Rohit Roy, who has appeared in films like as ‘Swabhimaan,’ ‘Dus Kahaniyaan,’ ‘Kaabil,’ and ‘Mumbai Saga,’ is ready to make his foreign debut with Sam Bhattacharjee’s cyber thriller movie ‘IRaH.’
Inside the movie, his character is a deceitful, narcissistic CEO of a tech business who develops an AI-based programme called IRaH 5.10, which allows a person to achieve immortality by preserving himself.
When it comes to the uniqueness of the concept, Rohit informs IANS, “Honestly, the idea of the film itself is the hero. I’d say that’s the main hero of the film and it’s a very intricately woven script so there’s not much I can reveal at this point. Every scene opens a new door into the psyche of the main characters and the novelty of the idea was what in the first place attracted me to the film.”
Rohit calls the film a huge responsibility as it’s his first international project, “To play the central character in a film like ‘IRaH’ means a lot to me. It’s a lot of responsibility on my shoulders and to carry a film like this, which is so intricately woven, becomes very difficult to keep track of. Of course there were improvisations on the set and the credit for that goes to the director. He was very open to all sorts of suggestions, in fact the end which according to me is the most important part of the film.”
He also reveals the extent of improvisations on the sets, “The director actually came up with the end while we were shooting so that rarely happens in a locked watertight script like ‘IRaH’, but the idea was so good that all of us agreed immediately saying that should be the end of the film, earlier it was ending very differently.”
“I will not say much about it, but the experience was absolutely awesome and also shooting in London has its own charm. The locations were fantastic, the crew was excellent so everything was an added plus. It was great working on the film”, Rohit adds.
Sam’s journey on this project has been a difficult one, since his script was first leaked, but the director is pleased that everything came together properly.
When you ask Rohit about releasing a concept-driven picture in a period of uncertainty, when pandemic waves, lockdowns, and major spectacles are all lined up for release, he says, “I feel it’s a great idea to release a content driven film like ‘IRaH’ theatrically. Of course, there will be big spectacles which have been releasing all over the world from the last month or two. There have been huge Hollywood films and films coming out of India which have done really well.”
However, he feels that the audience in theatres will give his film the due credit and the love that it deserves, “Out of 500 big films there can be only 3-5 big spectacle films right? Everybody can’t make a ‘Batman’ or an ‘RRR’ or ‘KGF’, you need content-driven films for the audience as well. They also want to go to the theatre and enjoy the intricacies of cinema and you don’t necessarily need a big spectacle or a spectacular film like Batman.”
“I feel when you go into a dark room and watch films like ‘IRaH’ with absolutely unknown people the experience is even better. And I feel IRaH is a perfect crossover in a sense that it is something people will enjoy in the theatres and later when it’s released on OTT, they will enjoy it then also, so for me it’s a big plus that it’s releasing theatrically”, he concludes.
In addition to Karishma Kotak, Ameet Chana, Fagun Thakrar, and Rajesh Sharma, ‘IRaH’ is an Indo-British production. A preliminary release date of September 23 has been set for the film.