Director Anand Gandhi to make film with pandemic as backdrop


Director Anand Gandhi to make film with pandemic as backdrop

Director Anand Gandhi to make film with pandemic as backdrop

Filmmaker Anand Gandhi of “Ship of Theseus” fame is ready to direct a film titled “Emergence”, which can be based mostly on a pandemic. The director mentioned he has been engaged on the script for the final 5 years and within the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the film is now his high precedence.

“I have been working on a pandemic script for the longest time. It’s been in the pipeline for the last five years. It has been postponed for various reasons, but it has now emerged as my top priority,” Gandhi informed PTI in an interview.

“This film is more ambitious than anything I’ve ever attempted, and so it has naturally taken a long time to write. While this was the film that I wanted to make the most, I knew it would take time to put together, and I chipped away at it in between projects,” he mentioned.

Gandhi, 38, revealed that it was his 2013 directorial debut “Ship of Theseus” that in a approach led him to a pandemic story.

“In ‘Ship of Theseus’, I touched upon the idea that the human body is made up of eukaryotic cells and bacteria. I was fascinated by the thought that your every choice, your every experience, and your every feeling is influenced by the bacteria in your body.

“This was my entry level into this film. I contemplated what would occur if new viruses, micro organism, or microbes had been launched to the ecosystem that we name human. This query led me to a pandemic story,” he added.

This was followed by Gandhi meeting some scientists and epidemiologists, including well-known American epidemiologist Larry Brilliant, who eventually came on board as an executive producer for his film “Emergence”.

“He is a tremendous epidemiologist and an ideal thinker, Larry spearheaded the workforce that eradicated smallpox, and his work was an inspiration for the film ‘Contagion’.

“I had the good fortune of meeting him and sharing my thoughts with him. He loved the idea, and immediately came on board as an executive producer.”

According to Gandhi, it’s difficult to “consolidate” the complicated concepts whereas making a film based mostly on a science topic and nonetheless make the story accessible for the viewers.

Asked if movies such as Contagion, Virus, Pandemic had influenced him, the director mentioned his strategy to the topic was new.

“A central idea separates my story from everything else – the impact of a microbial parasite on the human biological behaviour, visible only in the big social data,” he mentioned.

Asked whether or not the film will point out the continuing COVID-19 disaster, Gandhi mentioned he’ll use the pandemic as a story device to deal with the character of human behaviour.

“I see no reason to address (coronavirus) it directly because it will already be playing on our subconscious minds, whenever we absorb a piece of literature or culture henceforth,” he mentioned.

“This has been a truly strange experience for me. I wish I’d finished making the film – it would have indeed served as a great reference point for our current reality,” he added.

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