Though it has been a subject that keeps on being visited on a regular basis by Hollywood, i.e. going for a treasure hunt inside the water, now for the first time (in Bollywood) a treasure hunt film BLUE with the under waters as the background is going to hit the silver screen in a short time from now. The name in itself is an enigma as Blue is one of the colors whose interpretations keep on getting manifested over the years.
May be, the treasure hunt in water has not been a subject with the Indian film making fraternity owing to the fact that there are hardly any historical references about a ship laden with goods drowning off the Indian coasts. As a matter of fact the ships used to start from the Indian coasts laden with the booty and were either pirated, or drowned in the Pacific Ocean towards their final destination to different European countries, and this is one of the reasons why Hollywood keeps on revisiting these topics, as they have got abundant source material to back upon. The success of THE PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN is a monumental testimony to the interest that films of this genre continue to evince, among the aficionados around the world. No wonder BLUE is also situated in the Pacific Island and not in any country of the Indian Ocean.
It is not for the first time that Indian films have ventured into the genre of treasure hunt. The difference in the Indian context lies in the fact that the treasure hunt is from museums or exhibitions. The first film that had evinced an interest was JEWEL THIEF. But a film that was in the genre of a mission to search the treasure was KALA SONA made by Sanjay Khan. The first film that really underlined the importance of treasure hunt was SHALIMAR made in 1978. It again had an inspiration from Hollywood in the form of Krishan Shah and DAULAT KI JUNG followed it in 1992. Subsequently treasure hunt was underlined to an extent in CASH.
BLUE is a different treasure hunt movie as it would be for the first time that underwater details have been used as a motif in a big way. Besides, for the first time a mainstream female star is a part of the heist in the form of Lara Dutta to evince the interest of the audience in the film. Indeed presence of Lara Dutta in the film has already started evincing interest and when BLUE finally extends its charm on the screen it would be watched with interest whether the first really treasure hunt film of India has arrived or not?