Trust Ram Gopal Varma to milk an already panic-struck moment of humanity for more drama. It is a sharp throwback to RGV’s visit to the Taj Hotel in the immediate aftermath of the 26/11 terror attack, to gather notes for his film on the event. He apologized for the insensitive act. This is advertised as the first film on the Coronavirus. (Though it must be noted that the Canadian director Mostafa Keshvari’s Corona, on the virus, was completed in April.)
The 4 minute long trailer takes us into a house where one of the members is coughing incessantly. Lit like an RGV cave, shot like many films from his oeuvre, the wide-angle camera shots, and the thumping, suspenseful music, buzzing flies, the universe is flooded with his iconography. The trailer ends with tragedy, but we don’t know what that is, or what it entails. If a hopeful film in a hopeless time is what you yearn for, you might want to stay away from this one.
The film is directed by Agasthya Manju. It will release on the Shreyas ET app.