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A Memorable Voyage through Waves
DAM 999 is an emotional thriller and an ingenious attempt to highlight the unseen beauty of the maritime world in the backdrop of rich Indian culture while telling a compelling story in the backdrop of maritime life and an old dilapidated dam.
Even though the film industry has seen variety of topics, this will be one of these kinds. Sohan Roy, a naval architect by profession had always a thirst for films. He took Diploma in Film Direction and Production from Hollywood. He always had a creative mind which searched of interesting and a something which can be an eye opener of the public. Roy started a new venture three years ago which is now a successful channel and has world wide acceptance. This venture was the launch of Marine BizTV, world’s first global maritime channel. The confidence of running 24-hour global channel in English was sufficient for Roy to announce his first Hollywood project. From a mariner’s point of view Roy portrays the unseen beauty of marine world through this movie.
Reflections of Navarasa
The cast and crew include 16 National award winners. Nine emotions are depicted in the movie. Joshua Fredric Smith as Captain Fredrick Brown depicts Hasya rasa (laughter) in the movie. Megha Burman, the Bengali beauty will handle the role of Raziya and will depict Shringara rasa (love). The role of Meera will be handled by the South Indian fame Vimala Raman and will portray Karuna rasa ( kind-heartedness or compassion). Vinay Rai, plays the role of Vinay and is an embodiment of Raudra rasa (anger). Linda Arsenio as Sandra portrays Veera rasa (courage). Ashish Vidyarthi handles the role of Durai and depicts Bheebatsa ( disgust). Mariya in the movie is an embodiment of Bhayanaka (fear) and this role is played by Jaala Pickering. The role of Sam, is handled by Jineet Rath and is an embodiment of Adbutha (wonder).
Hurdles were awaiting on the way as soon as the movie started its journey. First one was the replacement of the veteran actor and the national award winner Padmasree Thilakan (a well known Malayalam film actor) from the movie. This decision was made by the director as this actor was suspended from AMMA (Association of Malayalam Movie Artists). Rajit Kapur replaced Thilakan in the movie. Later Tulip Joshi, who was assigned to play a leading role in the movie portraying Shringara rasa (love), stepped out of the project. She was replaced by Megha Burman, the Ankit, Pallavi and Friends fame.
Journey till Date
Dam 999 started its journey from Alleppey, the back water city. Alleppey witnessed the shooting for the initial part of the movie. The camera then traveled through Cochin, the Queen of Arabian Sea, Ooty, the Queen of Hill Stations, Dubai, one among the seven Emirates of United Arab Emirates, Thrissur, the Cultural Capital of Kerala, and Hyderabad, the City of Pearls to find the exact locations for different scenes in the movie. The shooting for the movie is almost complete and now the entire cast and crew are in Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad for capturing the climax scenes of the movie. All these locations witnessed the beautiful sets which were set up for the movie. The cast and crew of the movie left behind ever reminding memories to the local crowd to cherish. The cameras are still rolling on and the movie is expected to reach out the public by the end of this year.
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