On your controversial comment on Beema
was not very mean. I just spoke my mind and Lingusamy
did not take it well. I am sure they will do the
same with my films too. I believe that a film
is your film till it reaches the theatre. Once
it reaches there, it becomes everybody’s.
When I went with so much of expectations and when
I did not like it, I said that. I was in the US
when a journalist from Hindu called me for my
comments on the films I liked and disliked in
their Friday columns. And I said ‘Beema
was the film I recently saw and did not like it’.
He asked me if he can quote me and I said ‘yes,
when I met Vijay for a story discussion, he gave
me a couple of DVDs and asked me to include those
elements in my film. I knew I cannot do it. And
Ananda Vikadan guys had quoted me with a particular
word which is not at all there in my vocabulary.
So Vijay had apparently called my PRO and asked
why I said that. So my candidness has got me into
is your take on Dasavatharam?
liked the different roles and Kamal sir’s
efforts. I liked the Telugu speaking police officer.
Kamal sir was tremendous. Only he can do such
roles. But the film did not work for me. I thought
some of the make-up could have been done better
especially when Kamal sir is at the helm of affairs
and expectations are high. And you expect it right
up there. But it was not. But I liked what he
did with he characters. I don’t think anybody
could have done that kind of work. .
is the Tamil director you like?
Rathnam. I like all his films. Recently I saw
Subramaniapuram and I liked Sasikumar’s
work. I heard that he is acting but I feel a director
like him should continue to direct films.
is too early to talk about him. Let him give at
least five films and then I can talk about him.
are the films that you like in the recent times?
saw Saroja and liked Venkat Prabhu’s work.
It is not the usual run-of-the mill type. It is
different and I liked it.
saw Poo; it did not work for me. I felt it was
one dimensional and there was over acting. I liked
the way the film ended with the heroine crying.
She is disappointed more with the fact that her
lover’s life has not gone right than for
herself which will be very difficult for the normal
audience to understand.
about world cinema?
like all of Martin Scorsese’s films especially
Raging Bull. If I want to remake a film, it would
be Martin’s Departed. When I made Pachaikili,
I had done it from the book and I had no visual
inspiration. But people accused me of remaking
Apart from Martin Scorsese, I like Steven Speilberg’s
films. My favorite film is Robin William’s
Dead Poet’s society. My dad was moved by
you make such a film?
would love to do it. But here one needs to make
some 15 films and establish themselves in such
a way that audience would come to watch a director’s
film unmindful of the cast. When so much of money
is involved, there are many constraints. But right
now, I am into production and I am free to experiment
what I want.