Veena Malik’s chirpy behavior helped her get a role in Mumbai 125 km

MUMBAI: Filmmaker Hemant Madhukar talks about his upcoming horror flick, Mumbai 125 km and why he chose Veena Malik to play the ghost:

In your last film, you had worked with known faces like Jimmy Sheirgill and Sanjay Suri. What made you opt for newcomers this time?
I wanted to shoot the film in 3D, which is time consuming, and wanted actors who could give me dates at a stretch for the shoot. Hence, I opted for TV actors and newcomers. But the plot is the actual hero.

Apparently, you cast Veena Malik in the ghost’s role after watching her tantrums on a reality show?
I liked her attitude and quirky behaviour, which is exactly what my ghost is all about.

What is the USP of your film?
It’s a story about a single night and all the horror elements that transpire on a road trip, which has not been seen in our films before. Five friends are on their way from Pune when they experience a bizarre incident and get holed up 125 kms away from Mumbai. Along with my co-producer Nishant Pitti of Easemy trip on board, we did the right kind of promotion and are ready with the film.

Mumbai 125 km, produced by Light and Shadow Films, releases October 17.