Director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat On The Sensational Response To The Trailer Of Kill | Exclusive

Following the trailer release of the film Kill, the trade and media outlets have been buzzing with extensive coverage and analysis. Zoom, in particular, conducted an interview with the director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat just hours after the trailer launch, delving into the details and insights behind the upcoming movie. Read on.
Director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat On The Sensational Response To The Trailer Of Kill | Exclusive

Director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat On The Sensational Response To The Trailer Of Kill | Exclusive

The trade has gone into overkill after the trailer of Kill. Zoom had a conversation with the director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat hours after the trailer launch.
In this riveting conversation, director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat takes us behind the scenes of his latest action-packed film, Kill. Drawing from a real-life incident that occurred during a train journey in 1994, Bhat has crafted a cinematic experience that promises to be unlike anything Indian audiences have seen before. From detailing the rigorous training the actors underwent, to discussing the emotional core of the film, Bhat provides a fascinating glimpse into the making of Kill. Despite the intense action and violence, he assures that the film is an emotional journey at heart. Read on to discover more about Bhat’s influences, the challenges faced during shooting, and his unique approach to onscreen action.
Kill seems to be killer of a film. What was your trigger point for this train-terror actioner?
I used to travel to Pune from Patna by Bombay Janta Express in sleeper class . Raat ko soya aur jab Allahabad aane ka time tha, tab aankh khuli. To dekha ki koi chhote station pe gaadi ruki thi. While I was sleeping away in the night, the AC class was being robbed. In my coach, there were some soldiers from Danapur. They started saying, had the dacoits attempted to rob our coach, we would have shown them. This incident stayed with me. This was way back in 1994-95 types.
We’ve never seen action like this before in any Indian film?
That’s very kind of to say. I hope the audience agrees with you when the film opens on July 5. I wrote the entire action in the script, Sir. Coz I had never done action before. So had to write everything in detail. I mean all the steps as well. Smallest of detail. And that was beautifully choreographed by Mr. Oh. And we trained the actors for almost 3-4 months. Everyday, everyone, including the actors playing the goons.
Isn’t there a risk that the audience may find the maelstrom of mayhem overpowering?
But it’s a film loaded with lots of emotion. It’s an emotional journey which turns violent.
It’s a genre film ,Sir. I think we are quite ready for a film like this. I mean we in India are huge fans of John Wick and The Raid, Old Boy… I guess we were waiting for this to happen. Moreover sir, films from south and recently animal also has been visceral. So I think we are ready. Loha garam hai!
I believe the leading man Laksh Lalwani suffered several injuries while shooting?
Because it’s a close encounter combat film, everyday, there was some injury, his eye was injured, neck was hurt, shoulder got hurt… in fact, Tanya Maniktala broke her arm in one of the action sequences
Where did you acquire this penchant for onscreen action?
When I was in Patna, while growing up I wasn’t allowed to watch films or even Chitrahaar. So I used to bunk school and go and watch morning shows in Patna movie theaters like Uma and Elphistone. I saw all kinds of action films at that time. So my parents probably tried to stop me from watching 100 films, I saw 500 in return!
Even your earlier release Apurva was extremely violent?
Apurva had violence which was not shown. It was assumed. In most of the scenes. It was left for the audience’s imagination. Kill is out there for everyone to see. I am learning to experiment with angst in films. Dheere dheere baahar aa raha hai.
When did you actually start working on Kill?
It was covid when I started writing during the first wave. A lot of insecurity, feel, confinement, claustrophobia… I think all this found the way into words and feelings.
What are the direct influences on Kill?
Cinematically, I feel Aliens is a huge influence where the protagonist and the antagonist, both are trying to survive and protect their loved ones. The creature and the astronaut both. Then Rambo and Kill Bill. There are so many films which cast an influence but these are on top.
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