NKPK, Soodhu Kavvum and many more to come


By Abhishek Krishnan

Tamil Cinema appears to be heading towards a new era, with a massive list of promising young talents walking into the giant hall of fame. The strong platforms for short films that are being laid by television channels and other groups have appeared to have propped up the confidence of young filmmakers, causing them to venture into the longer set-up of film making.

The interesting part is that most of these young directors have not worked as an assistant to any director. How are these young film makers able to make movies that fare well? How are they able to win the trust of their producers?

The industry has been fortunate to witness some gutsy producers who have stepped forward to produce films directed by these young directors. Ravinder Chandrasekaran, the owner of Libra Productions is one such producer who promotes young talent. When asked about what aspects he looks out in a director and the kind of scripts he chooses, this is what he had to say.

My prime requirement is that the director should not have worked with anyone. I want a fresh director who is passion driven. I do not support directors who are money minded and demand for allowances. Of course I will pay them, but I would like the directors to show more interest in the script.

Secondly I do not want to make scripts that contain social messages. I want to create good entertaining scripts rather than spreading social messages out to the audience.

Thirdly I would not be interested in scripts that aim at mapping heroes. I do not want to produce scripts that are written exclusively for a hero. I would like to have more value for the story. The story has to be my first hero.

I am also particular about the director’s knowledge about budget and cost effectiveness. If a director needs a crane or a propeller for a particular scene, he should have a fair idea of how much it would cost and how he will be able to make use of them cost effectively.

There was a period in the past when film making and its business was no piece of cake. The film makers of the yesteryears had no access to the technology trending in today’s cinema. They had to chip in a lot of manual skill to harvest good products. Technicians cranked their heads to come up with camera tricks and editing techniques to churn out visuals that involved special effects. Moreover, films did not have too many business options. They completely relied on the collection they made in the theaters.

However the movie industry today has entered the carriage of a digital era with technology in the driver’s seat. Film making suddenly seems like a walk on the moon and the number of business options in a film has increased too. This interesting boost up appears to have provided the producers the extra speck of courage.

Producer C.V Kumar, the owner of Thirukumaran Entertainment was delighted to provide us inputs on how he judges a director and invests his trust and money on them.

Directors, who approach me, provide me with bound scripts. I make sure I take the time to go through the script completely before I take it to the next level.

I also have long discussions with the directors to check if they are technically sound and have the ability to convert their stories into films. Some people are good story tellers. But that is simply not enough to be a good director. I make sure they have a good vision and great skill sets. I am not particular that they should have worked with directors or should have done short films before. That would just be an added advantage.

Above all that, I ensure the directors have good leadership qualities. That is a very important aspect, as a director is the captain of the ship. He has to have everything under control. He should be able to handle pressure well. Roping in a fresh director for a film is no easy process. I tend to invest ample time before I invest my money

Young directors find themselves brimming with confidence nowadays. The current trend is such that filmmakers simply venture out with a digital camera and come back home with an interesting short film. They tend to learn from their own mistakes thereby being their own gurus. Nalan Kumarasamy, the director of Soodhu Kavvum, is one such person who made a stomping entry into the film fraternity after helming many short films that have been a big hit in the social media.

I feel it is my short films that have helped me get better access to the producers. I have been able to experiment and learn a lot from my own short films.”

When asked about his entry into the longer format of films this is what he said.

I provided the complete written script to the producer. C.V Kumar sir read through my script thoroughly and signed me up in a week’s time. I am glad my script was selected. If C.V Kumar sir wasn’t there, the movie would not have come to light.

Balaji Tharaneetharan, the director of Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom also mentioned that it was after directing a short film, that he gained confidence to do a feature film.

Before making a short film, I was doubtful about my skills in direction. If I hadn’t directed a short film, I don’t think I would have even made it into the movies.”

Movie watchers have always been bystanders of heavy movies that are stuffed with huge budgets and mass heroes. They have also witnessed some serious films of class that target a particular set of audience. With the new addition of some fresh talent who are coming out with lighter movies covering many other genres, the blend and flavour of Tamil cinema simply seems to get better.

"As fanatics of the tinsel town, we are looking forward for the release of more NKPK's and Soodhu Kavvum's that would continue to enthrall a large spectrum of audience"



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