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17 Hour drama

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The incredible Mohanlal has done it again. He has completed Bhagavan, directed by Prasanth Mambulli in 17 hours flat and has created a new record. The film is a thriller set in a hospital where terrorist takes over and kidnaps the Home Minister who is undergoing treatment there. Mohanlal plays Dr. Venugopal, who bravely fights back the terrorist using tact and intelligence. The film is just two hours long and an incident that takes place between 9 to 11 AM in the morning. The shooting took place at Allied Ayurvedic and Research hospital at Arthattu near the temple town of Guruvayoor.

Director Prakash was very keen that the film should be shot in 12 hours but due to a cloud formation, the outdoor shoot in the hospital garden was delayed. They started the shoot at 7 AM in the morning, which went up to midnight. Besides Mohanlal the other actors are Lakshmi Gopalasami, Tamil villain Daniel Balaji, Sreenath, Srijit Ravi, Sudish. The camera chief was Lokanathan. Says Prasanth, the director: “We shot with seven cameras and a steady cam camera, one Jimmy Jip, two 40 feet cranes, a mini crane and lights. We canned 64 scenes out of which Mohanlal is there in 57 scenes. There are two songs including the title song in the film. There were nearly 255 strong unit members from light boys to assistant cameramen and associate directors who made it possible.” Added Mohanlal, who did not have even have his lunch as he was busy moving from one set to another set in the hospital location: “It’s incredible that these boys could shoot a full length movie in 17 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the film, which had a great concept.”[read full article here]

Its’ not clear what is the aim here, to have a new Guinness record or to have a good movie. All that matters is if the film does well or not. If the movie flops, no one would even remember that there was movie made in 17 hours. We don’t understand this obsession with making movies in few hours, they could stage a drama instead.  Question – Did they pay Mohanlal the full amount or was it prorated? If it was prorated then this should be a method which Producers assocaition must look into to reduce cost.

6 Comments

  1. Is this film similar to the TV series [i]24[/i]?

    “The film is just two hours long and an incident that takes place between 9 to 11 AM in the morning. “

  2. Is this film similar to the TV series ’24’?

    “The film is just two hours long and an
    incident that takes place between 9 to 11 AM
    in the morning. “

  3. One thing for sure. It would’ve reduced the budget of the movie to some extent. So if it is a loss making venture, lesser the impact. Viceversa too applicable..

  4. most probably its ‘nick of time’ starring johnny depp.
    still its a good cost cutting method. it open ups the
    truth that if u restrict the no: of locations you can
    cut time and money immensely.

  5. oh that film, saw it on TV a couple of years ago.
    It was ok…

    The best films with the “real time” structure is
    “High Noon” and “12 Angry Men”, and the recent “United 93”.

  6. One remembers the Jayaraaj movie Adbudham which also boasted of some record like this. Everyone knows the fate of the movie.This time the movie may atleast get released because of Mohanlal’s star power.

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