the distinguished Tamil writer has a varied
and vivid experience as a dialogue writer
for Tamil films. He has been associated
with Shankar, Manirathnam, Kamal and a hoard
of others. The keyword for contemporary
cinema is ‘don’t talk, show’.
pioneer for this style of filming
is Manirathnam. Shankar also follows
similar style of dialogue writing.
Though these two illustrious directors
differ in their film making style,
they are alike in having their character
speak in crispy tones.
There would be lengthy dialogues only
when there is a chance of a scene
not being understood by the audience.
Unless it is extremely essential,
these directors are not inclined to
let their characters go on a talking
TV scene in Indian where the Indian thatha
talks of corruption, TV interview scene
in Mudhalvan, Nehru stadium scene in Anniyan-
these are some of the scenes which had long
drawn out dialogues. An intelligent filmmaker
would rely more on the body language to
convey the emotions or the essence of a
scene rather than through the prolonged
dialogues. In the recent times Sujatha has
written a fairly lengthy dialogue for Sivaji
in a terrace scene. Rajini fans would have
to wait for some more time to enjoy their
icon mouthing such a speech.