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A'bad blasts: Scriptwriter's nightmare comes true

Syed Firdaus Ashraf | July 28, 2008 15:09 IST

A still from Contract

Prashant Pandey, the script and dialogue writer of Ram Gopal Varma's Contract, is quite disturbed about the serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad -- especially because of an uncannily similarity to a scene in the film.

Prashant wrote a scene in which the terrorist Sultan (played by Zakir Hussain) tells his accomplice to bomb the hospitals as well. In Ahmedabad [Images], in a first, terrorists targeted hospitals.

Contract is Pandey's second film after Sarkar Raj, and he has been living in Mumbai for the last two years after completing his studies in New Delhi [Images].

He spoke to Chief Correspondent Syed Firdaus Ashraf about the controversial scene and how he got the idea. Excerpts:

"I got this idea from an article I read in an international newspaper in 2004. In January that year, when the Israeli Army attacked a Palestinian hospital in Nablus to trace down a master bomber, 19 people died in the incident. The bomber was not caught.

While I was writing the dialogues for Contract, I remembered this incident. I wondered how ruthless human beings are to think of something that is so unthinkable by people like us.

In my research for Contract, I replaced the Israeli Army with terrorists operating in the country.

For me, any kind of terrorism is evil. As a writer, my idea was to get into the evil mind and create disturbance in a civil society. At the same time, I had to go into the minds of the anti-terrorist squad, and see how they tackle terrorism.  

The terrorist is anti-establishment and he does not care who dies. His ultimate aim is destruction. He can be so evil that he will not even spare children.

In my film, the terrorist says that he will not care even if children die, because tomorrow those children will become adults.

Terrorists don't have emotions; they can't feel love. They just want to destroy society.

I was very shocked to see what happened in Ahmedabad. In fact, some of my colleagues have lost their relatives and I was expressing my sympathy to them.

I don't know how to react to this incident. All I can say is that I am very shocked and disturbed, just like every Indian is."

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