare territories in the country where there is a tremendous fan following for the genre of horror and could this be one of the reasons that Ram Gopal Verma keeps on experimenting with this genre on a regular basis.
AGYAAT is a film that has shot in the virgin forests of Sri Lanka, one of the first films that have been shot extensively in Sri Lanka. Ram Gopal Verma interestingly enough, as it has become the trend, has situated the story within the context of a film unit that is marooned in the jungle while shooting for a film. The insecurities that are associated with a film crew, right from the superstar to the female lead to the director, everybody has been focused upon with the inimitable touch of Ram Gopal Verma.
A controversy has already been created with the film by placing the dummy of a dead man at city squares and Ram Gopal Verma even during the premier of the film used it as a singular prop, thereby underlying the fact that the dead-man holds the key in AGYAAT. As a marketing initiative it is a fantastic film as it does not have main stars so the costing of the film has been kept on a tight leash.
The success of a film at the box office as a matter of fact is AGYAAT and may be by using the realm of the unknown Ram Gopal Verma could be able to conquer this element of AGYAAT.