Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan’s upcoming film Dhamaka will exclusively release on streaming giant Netflix.
The film will mark the first collaboration between Aaryan and filmmaker Ram Madhvani, who has helmed acclaimed movies like Neerja starring Sonam Kapoor and the Sushmita Sen-fronted web series Aarya.
Aaryan, who posted the first look of the film on social media, can be seen dressed in a blue suit, with long locks and spectacles, gazing pensively out of a window at a burning Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
Dhamaka gives a bird’s-eye view into the workings of a news channel in the 21st century.
The film is a remake of the 2013 Korean film “The Terror Live.”
Kartik shared a teaser on Instagram and captioned it as "Main hoon Arjun Pathak, Jo bhi Kahunga Sach Kahunga."
Kartik told Variety, "I am thrilled that the film will reach audiences and my fans all around the world on Netflix.”
Dhamaka is backed by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Films, along with Ram Madhvani and Amita Madhvani.
In the film, Aaryan will play a journalist who covers the live broadcast of a terror attack in Mumbai.
"This for me is a miracle script and had me on the edge of my seat all through the narration. I knew this is the script that would give me the opportunity to explore a different side of myself as an actor.
"I can’t wait to transport myself to Ram sir’s world and see his vision translate on the big screen. This is also the first time I am collaborating with Ronnie and RSVP, and I am looking forward to this journey," the actor said in a statement.
Madhvani said that though Dhamaka is a thriller on the outset, there lies a lot of emotion and drama in the screenplay that leads to the adrenaline rush.
"As a director, I am inclined towards human stories... This film demanded a young actor, with a certain amount of rawness in the space. Kartik, being one of the most talented actors in Bollywood, fits the bill," he added.
The director said shooting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic will be challenging, but the team will abide by the rules as laid down by the government.
"I have terrific backing from my producer, Ronnie Screwvala, and our production teams at RSVP and RMF are all well versed with the COVID protocols," Madhvani said.
Screwvala, who has backed films like Rang De Basanti, Jodhaa Akbar, and Barfi, said he is looking forward to collaborating with Madhvani and Aaryan for the first time.
"When Ram came to me with the script, I knew that I couldn't miss out on this one, and we got a similar reaction when we narrated the script to Kartik as well," the producer added.