Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the acclaimed filmmaker behind movies like Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Mission Kashmir, and Shikara, is back with his next directorial venture, 12th Fail. The film, starring Vikrant Massey in the lead role, is based on Anurag Pathak’s best-selling novel of the same name, which narrates the incredible journey of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma and IRS officer Shraddha Joshi. The film is also inspired by millions of true stories of students who attempt the world’s toughest competitive exam – UPSC.
Vikrant Massey’s ‘12th Fail’ Trailer Launch
The makers of the film had recently released an intriguing teaser, which gives a sneak peek into the life of a UPSC aspirant, who hails from Chambal and has a criminal past. The teaser shows Vikrant Massey as a young man who dreams of becoming an IPS officer and joins a coaching centre in Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar. He faces various challenges and hardships along the way, but also finds friendship and love in his journey. The teaser ends with a powerful dialogue by Vikrant Massey, who says, “Zabaan chalana shuru kahan ki ab tak – Chambal ka hoon, samjha?” (Where do I start talking from – I am from Chambal, understand?)
About Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘12th Fail’
The film is based on a true story and is touted to be an authentic portrayal of the lives and struggles of UPSC students, their grit, integrity, determination, and the enduring friendships they develop. Vidhu Vinod Chopra has shot the film in real locations with real students, adding to the realism and authenticity of the story. The film has been shot extensively in Delhi, especially in Mukherjee Nagar and Old Rajendra Nagar, which are known to be hubs for UPSC coaching centres and aspirants.
‘In The Last Two Months, I Have Lived Six To Eight Months Of My Life,’ Says Vikrant Massey On Filming 12th Fail
The movie began production in October and was filmed in a number of locations, including Mumbai, Delhi, Mussoorie, Chambal, and Abra.
This is the first movie to have been filmed in Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar, the centre of Hindi-language Union Public Service Commission preparations, according to the filmmakers. The movie, which is based on actual events, tells the narrative of students who want to join the Indian Aspirant Service and the Indian Police Service.
In terms of acting, Chopra thinks this is his best movie. “I have a feeling that this could be my best-performed film it date.” He stated in a statement, “When I started filming 12th Fail, I had no idea I would end up enjoying it this much that it would perhaps turn out to be one of my best films. Also, everyone in the crew was so young. I got to boss around kids half my age, while making a film about students. What else do I want in life?”
Vikrant had responded to the experience of shooting the 12th failure by saying, “My experience on this film was phenomenal. Probably the best experience I ever had. It is one of the most special stories that I am a part of and also one of the most challenging parts that I had to play. I’m really, really excited.”
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