Mumbai: A director strongly inclined towards making thrillers, dark or otherwise, Suparn Verma has ventured into the big bad world of the web, with his maiden web-series. In an exclusive chat with Deccan Chronicle, Suparn opened up.
How did the idea of venturing into a digital platform come to you?
I started off as a journalist, producer and as one of the founding members of Rediff.com so making a digital show was simply a circle of life. Also today the digital space is a fantastic platform to reach out to audiences across the spectrum. It also allows one the freedom to explore subject and treat them in a way that at times limits you on film or television. Digital is no longer the future. The future is here!
Your web series has a homosexual instinct, how did this idea generate?
It's Bromance, not a 'homosexual instinct' as you put it. The two boys Piyush and Mahender are from Haryana and created from experiences of our writer Shantanu Shrivastava's life. The whole story of about how these two boys get taken for a ride by two conwomen who use their gullible nature and their weakness for women to their advantage. In the north it's very common for two men to hold hands and walk, so the physicality is all innocent fun.
Right from Ek Haseena Ek Khiladi in 2005, you have been inclined towards dark and thriller films, any specific reason?
Yo Ke Hua Bro is a comic thriller too. I enjoy the genre of thrillers and as a writer and director I have explored the genre thrillers and action films from Chhal, Zameen, Qayamat, Karam to Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena. I like the characters who operate in the grey zone and the varying pace of thrillers which makes it unpredictable. Yo Ke Hua Bro gave me a chance to explore my comic side and we have got amazing numbers on Voot.
Why did you direct films in a long gap, was it because of your commercial failure at BO?
Every film takes 2-3 years to get made, in between Aatma and Yo Ke Hua Bro I directed Bipasha Basu's television debut Darr Sabko Lagta Hai, an art house film X-Past is Present, promos and ad films.