Report by Santanu Ganguly, New Delhi: The scariest thing of our childhood is the devil we think who rests under our cots. The thought seems spine chilling even now. But if we are to give a fight to zombies or so much as face them for reel? Sounds dreadful, isn’t it? Yet, 11 year old Aryana Engineer, who is hearing impaired in real life, has accomplished the feat.
Resident Evil-Retribution, the Sony Pictures flick which releases on 28th September, the previous films of which has engaged the audience with its action, speed and zombies, now introduces a new character of Becky, a young deaf girl who forges a strong bond with Alice. The character of Becky was a Deaf character and the film makers wanted to cast a deaf girl. Says Paul Anderson, the director of the film, “We wanted to cast a deaf actress to play her, even though that meant that Milla had to learn sign language to be able to communicate with her in the film. Aryana had only done one movie before this, but she really achieved a lot. She grew as an actress and delivered a terrific performance.”
When the story of Resident Evil gets more complicated adding a character of a child became the filmmakers’ way to explore a previously hidden side of Alice. “Now that Milla herself has a child, I felt it was the right time. To see how a hardened warrior deals with it brought a very interesting aspect to Milla’s performance in this movie. It brings something fresh and different to the franchise,” said Anderson.
Aryana rose to fame with her character of Maxine Coleman played in film Orphan. At the age of 6 when a local talent agent spotted Aryana using sign language she was recommended to the producers for the character of Maxine, a blond- haired little girl who knew sign language. Her talent met recognition and she was immediately signed for the role. With the character of Becky, the audience gets reintroduced to this little gifted actress.
Resident Evil- Retribution releases in 3D all over India in Hindi,English, Tamil and Telugu.