KARACHI: Hassan Waqas Rana’s movies are turning out to be a battle against the elements for the actors. After having shot both aerial and ground sequences, the director decided to put his cast and crew under the test as he filmed an action sequence at the base camp of K2.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, the director of Waar 2 talked about his 20-day experience on the base camp alongside his cast and crew. “The shoot itself lasted around four days while the remaining days were accounted by travel,” he said.
Already serving as the director and producer of the movie, Rana has taken up additional responsibility as Director of Photography (DP) for this spell. Of this decision, he said, “Having already served as DP for Yalghaar, I had gathered enough experience so I decided to film the scenes myself.”
Despite serving as the DP at the K2 base camp shoot, Rana clarified he will hand over the reins to someone else once they begin filming in London. “I might shoot the ground sequences, but someone else will shoot the aerial and underwater scenes, as filming such parts is a completely different skill altogether,” he added.
Without divulging details about the nature of the scenes that were shot at the K2 base camp, he revealed that it’s essentially an action sequence involving four foreign actors, who were also professional climbers. “We needed them specifically to film the high-altitude action sequence.”
Waar 2’s trailer is expected to release alongside Yalghaar later this year. Even though filming for Waar 2 will not be finished by the time its trailer is released, Rana said they will make use of the scenes they have shot up till that point.
In a previous interview, Rana had mentioned how he wanted the cast for the sequel of Waar to be a mix of the old and the new guard. “I will take actors, both new and old, for Waar 2, especially Ayub Khoso, Adnan Siddiqui and Humayun Saeed.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th, 2015.