"I personally don't believe in censorship. In today's times,
there is so much of information available everywhere. Almost every
other person has access to the internet. So, to stop a filmmaker
from showing anything on screen believing it would corrupt people
is outdated thinking (that the censor board carries)," he
He had also faced flak from the censor board
earlier for tampering with the lyrics of the national anthem for
his media-based movie "Rann".
Being in the midst of controversies seems to
have become a way of life with Varma and he is okay with that.
"Anything you strongly say or do, people
will either love you or hate you for it. Controversy by definition
is nothing but a result of out of the box ideas. There are bound
to be differences of opinion over anything new... and when people
have views on an issue, it creates a discussion, which becomes
a controversy," he said in a nonchalant tone.
With "Agyaat", the filmmaker is set
to experiment with a genre he has never done before, Varma said.
"'Agyaat' is an adventure thriller'. It
is about an unknown creature killing people in a jungle. That's
why it is called 'Agyaat'. It's a genre I have not done before
and to my knowledge, it has never been done in Bollywood. It may
be a slightly scary, but doesn't fall under the category of a
'Phoonk' or 'Bhoot'," he said.
To keep the thrill, suspense and spook alive
in "Agyaat", Varma has used several sound effects instead
of using heavy make-up and unique costumes for his invisible scary
character in the movie.
"Fear can have many manifestations. It's
not necessary that you can create it only through ghosts. You
can hear a voice and build a lot of fiction around it. That is
what I want the audience to respond to - the sounds. Often, in
such situations, the mind becomes a monster and that is something
that can really scare you.
"Otherwise, what happens to stringent inter-personal
relationships in the face of death in a jungle is what forms the
climax of the movie," he said.
"Agyaat" is a story based in a jungle
where a film crew goes for shooting and gradually each one starts
getting killed under mysterious circumstances.
It features actors like Gautam Rode, Priyanka
Kothari and Nitin Reddy.