Karan Butani: ‘Kwatha’ is not a war film, shows humane side of the army

Bollywood film director Karan Butani, who has helmed films like Bull BulBul Bandook (2013), Valmiki Ki Bandook (2010) and Phamous (2018) recently revealed that his upcoming film Kwatha, which went on the floors last week in Mumbai, ‘is not a war film’. 

While speaking to Mumbai Mirror, the director shared that the film is based on a true incident and it also shows the humane side of the Indian Army. “Our defense forces don’t just guard our borders and fight the enemy, but also work for the people of the country,” the director told the news daily.

The film marks the debut of popular Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabelle Kaif. Talking about the leading lady of his film, Butani said, “Isabelle’s formal training in acting reflects in her work. On the set, she knows what is required of her and she is always improving. Only a confident actor can do that spontaneously.” 

The film stars Aayush Sharma, who made his acting debut in Salman Khan’s production Loveyatri last year, as the male lead. He will be seen playing the role of an army officer. As a part of his prep, he trained at an army camp for a few months in Pune and put on 12 kg of muscle weight to bring the authenticity to his look in the film.

Sharma described the time he spent with the soldiers during the training as an “enlightening experience”. “Our idea is to tell the story that not many people know, and at the same time, also do it with responsibility, without making the action look filmi,” said Sharma who has previously worked as an assistant director for Salman Khan’s movies such as Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Sultan and Tubelight.

The team is currently is Mumbai and after a short spell there in January, it will head to Delhi for a ten day shoot. After that, the team will go to the Northeast for a 45 day schedule.

Produced by Produced by Sunil Jain, Omprakash Bhat, Aditya Joshi, Alok Thakur and Sujay Shankarwar, Kwatha is scheduled to be released in 2020.

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