One of the most prolific directors in Bollywood, Vikram Bhatt has directed over two dozen films in his two-decade long career in Bollywood. He has worked with big stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir, Akshay and Hrithik but has, of late, relied on newcomers and horror themes to propel his films.
Vikram’s latest film Creature 3D is a thriller about a rampaging beast and stars Bipasha Basu. Vikram has successfully helmed Bipasha earlier in Raaz and Raaz 3 but, since then, Bipasha’s career has slowed somewhat – the actress has few other A-list projects on hand.
The director, however, defends his choice of his lead actress and says, “I don’t think that way. After all, even after the debacle of my directorial venture Dangerous Ishhq (2012), Bipasha agreed to work with me.”
Vikram believes, “it’s all about trust.” Reflecting on his decision to cast Bipasha, he says, “She had faith in the story, and she has done a fabulous job in the film.”
The director realises that his film belongs to an underexplored genre. Vikram Bhatt is keeping his fingers crossed. “It’s a very unusual film. I hope such films get appreciated by the audience.” For his part, Vikram has put in a lot of work, including lending his own expression to the character of the Creature. Not surprising considering the director earlier dubbed for his films’ leading men Aftab Shivdasani in the 2001 film, Kasoor, and Dino Morea in the 2002 Raaz.
Explaining the logistics of he came to enact the Creature’s grimaces and gestures, Vikram says, “The process is called expression capture — the face is marked with track points, and the computer recreates your expression. It was a weird experience, growling and snarling, and imagining how the creature would react. But then, no one knows the character better than I do since I gave him life you see.”