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After making a small but impactful dent through his first film Kazhugu, director Sathya Siva, who has sort of made a niche for himself with his hard-hitting portrayal of real life, is all stirred up with his 3rd directorial, Savaale Samaali. In contrast to his previous two films, he has tried his hands on a comedy film this time. In a quick chat with Behindwoods, Sathya Siva talks about Savaale Samaali and much more.

Reason behind christening the film as Savaale Samaali?  Does the film have anything in common with the yesteryear classic of Sivaji’s of the same name or was it just named that way since it looked tailor made for the film?

Like every other director, even I too wish that I had worked on a film with the legendary actor Sivaji (late), but I am glad that at least I could use his title in my film. Apart from the title, you wouldn’t find any similarities between the two films.

In a casual brain storming session with the producer, we randomly thought of our struggles and how we overcame it and that’s when this title came up. We felt it sits pretty well with the storyline of the film.

Apart from the title, you wouldn’t find any similarities between the two films.

From two hard-hitting films, Kazhugu and Sivappu (Unreleased), to a totally different genre this time (comedy)- why?

A director dreams to master all genres of films. To offer variety in each film is what as a director, we strive for. Likewise all my three films are different in their respective rights. I presume that I cannot make a film without comedy. Humor is something that is ingrained in me, even Kazhugu had ample scope for satire.

Even Kazhugu had ample scope for satire.

What can we expect from Savaale Samaali?

Though Savaale Samaali is an outright comedy film, it is under-laid with an interesting topical concept. We generally tend to ignore things behind the screen, not just in film but even in our day-to-day activities, we only look at the subject but don’t care what goes behind that. This story is about people behind the screen.

It has neither violence nor profanity. It’s a simple clean, feel-good film which runs close to 2 hours and 30 minutes that an entire family can watch without brooding.

How did you zero in with Ashok Selvan and Bindu Madhavi?

Frankly speaking, I did not handpick them. The producers said that they had Ashok Selvan’s dates in hand and asked me if he would suit the bill, I absolutely had no hesitation and said yes the very moment.

Ashok Selvan has been doing some good but serious films and this would be good change for him to do a comedy film.

Likewise, the script demanded bulk dates from the heroine character and since I had already worked with Bindu in Kazhugu, I knew she wouldn’t mind giving me 100 plus days from her call sheet.

Bindu Madhavi - From Kazhugu to Savaale Samaali?

Bindu did not listen to the script before shooting and she did not have any clue of what her role was going to be. And on her first day of shoot, when she was offered some fancy modern colorful attire, she was in shock and disbelief if those were the clothes that she had to wear since they looked so modern and totally not like her Kazhugu costumes. She in fact felt that there was some confusion with the costumes department and only later when I clarified her doubts and explained about her character, she knew those were the right costumes. From a downright native role with authentic country girl type looks in Kazhugu, Bindu sports a completely different modern day girl look in Savaale Samaali.

Bindu Madhavi was in shock and disbelief 

Tell us something more about Ashok Selvan?

Ashok Selvan had a tough initial 2 days. He likes to be prepared while coming for shoot, so he asked me for his scenes in advance and I have a practice of not letting the actors know too much about their scenes in advance since I like to improvise on sets. So the first few days were pretty hard for him but as days passed by, he got adapted to my style of working.

Ashok Selvan likes to be prepared while coming for shoot

P. Shelvakumar in Savaale Samaali and Madhu Ambat in Sivappu ?

Madhu Ambat is a genius and so is Shelvakumar. I have learned so much of technical nuances from Shelvakumar as much as I learned from Madhu Ambat. Shelva has been in the industry for over 30 years. He has done some excellent work in Bengali films. It was an extremely pleasing experience to work with him and his cinematography sure adds a lot of zest to the film.

Few words about Thaman

A very busy music director in Telugu found time to compose some superhit numbers for us. BGM is very important in horror and comedy films and I am glad that it has come out so well.


My producers gave me this chance when I was finding it hard to release Sivappu. It takes great courage to offer a director who struggles to release his second film. To find producers like this is a gift. Moreover they were more than just producers, they are young, they go with the trend and so it was always helpful to have them around. I am forever grateful to Rajarajan and Kavitha.

It takes great courage to offer a director who struggles to release his second film


Your all-time favorite film?

There are so many, especially I am a huge fan of classic old films and films that are close to reality. The satisfaction and energy that a good reality based film gives you are unmatchable.

If I had to pick one recent film I would say Vazhakku Enn 18/9.



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