PETALING JAYA- Kerala-born director Rupesh Paul (pic), much vilified on cyberspace for his plan to make a movie on the missing MH370, is adamant about his film project.
He refuted claims that he was taking advantage of the publicity surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight with the movie which has been titled The Vanishing Act.
The movie would not affect the families of the passengers and that he promised the story would not be exploitative, he said in an e-mail interview.
Rupesh Paul Productions has been promoting a trailer of the movie among film buyers at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival in France.
The trailer, which is uploaded on YouTube, has received countless criticisms with netizens commenting that it was disrespectful to make money out of a tragedy where the affected people have yet to find closure.
However, Paul maintained the movie was a thriller and that it would not cash in on the missing flight.
He also described his Indian audience as "very intelligent" and with a passion for movies.
"When you make movies for such an audience, no one knows what they may or may not like. As for me, I have received more love than backlash from the people. In fact, overwhelming love," he said.
He also noted that he was no stranger to controversy and box office flops as he was committed "to remain an artist at any cost."
"My first movie, The Temptations Between My Legs, was denied a censor's certificate. Later, one of my films, My Mother's Laptop, was a failure at the box-office. I think that failures taught me more. I re-evaluated my techniques at narration, screen-play and direction," he said.
AP reported that Paul hoped to shoot the film in India and the United States and that a worldwide release was planned for September.