2016 THE END: Jaideep Chopra's Next Not an Apocalyptic Disaster Film (First Look)

By Vinci Manchanda

2016 The End Official Poster 1

Mumbai, Dec 21 (Washington Bangla Radio) - If you know the world is going to end in a week, what would you do? If you cannot do anything to keep it from happening, you will probably go and live out your last seven days.

The title of director Jaideep Chopra’s second film "2016 The End" might look like an intense sci-fi film, but the movie is actually a slapstick comedy. The film has gone on floors recently.

Chopra's 2013 debut ‘Maazii’ was appreciated by film critics and has won a bagful of international awards.

"2016 The End" traces the lives of four characters who discover that apocalypse is going to strike the world in seven days. The manner in which they celebrate the last seven days of their life forms the crux of the film.

All four characters in the film are known faces, starting with Kiku Sharda who plays the popular Palak in ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’. Actress Priya Banerjee was last seen as Sia in "Jazbaa" with Irrfan Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Divyendu Sharma has done films such as ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ and ‘Chashme Baddoor’, along with TV star Harshad Chopda, known for his role in ‘Humsafars’.

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Priya Banerjee (Photo © www.nikkiharrison.ca)

Canadian-Indian Bengali actress and Miss Photogenic winner at Miss World Canada Priya Banerjee's parents are originally from Kolkata. Priya is a trained Kathak dancer and Rabindrasangeet singer. Banerjee will also be seen in the upcoming remake of the 1993 blockbuster DARR reprising the role of Juhi Chawla that Chawla played in the original film co-starring Sunny Deol and Shahrukh Khan. She has also appeared on the cover of the Calgary Brideguide published from her home-town of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

A first-look poster of "2016 The End" carries the tagline 'What Would You Do If The World Ends In 7 Days?', giving it an international feel.

Director Chopra told said, "‘Maazii’ was a dark thriller and such films are not for the masses. The basic motive behind making that film was to cement my foothold as a director in the industry. We bagged 16 international awards and ratings from critics ranged from 3.5 to 4 stars."

"It is a big transformation to move from a grim thriller to an out-and-out comedy, so I want to make a film earns good money at the box-office, while it also earns rave reviews from critics just like my last film, ‘Maazii’ had garnered. Critics might slam me saying 'he’s moved from a movie like ‘Maazii’ to making a hardcore commercial movie', but I’ll look into this not happening. I want to keep those 3.5 to 4 stars coming for ‘2016 The End’ as well," added Chopra.

Chopra feels that he has India's best team of technicians for the film. Rameshwar S. Bhagat, the editor of the film has edited films such as ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Kick’, ‘Boss’ and is doing ‘Sultan’ the movie now. Shajith Koyeri who won a National Award for ‘Haider’ for sound design and is also doing ‘Dangal’ is managing the sound design of the film.

‘2016 The End’ is also written and produced by Chopra, under the banner 'Dollar Group International' and 'Jaideep Chopra Productions'. The Film is slated for a mid-2016 release date.