Bhargav Macharla’s debut feature film Net deals with the threat of voyeurism, data leak and privacy breach in today’s world.
Stuck at home, with heaps of work and little to not much of an outing is more like how our days go by in a pandemic-struck world. But, for the fans of the tech-thriller genre or even for film lovers, Bhargav Macharla’s upcoming Telugu thriller drama Net will soon drop on OTTs to break that monotony. Rahul Ramakrishna, Avika Gor and Praneeta Patnaik will be seen in lead roles in the film, directed and written by debutant Bhargava Macharla.
What is the release date of Net?
Net is slated for a digital premiere on Zee5 on September 10.
What is Net about?
The global panopticon of the internet where privacy is a myth, is captured in the tale of a married man who has voyeuristic tendencies. There are two couples belonging to different rungs of the social ladder; Avika Gor and Vishwa Dev from a well-off economic background, and Rahul and Praneeta, a couple who are from the lower-middle class standing. Rahul is a porn-addict and obsessed with watching Avika through a hidden camera, while Praneeta is trying to patch up their strained marriage. Stuck in the spiral of voyeurism, however, Rahul soon goes down the rabbit hole of a complicated situation where things turn dark and worse.
Watch the trailer here.
What does Bhargav Macharla say about his debut feature?
In a recent interview with The Hindu, Bhargav said that while he had initially thought of making it into a six-episode web series, the plot eventually lent itself naturally into a web film that was taken up and presented by Zee5. The director is confident that despite clashing with the release date with the two biggies, Tuck Jagadish and Seetimaar, Net will draw the interested audience. He further said that making Net as a web film accorded him the due space to experiment, without giving a thought about box-office performance.
The director revealed to the daily that while studying his masters in electrical and electronics at Texas Tech University, he came to know about increased cases of data leaks. He further added the data breach has led to suicides globally and India too has seen incidents of data leak, and drawing from them, he researched and read on case studies of data leak and privacy breach to come up with the plot and idea of the film.