MUMBAI: After Roop Tera Mastana… from Aradhana which was supposedly canned in a single take on Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore by Shakti Samanta, filmmakers have often tried to do such sort of achievement.
The latest is debutant director Haroon Rashid who has completed a feature film of two hours and twenty minutes length in just one take without a single cut. Rashid claims that the film, titled One Shot Fear Without A Cut, is qualified as the world‘s longest one-take film and has been sent to the Guinness book of world records for the same.
The film’s story revolves around the TRP game of media and how a team of a particular television channel gets trapped in this race and desires to get fame and recognition overnight. This greed of theirs takes them to a haunted place, uninhabited for several years. The crux of the film follows hereon.
Rashid who wrote and directed the film had to double up as the cinematographer as well after many DOPs (director of photography) deserted him midway after a few days of rehearsal.
On the challenges, Rashid said, "We shot a full-length film with songs, dance, real-time action and chase scenes spread across seven kilometers on actual locations. We were very accurate in what we did because if one would have gone wrong we would have had to do it all over again."
To make sure nothing went wrong, Rashid rehearsed with his crew for a few months. "We rehearsed for almost five months before shooting the film and we got it right in the seventh or eighth final take," he pointed out.
The film is a magnificent presentation of a very well synchronized team-work. Covering four locations over a distance of seven kilometers, starting from the sea to the road, road to the jungle and jungle to the final building, again all in one shot was no easy task."It took a lot of courage, passion, trust and faith to achieve our goal, "observed Rashid.