‘It’s not a hardcore horror film’
Actors Kunaal Roy Kapur and Divya Agarwal say that The Final Exit isn’t just a horror film but also engages the audience at a philosophical level
The makers of The Final Exit organised a special screening of the film in Mumbai on Tuesday. The next day when the film’s leading man Kunaal Roy Kapur visited Sakal Times office, he said that the team has received some great reactions from the audience. Kunaal, along with Divya Agarwal, who has done a dance number — Dum Maro Dum in the film, came to promote the film in Pune. The song has been sung by Neha Kakkar and Raftaar. “The audience found the film extremely engaging and thought-provoking. There are a few horror sequences in the film which people have really enjoyed. We were excited to see their reactions. There’s a lot of craft that goes into creating horror scenes. It’s a combination of visuals and sounds,” he said.
Kunaal added that in addition to the horror sequence, there are bits of philosophy in the film that evoked mixed responses. “It is interesting because then we have discussions about what we thought, what they liked or didn’t like, the ending and stuff like that. This genre is intriguing and can raise a lot of questions in the audience’s minds,” said the actor.
The Final Exit, which releases today, also stars Elena Kazan and Ananya Sengupta in pivotal roles. The film has been directed by Dhwanil Mehta.
The actor says that the film is not a hardcore horror flick and is therefore not at par with Hollywood films in the same genre. “It’s more of a suspense, mystery kind of film and if the audience can buy into that world and the journey of the character, they will like it. It does not achieve those shock and scare effects that The Conjuring or Annabelle do. It’s more in its own space. But as far as production values and execution are concerned, it’s definitely a level higher than average Indian horror films,” says Kunaal.
He says that the audience will surely enjoy the film because they will not know what will happen next. “Even at the screening, half way through the film, people wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters and what was to happen next. People will have a great time because it’s a different genre and it’s being made by a first-time director who went out of his comfort zone. Usually first-time directors want to go with a conventional storyline but this film was quite gutsy of Dhwanil,” he adds.
Divya, who does a special number in the film, says that it was fun being part of the project. “It was nice and I enjoyed the song. I had a great time because I started my career as a dance choreographer. I could pick up the steps easily. And despite being a star, Kunaal was very down-to-earth and he supported me a lot,” she said before signing off.