Neerja famed director Ram Madhvani has collaborated with one of the budding Bollywood actors, Kartik Aaryan. The filmmaker is now set to present a story about terrorism on Indian roads, a la A Wednesday. This team, the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai city is targeted by the terrorists.
Here’s all you need to know about the much-awaited film, which is set to release on Netflix on November 19.
What’s Dhamaka about?
A failed TV anchor-turned-RJ receives a threat call. The caller, however, is not just giving out threats but actually conducting acts of terrorism. He blows up the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, after which he does a series of things that cause terror and panic in the newsroom and among the common public.
Inspired from The Terror Live.
Dhamaka is inspired from the Korean movie, The Terror Live. The 2013 release saw the terrorist explode the Mapo Bridge on the Han River. Ha Jung-woo plays the role of the TV anchor-RJ in the Kim Byung-woo directorial.
Who plays what in Dhamaka?
Kartik Aaryan plays the role of RJ-TV anchor Arjun Pathak. His wife, played by Mrunal Thakur, is also one of the lead targets of the terrorist (reportedly played by CID actor Vikas Kumar). Amruta Subhash plays the role of the head of the news channel, who controls what airs and what doesn’t air. She controls the communication from behind-the-scenes of the newsroom.
Ram Madhvani explores the world of terrorism yet again.
Ram Madhvani is best known for helming Neerja, starring Sonam Kapoor in the lead role. The movie, which released in 2016, brought him to the forefront as a director. The former ad filmmaker then waited for four years before coming out with Sushmita Sen’s comeback project, Aarya. The web series also became an instant hit with the viewers. It explored how life in the underworld really is. Now, he is set to bring Dhamaka to the audiences.
A new role for Kartik too.
Kartik has never played a journalist so far in his career. The actor has played a naive boy, a lover, a cunning man but he has never been in action, not in the way he is with Dhamaka.
A product of COVID-19.
Dhamaka began during COVID-19 pandemic and ended during the phase. The shooting began in Mumbai in December 2020 and wrapped up in 10 days time. The post-production took four months and it too had to be delayed because of the second wave.
Makers skip theatrical release early in 2021.
While making the film, the makers wanted Dhamaka to be a theatrical release. However, they dropped the decision in January 2021 and went ahead with a direct-to-OTT release. The much-awaited movie will be available on Netflix, same as The Terror Live.