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Mystery in the mist

`Dhund - The Fog', a musical murder mystery is scheduled to release tomorrow.



MUSICAL THRILLER: The Ramsays go beyond the horror genre with `Dhund The Fog'

THE RAMSAYS are back but not with a horror film. Dhund - The Fog, the latest offering directed by Sham Ramsay, is publicised as a musical thriller. "It is a murder mystery. We are invariably associated with the horror genre but when I heard the story written by S. Khan (of Khiladi fame) I liked the plot and decided to direct this thriller," says Sham Ramsay. Basically a murder mystery, the film has four characters played by debutant Amar Upadhyay, Apurva Agnihotri, Aditi Govitrikar and Divya Palat. "Irfan Khan plays a negative character who is after the lives of the four protagonists but gets killed. In the second half of the film he is seen in the fog," says Ramsay just about divulging this much. Naturally it is left to the audience to guess... On casting Amar and Aditi Ramsay says: "Amar is a fresh face, yet known - this is a rare combination. The story demanded a model and Aditi was the first choice." Shot in Mumbai and New Delhi, the musical score for the film is by Viju Shah.

Amar Upadhyay is excited yet nervous and tense about his maiden film. Though Amar signed J.P. Dutta's LOC (where he is essaying the role of V. Thapa, the Mahavir Chakra recipient) first his second film Dhund - The Fog is releasing first. LOC is slated to release in the middle of the year. "When I was called by the Ramsays, I was slightly taken aback as they are known for their horror films. Once I listened to the story I realised there was no horror and it was a musical murder mystery. I play the role of an ad agency owner and photographer who helps the others to solve the murder. It is a commercial film hero's role and I play a range of emotions." Amar attributes his entry into films to the small screen. "Television is my stepping stone to success," he says and surely the character of Mihir Virani (Kyunki Saas bhi kabhi bahu thi) was instrumental in fetching him roles on the big screen. "I am getting good offers because of that role," he says. "The transition to the big screen was smooth in terms of acting and I had to just work on my expressions a bit," adds Amar.

Both Sham Ramsay and Amar Upadhyay endorse the script as the strongpoint of the film. "The USP of the film is the second half," says Amar.

At a time when Bollywood presents a bleak picture Sham Ramsay is confident about his venture. "This is a film for youth," he says and one wishes him all the best as attracting audiences from the raging World cup fever to his musical thriller is certainly a difficult proposition.

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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