After a critically acclaimed reception at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, where it was the first runner-up for the People’s Choice Award: Midnight Madness, Nikhil Nagesh Bhat’s critically acclaimed action film Kill will soon be released in cinemas worldwide.

According to the summary:When army commando Amrit learns that his true love Tulika has been betrothed against her will, he boards a train to New Delhi in a daring attempt to stop the arranged marriage. But when a gang of knife-wielding thieves led by the ruthless Fani begin terrorizing innocent passengers on his train, Amrit takes on them in a death-defying killing spree to save those around him. What should have been a normal commute turns into an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.

In preparation for the much-anticipated launch, we had the opportunity to speak to legendary producer Karan Johar (Cow Cow Hot Heath; Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham; My name is Khan) of Dharma Productions and co-producer Guneet Monga of Sikhya Entertainment to talk about the film that is taking the world by storm.

Although our conversation was brief, they explained how the film, which has been positively compared to The robbery And John Wickwas eventually made and why they felt newcomer Lakshya was the perfect choice for the film’s lead.

Kill has been so well received by critics and audiences that Lionsgate and 87Eleven – the masterminds behind the John Wick franchise – are already working on reworking it for an English-speaking audience.

The film stars Lakshya (“Amrit”), Raghav Juyal (“Fani”), Tanya Maniktala (“Tulika”), Abhishek Chauhan (“Viresh”), Ashish Vidyarthi (“Beni”), Adrija Sinha (“Aahna”), Harsh Chhaya (“Baldev Singh Thakur”), Parth Tiwari (“Siddhi”), Akshay Vichare (“Ujala”), Jitendra Kumar Sharma (“Akhilesh Jha (RPF Personnel)”), Rupesh Kumar Charanpahari (“Bishnu”), Sahil Gangurde (“Badlu”), Priyam Gupta (“Kulli”), Vivek Kashyap (“Mukund”), Sameer Kumar (“Bechan”), Calib Logan (“Brahmeshwar”), Moses Marton (“Murari”) and Reyazz (“Surajbhan”).

Kill will be in theaters tomorrow, July 4th!

Watch our full video interview with producers Karan Johar and Guneet Monga below and/or scroll down to read the transcript. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more exclusive content!

ROHAN: Guneet- Kill is a departure from the films that you and Karan have made over the course of your careers. What was it about Nikhil’s script that resonated with you so much that you were convinced to take it to Karan for a shot?

GUNET: It’s a great question, Rohan. So, basically, I always wanted to do a non-stop action film, with hand-to-hand combat, you know, I love it. I watch all action films and I’m a big fan of them, and when Nikhil came up with this concept, I was just excited. It fit into something that I’ve always wanted to do for a long time. For me, it was how we were going to do this on a train, for 90 minutes, non-stop action, and that kind of choreography was a challenge to tackle. And I didn’t know how we were going to do it in India either.

So when we pitched it to Karan and right away that same day, within 30 minutes or an hour of our conversation, he said, I’m in, let’s do it. And that was also incredibly encouraging because here’s a studio that’s backing your vision, fully financing the film, and action films are actually bigger to make because it’s, you know, camera, crew, prosthetics, action, rehearsals, so this is nine months of hard preparation. So it’s definitely a bigger budget to step into, for both Nikhil and I, this was something we wanted to do.

We worked on it for a long time, but with Dharma, it was like we had superpowers to do what we really wanted to do. There was no rushing. We brought in the choreographer, one of the best in the world, Mr. Oh from Korea, for four months, who did the choreography, so we went on a journey to make this film and here we are, we broke through at the Toronto International Film Festival. Then we had Lionsgate, you know, the whole journey has been pretty exciting, and Kill has really been seen for what it is and loved by audiences so far and we’re looking forward to the release on July 4th.

ROHAN: Karan – When you think of a Dharma hero, we think of a Rahul or a Rohan, basically anyone with an R name, but Kill redefines the concept of Dharma hero with Amrit, played perfectly by Lakshya.

You’ve been trying to launch him for a few years. When did you know he was the right person for the role?

KARAN: Look, I’ve said it before, when he walked into the room, I was introduced to him by casting director Shanu Sharma, who has worked with me a lot and has actually cast most of the films that I’ve directed. He just walked in and as soon as he walked in, and I was talking to him, two minutes later, in my head, like a bubble popped up that said, he’s a movie star. And that was what I was really optimistic about, to put him in a really strong film. We tried to do Dostana, we tried to do another film, but it’s actually Kill that really, really consolidated all of our collective energies, you know, to bring him out in the best way possible.

I am so happy that Guneet and Nikhil, the director, were on board with me, that we believed in him. We knew he would work hard for it, which he did in spades, and the proof is in the pudding. When you watch the film, you know from the very first frame, you don’t realise that this is his first feature film, and then all credit to Nikhil, for actually taking care of it and to the actual team for making sure that they positioned him in the way that he really should have been, and now I really hope that the industry has a new movie star after Kill.

ROHAN: Yes, he’s an instant movie star.

Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it. I am a huge fan of your work, grew up with your films.

KARAN: Thank you very much – I don’t have to tell you, but I love your name. I’ve used it a lot in my films.

ROHAN: Oh I know and I appreciate it, I always get a lot of love because of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Thank you!

When army commando Amrit (Lakshya) learns that his one true love Tulika (Tanya Maniktala) has been engaged against her will, he boards a train to New Delhi in a daring attempt to stop the arranged marriage. But when a gang of knife-wielding thieves led by the ruthless Fani (Raghav Juyal) begin terrorizing innocent passengers on his train, Amrit takes on them in a death-defying killing spree to save those around him – turning what should have been a routine commute into an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.

Kill in theaters from July 4th!