After Sudhir Mishra’s 2005 film Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi, debutant filmmaker Kabir Lovee’s San 75 takes on a unique approach to portraying the Emergency era of 1975-77 with a madcap twist. “We’re referring to Indira Gandhi as ‘Queen’ and Sanjay Gandhi, who was at the forefront of bringing technology into India, as ‘Prince’,” Kabir clarifies, further revealing that one of Indira’s speeches has been officially adapted into a quirky rap number titled ‘Panic,’ which will be set against real footage from the period.The period thriller begins from June 25, 1975, the day the Emergency came in to effect, and follows a German who brings the first mobile phone prototype, which cost Rs 40 lakh then, into India.
Two local goons from Kakori who can’t figure out what the mysterious object is kidnap him.
“The incident piques the interest of intelligence and security agencies as they manipulate each other to get their hands on the phone,” Kabir smiles at the thought of his film, adding that his leading man Kay Kay Menon ‘s character resembles JNU student activist Kanhaiya Kumar. “He is an opportunist; he knows what is going wrong around him and moves from the good to the bad side.” The tonality of the film is styled with black wigs, long locks, bellbottoms, checkered shirts and a Dawood-esque spectacled look. Directed by Navneet Behal , San 75has been shot entirely in Lucknow on real locations of police stations, courthouses and markets, modified to resemble the 1970s.