‘Rave Party’ not just about Scarlett Keeling: director

May 8th, 2008 - 9:02 am ICT by admin  

By Arpana
Mumbai, May 8 (IANS) Director Prabhakar Shukla, who is attracting media attention with plans to make a film on British teenager Scarlett Keeling who was raped and murdered in Goa, says the film is not just about her but also on the larger issue of drug abuse. “Given the large and rising number of drug abusers, most tourist places have become unsafe. Today it is a worldwide problem and my film will focus on this issue,” Shukla told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

“The film will also give a message to youth to be cautious while visiting such tourist spots in India as well as in other parts of the world.”

The film is titled “Rave Party” and Shukla will shoot the major portions of the film in Goa, where 15-year-old Scarlett’s body was found on the Anjuna beach in February.

“I will shoot some parts of the film in Britain as well.”

Scarlett’s mother Fiona MacKeown claims that she knows the identity of her daughter’s killer and that even police know about him but are not taking action because he is a powerful man.

On plans by Shukla to make a film based on the case, Fiona told the media in Britain that if it is to show the corrupt officials in Goa then it could be a good idea. “But I hear he is going to call it ‘Rave Party’, which doesn’t sound good,” she was quoted as saying.

Shukla says: “I am planning to visit Britain next month and I will talk to MacKeown there and discuss things with her. I will surely show the corrupt officers in the film. But I will also show how the drug mafia exploits tourists and what happens at rave parties.”

“Goa is a tourist paradise, but I want to show the darker side of the popular tourist spot. People like watching reality; so I have decided to show reality in my film,” said the director, whose directorial debut “Kahani Gudiya Ki” was also based on a real-life incident.

So who plays the main lead in the film? “I can’t reveal the name right now. I will make the proper announcement soon.

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