Ram Gopal Verma as a director in Bollywood is most famous for thrilling and adventure movies After Phoonk which was released in 2008 in the direction of Ram Gopal Varma now, Agyaat is ready to release at theater on 7th August, 2009. It is said that Ram Gopal Varma always choose a unique theme but still I am not convince with the director. Agyaat is a thriller movie which movies around the realm of fear. Phoonk was claimed as the scariest movie and if a person watch the movie alone in a theater, will win Rs. 5 lakhs reward. But it was not a successful movie. Again with the Agyaat, director Ram Gopal Varma has great expectation because it is also thrilling and adventure movie. I like the director because he has given so many successful movies like – Rangeela (1995), Satya (1998) and Sarkar (2005) but I am not agreeing with his style. The director chooses his favourite heroine and brings her in every movie like – Urmila Matondkar, Rani Mukherjee and now, Nisha Kothari. Now, I should come to the Agyaat movie review. At first we should know the meaning of “Agyaat”. English word unknown is known as Agyaat in Hindi. So, story of Agyaat is completely clear by the name of the movie. In the Agyaat movie a film unit goes into a forest to shoot a movie. During the film shooting they are trapped by something which is unknown. The thing which kills their unit’s member is Agyaat. The whole movie moves around the murder mystery. The mystery is unseen by them and it as known as Agyaat by them. They run to live but the Agyaat comes as unseen to kill them. Thy fight together but they don’t get success.
Official site of Agyaat movie http://agyaat-theunknown.com, writes about the synopsis of the movie,
“A film unit goes for a shoot deep into a forest.
They settle at a place with bare minimal facilities run by a strange and quirky man called Setu.
The hero of the film Sharman is a completely self obsessed man with no other concern except for his muscles and the leading lady. The leading lady Aasha bears with him because of his star status. Director JJ thinks of himself as India’s answer to Steven Spielberg and Producer Moorty thinks the director is screwing up the film and stopping him from becoming the next Yash Chopra. Laxman is a completely subservient spot boy but with a hidden monstrous ego. Cinematographer Shakky is very philosophical in nature and Action Director Rakka is a frustrated man who hates the leading actor, Sharman. Script Supervisor Sameera is a simpleton with ideals and a secret crush on the protagonist Sujal who is an Assistant Director, who in turn has a huge crush on Aasha.
It all begins when the camera conks off… They have two days waiting for the replacement to arrive and with no form of entertainment or communication when Setu suggests a camping trip into the forest, they jump at the opportunity. As Setu drives them through the jungle around undergrowth in a relic Jonga, they begin to wonder how Setu can remember the way back as the jungle looks the same all around.
As they settle near a pond for the night and sit around a bonfire Setu hears a strange sound. He goes to investigate and never returns. After a desperate search they discover his dead body.
Panic sets in among the unit members and they jump into the Jonga but them being unfamiliar with the terrain and their hastiness result in an accident. The axle breaks.
Now completely lost and trapped in the jungle as Setu, the only guy who knows the way out is dead, they don’t know which way to move to get out of the forest… yet another unit member gets brutally killed thereby, making them realize that whatever it is that has killed Setu is out to get them all.
From then on it is a desperate struggle to survive against that unknown entity. And as their numbers dwindle the suppressed passions among them come forth, they realize that it is not only their lives they are fighting for, but also for their loves…”
From my point of view the movie has nothing but camera effect and storyline. In the movie acting is not primary because thrilling and fear creates camera effect rather than natural acting. Location of Agyaat movie is deep in the forests of Sri Lanka. The forest is really dark and fearing. Main casts of Agyaat movie are - Nisha Kothari, Nitin Reddy, Ravi Kale, Ishrat Ali, Kali Prasad Mukherjee, Harvey Rosemeyer, Rasika Duggal and Joy Fernandes. In the beginning of the movie you will watch some Masala also but soon the Masala turns in fear. No one can escape because Agyaat is unseen and it can come from trees, water and air. From anywhere it can attack…now one can live…even to run…it has come to kill…it is Agyaat…
About the movie Ram Gopal Varma said on the above mentioned official site in the director notes,
“I have always been an incredible fan of the thriller genre where there is an unknown or a known entity which is out to kill at random a group of people trapped in a certain situation whether it is Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ or John Carpenter’s “The Thing”. Not to forget the “Blair Witch Project” in which the genius of the concept has gone to the extent of not showing the antagonist at all. I have titled my film based on this concept as ‘AGYAAT’ -meaning the unknown.
This movie will also be about the emotional complexities that extreme fear unleashes in people.
The story is about how a film unit on a shoot, in a far away land in a certain situation gets trapped deep in a forest and one by one the members start getting killed.
Why I selected a film unit to be the protagonists for this story is because a film unit is literally like a walking office in terms of its various hierarchical elements.
A star who is obsessed with himself, a leading lady who bears with him because of his stardom, a director who thinks he will be the next Steven Spielberg, a producer who thinks that the director is screwing up his film, an assistant director who has a crush on the heroine, a script girl who has quite a few things for the assistant director, a frustrated action director who has a hidden maniacal streak in him, a highly subservient spot boy with a monstrous ego, are just a few of the assorted characters in this story.
The unknown entity which starts killing them one by one in the film is really a premise and the real exciting part for me is the human drama of how in a given situation the whole film unit’s hierarchical differences get erased and all of them become as human as anybody else when faced with death.
- Ram Gopal Varma”
So, preview of the movie is very clear now before its releases. Now, we have to wait till 7th August, 2009 at nearest theater.
Agyaat is being advertised very promptly on the street of Delhi also. I took an image of Agyaat movie poster which was on the road of Delhi.