‘Durj’ a Movie based on cannibalism
Shamoon Abbasi has gone and endeavored something totally extraordinary with his full length directorial debut Durj – a movie about cannibalism in Pakistan. Regardless of whether he thumps it out of the ballpark stays to be seen when the film discharges in 2019 however the trailer has positively figured out how to make a buzz.
Said to The Success journey, Abbasi shared the motivation behind the storyline, expressing it depends on not one but rather three genuine occurrences that occurred in Pakistan.
“Two of them happened in Punjab. One was about these two brothers (Arif and Farman) that dug over 100 graves and ate corpses. Somehow they were getting away with the crime,”
Sharing the awful points of interest of such violations, Abbasi shared the fundamental issue dwells in the way that there is no law against cannibalism in our constitution.
“Even the police officer in charge was confused as to what they would make a case out of. They ended up with charging the brothers for ‘stealing from the graves’ and imprisoned them for two years. But they continued their crimes after being freed in two years.”
there was a family of cannibals that use to live near graveyard and were arrested while cooking a body.
“The third one was in Karachi where a guy would dig out young girls’ bodies and rape them,”
“All these horrific stories became a nightmare for me. And no one was talking about it. No one was concerned about this certain type of people who were doing it. So for me, the fact that there were no laws to handle this zombie-like phenomenon became a question. It made me want to make a film on this.”
“When I started writing the story, I knew I wasn’t going to show all these horrendous crimes. Personally, I hated it. I didn’t even want to think about it. But being a film-maker, it became a question that I had to think about. The point was to touch this subject and question why we didn’t have laws to punish these people in the constitution,”
“It was a big challenge not to show it on screen because I understand it isn’t very wise to make a gory film in Pakistan with a lot of blood and flesh as our audience is not ready for it. Therefore, the idea was not to make a horror film, but a film that highlights this phenomenon to make people understand how dangerous this can become without laws,”
“We must try to understand what made them do this to be able to punish them, or have their medical records to understand what made them start in the first place. I did a lot of research and the most difficult part of this was to keep it balanced and not very violent. I think people in Pakistan would appreciate the other side of the film. As surprising as it sounds, Durj will also take you to a romantic side of the story. There can’t be just singing and dancing nor only violence. So we had to figure out how far we could go with our elements to balance them.”
“I know that in the international film community, Durj can go very far. People are curious about this subject because it’s a global phenomenon that’s been around for a long time. Cannibalism has a long history. How people take it in Pakistan depends on how distributors and other elements are going to work with it. We are all set for Netflix release but before that, we want it to be distributed and experienced in cinemas around the world.”
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