Game Over director Ashwin Saravanan: You have to respect home-invasion genre, add something new

This can tap into the physicality of it. You have to respect it enough to add something to it. When you read it, you immediately start feeling uneasy, little restless. That was a dramatic question. If you feel something, it is reassuring. What would you do if you cannot even run? Advertising

Ashwin said he did not want to make a film that had nothing to add to the genre so he watched films such as Don’t Breathe, You Are Next, and parts of Hush, which gave him the idea about tackling the story. “That was the starting image. Advertising

The starting image, for Ashwin, was of a woman with fractured legs on a wheelchair, who can’t run or hide and someone is trying to break in. “I thought what if she can’t run and is trapped in a wheelchair. That made the home invasion terrifying, because even if the killer sneaks behind, she won’t be able to hear it. “We wrote it together in four months. “Don’t stick to what has been done before, always find something to surprise. “I was intrigued by the idea that the woman was not able to speak or hear. I thought something like this will be new to the genre,” he added. You should respect the genre, for what has been done before. Don’t feel like ‘I am better than this, I can make a better film.’

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“Once you disrespect the genre, you are going nowhere. People have done better stuff before so you need to have an understanding about it.”
Ashwin collaborated with Kaavya Ramkumar – a doctor by profession who got into screenwriting a couple of years ago – to stitch together a compelling story around the image. It was a short film to write, with no fluff, just plain old storytelling.”
When asked whether a writer feels scared while writing a story like this, he said “Not during writing, but after you finish it and read it in a stretch, you have to be scared, feel the emotions you are going for, even though you have created it. I write at night, so it worked for the film.”

Comment(s) I thought what physical aspect in a home invasion thriller can be tapped into to make it edgier and terrifying,” Ashwin Saravanan told PTI. “The reaction comes when you are writing. That’s when I thought we had something. In our pursuit of an answer, we cracked the theme of the film.”
The director said while making a home invasion thriller, one has to keep in mind several dos and don’ts, starting with the obvious rule: Don’t be boring.