Q: Then you went back to studies.
Yes, I just about managed to finish school and
joined the Institute for training in cinematography.
I then went to Mani sir again who was shooting
for Iruvar in Madurai. I told him and Santosh(Sivan)
sir that I wanted to work in films, but behind-the-scenes.
So, I started working as an associate under Santosh
sir. I have worked in Terrorist, Ashoka and many
other films and several ad films. It was a great
When and how did you get the inspiration to go
Once I decided to launch out alone, I thought
that I would do a story in which I had one hundred
per cent faith. I was so attached to the script
of Arindum, that this would be my first venture.
Many dissuaded me from trying it. But, I share
the same wavelength with my father in real life
and hence could relate to the situations and emotions.
How was the experience of directing your first
It was just plain fun. There was no tension as
we had a young crew. We enjoyed every bit of the
experience and as I had worked under Santosh sir,
the discipline really made me adjust well.
What are your future projects?
I am now doing Pattiyal.
Then, I have several offers, but I am weighing
the scripts before saying yes.
What is your advice to aspiring film-makers?
I am myself a learner. But, one thing which I
would definitely say is do your own thing. Take
the advice of experienced professionals. Be a
good listener. But, act according to your gut
feeling. Only when you work with passion, can
your film be successful.
Your wife is also from movies.
She is my childhood sweetheart. Both of us worked
under Santosh sir. She is a busy costume designer
for many films. She is very choosy about her projects,
as we have a young child now.
What would you like to tell the viewers of behindwoods?
I thank behindwoods giving me an opportunity to
talk to the viewers. I want them to watch more
and more movies. I want them to give us the same
affection and appreciation that they have given
to our films so far.
What is your general view on filmmaking?
I am an avid watcher. I do not know the count
of films I have watched. Every film creates an
impression and your style is a cumulative result
of these impressions. I imbibe a lot from my work
and personal experiences. Hence, the realism is
striking in my work.