Madaari , the thriller directed by Nishikant Kamat which opens on 10 June will feature Irrfan Khan as a vigilante seeking non-legal redress for a flyover that comes crashing down in a busy part of Mumbai.
For the first time director Nishikant Kamat admits that the film is based on the ghastly collapse of an under-construction metro bridge in Andheri Mumbai on September 4, 2012.
But Kamat says the real-life accident is the triggering point for the plot. “The incident is just a backdrop.My film is plotted around the repercussions of this incident.”
The director doesn’t deny the real-life parallel. “Madaari is about an under-construction metro bridge which fell a couple of years back in Andheri Mumbai.But if you recollect my 2008 film Mumbai Meri Jaan it also was based on the backdrop of a tragic catastrophe,namely the Mumbai train bombings on July 11, 2006. But the film was about human emotions.As usual my attempt is to explore the complexities created by an unfortunate event.”
Interestingly Kamat who is known for his remakes goes original in Madaari.
Says the director, “True I’ve done a lot of remakes. But Mumbai Meri Jaan in Hindi, Dombivli Fast in Marathi and Laal Bhari in Marathi were originals. So is Madaari. But even this film borrows from a real-life incident.In a sense all art is non-original.”