When I am done rewriting RAANIYA, I might start working on ’40’ which is a drama set in a sleepy suburb of Male’ with very shady characters. Once again ’40’ relies heavily on a twist but of another kind. What’s with these twists these days? To tell you the truth, I haven’t a clue why I am so overly obsessed on twisting my screenplays with twists after twists.
But twisting goes back a long way. I was first fascinated to twists when I saw USUAL SUSPECTS. Then there was FIGHT CLUB. But twists really twisted my mind with SIXTH SENSE. Then OTHERS forever twisted my fate.
I did a little bit of experimenting when I wrote VAAREY for then Ministry of Atolls Administration teledrama in 2000. It had this dramatic twist which kind of worked at some levels. I was able to hide the truth from the audience and worked my way towards the twist at the end. When I wrote VAAREY, I was clearly influenced by SIXTH SENSE which was released previous year. VAAREY was a good experience that started the tale of my twisting. Since I am talking too much about twisting, Elvis is trying to contact me from his grave. He just wants to know if I have turns with my twists.
Months back, I have developed the whole structure of ’40’ with my co-writer AHMED ZAREER. Visual director SHAREE was attached to direct. But just as writing was about to begin, there was a twist. SHAREE insisted to halt the project. He found ’00:00′ more tantalizing. However, once writing ’00:00′ was completed, there were more twists. SHAREE’s schedule changed, the production was delayed for months and then the producer left the project due to all these delays. In the end ’00:00′ was acquired by DV PRODUCTIONS. And to date, that project is still facing more delays. First, the production was delayed when shooting fell in to the month of Ramadan and now the political tension in the country has delayed the project indefinitely.
Coming back to ’40’, I have already negotiated this project with a studio. And now it’s almost a done deal. The studio is scheduling to begin shooting during the first quarter on 2009 and they will do all they can to get hold of SHAREE to direct.