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Director Perarasu is one happy
man and he has all the reasons
to feel so. With his latest
film Tirupathi completing 100
days and another film ‘Dharmapuri’
committed with captain, the
director is understandably on
cloud nine. He was spotted recently
in a marriage hall signing autographs
with a very different and interesting
saying ‘You are my country’.
He is touched by the adulation
he receives and is on a trip
of thanksgiving to his fans.
He dedicates his current standing
in the industry to them and
says, “Fan clubs have
existed till date only for people
in front of the camera.
If I am right, my fan clubs
are one of its kinds for a director”.
The southern districts of Tribhuvanam,
Naatarasan Kottai and Sivagangai
are dotted with his fan clubs.
He is a proud and happy man.
Producer A M Rathnam expressed
his desire of Perarasu directing
a film for him. Incidentally
it was Rathnam who suggested
Vijayakanth’s name for
the film. When Rathnam and captain
heard the ‘one liner’
of the movie, they both liked
it instantly and thus ‘Dharmapuri’
was born without even a heroine.
time ‘father setiment’
Opening the first shot of a
film with a temple tower is
Perarasu’s favorite sentiment.
He is also fond of having the
names of towns or cities as
film titles. In this case, he
wanted the title to reflect
on a quality of captain also.
So he chose ‘Dharmapuri’
when interpreted differently
indicates someone who is munificent
or doing a lot of Dharma.
‘Run’ had an opening
shot with Srirangam temple and
the film was a run away success,
shooting commenced there. Secondly,
it is easier to manage crowd
in that spot.
are the only two reasons and there is
absolutely no sentiment factor from
the captain’s side. Tirupachi
and Sivakasi was dripping with sister
sentiment while ‘free for delivery’
was the theme in Tirupathi but Dharmapuri
revolves around ‘father sentiment’.
In the present scenario, corrupt
life style may not bring misery
but it is an uphill task for
an honest man. This is the
main plot of the film, which
deals in detail of one such
simple and straightforward
person and the trials and
tribulations he faces in life.
Of course, comedy and emotion
are mixed in right proportion
and lead the film. Hero belongs
to middle class family who
ekes out a living by lending
chairs, vessels to marriage
hall. At this juncture Perarasu
was a bit apprehensive about
captain doing this kind of
a role but he agreed instantly.
“The story line is the
deciding factor for Captain”,
he says. Of course, there
are punch dialogues for Vijayakanth
but it is not politically
motivated and not aimed at
Roy is the heroine who was booked
only after two months of commencement
of the shooting. She comes as
a village belle who is Vijayakanth’s
cousin and love interest.
As usual Perarasu has penned
all the lyrics and has even
exercised his vocal chord .For
him, this is his maiden venture
in the singing segment. Srikanth
Deva who is the music composer
for this film motivated Perarasu
to sing as he had heard him
render a few numbers while writing
He is very clear and has no
qualms when he says his films
are aimed at the B and C audience
and for women. His movies
generally evoke a good response
from women and he would surely
not disappoint them.
is in awe of captain who despite
his busy schedule of shuttling
between too many activities
like visiting his constituency,
assembly and functions, cooperated
fully in completing the shoot.
Most of the film is wrapped
up in Srirangam, Chennai and
is also impressed with the way shooting
has been progressing and it would be
a sure release for Diwali. The surprise
element would be Perarasu acting in
a cameo in this movie too. He signs
off saying that he would spare the audience
by not acting as hero.