Tales from Danger Zones
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Bigelow started working on Zero Dark Thirty — which releases in India on January 25 — six years ago with a very different ending. When US President Barack Obama announced that the US has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, Mark started talking to sources afresh. "It was all based on a first-hand account, so I felt it was very vivid, vital and immediate," the director says.
Boal, on his part, did extensive research. He got through to the CIA for access to the Abbottabad raid and the intelligence that led up to it. "We had to stick to real-life evidence and first-hand accounts and change it as per real-time developments," says Boal, who shot a part of the movie in North India.
Making a movie on a difficult subject like this not only involves great research skills, but also persistence and patience. It was mandatory that Bigelow and Boal worked in tandem, and each one was aware of the other's work. "The research part was more difficult as there were a lot of controversies on us getting the classified material. And shooting the climax, 'The raid that killed Bin Laden', was a task. People know what happened, but they don't know how it happened," says Boal.
After two realistic, hard-hitting films, are the two now planning to take it easy with their third one? "I don't like easy films," quips Bigelow. Boal, however, confesses that nothing concrete has been developed yet. "We are working on our next script, but with Oscars in our kitty, the responsibility will be higher. We have to do better than The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty," he says.
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