May 28, 2013 07:23:37 PM IST updated May 29, 2013 10:33:10 AM IST By Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
D-DAY has done the unthinkable. In its theatrical promo, the very opening shot begins with Karachi (Pakistan) and the blasts that follow. With the central character (played by Rishi Kapoor) based on global terrorist and 'unsung heroes' (Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal) hunting him down all the way in the neighbouring country, one wonders about the feasibility of this Nikhil Advani directed film releasing there.
On his part, Nikhil is cool though and feels that there is no trouble per se awaiting his film. "No one is targeting Pakistan here," he says.
These are sensitive matters though. Years ago it was Aamir Khan's SARFAROSHthat called a spade a spade by quoting Pakistan instead of usually spoken about 'padosi mulk'. Last year when Saif Ali Khan brought his AGENT VINOD with Kareena Kapoor playing a Pakistani spy, there was quite some brouhaha surrounding the film.
Now Nikhil had made no attempts whatsoever to camouflage anything and has made it crystal clear that the film is set in Pakistan with India's most wanted terrorist in there.
"Well, the story is set there but that doesn't mean we are showing the country in poor light. Based on a three minute promo, how can you judge the entire set of characters or the film? You can't be expected to know how the country is actually shown in the film," wonders Nikhil.
While a move like this has been rather brave on Nikhil's part, it would be interesting to see how the country reacts now.
As for the tagline "India strikes back' being as unpretentious as it gets, Nikhil wonders, "But where are we striking back on a country here? The war is on terrorism and this is what we are showing. It is high time we started seeing films for what they are instead of trivialising the issues."
We hope that indeed is the case as looking at this ensemble affair, D-DAY is indeed promising some volatile stuff in the offering with a good element of realism thrown in.