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Thoongavanam director Rajesh M Selva on the response of his film
Kamal starrer Rajesh M Selva directorial Thoongavanam hit the screens for this Diwali on the 10th of November. The film has been appreciated by the audience as classy and we talk to the debut director for his take about the response of his film.
“When we started the film, the first thing which we as a team were keen was that we should respect the audience’s taste and sensibilities. We decided that we will not spoon feed them. We are happy that people are pointing this out saying we have rendered a classy product. If you had noticed, there would not be any extreme close-up shots in the film to explain to people.
Kamal sir would always say that the viewers are far more intelligent and superior than the filmmakers and not to underestimate them. Today, the audiences are exposed to all kinds of world cinema and know what’s going on around them.
What I consider as my biggest achievement is the response of the audience during a night show at Albert theatre in Chennai, which is generally known for its revelry while watching big star’s films. And to my surprise, they watched it with total silence. There were no cat calls or taunts or jibes. They just clapped at the end and left. This is really a big thing there.
We have made a quality Tamil film with good technical work, understood and not over the top performances with a good narration. This is not a regular film where there is a grand hero introduction song, but on the contrary, begins with the hero getting bashed up. We can do this only with Kamal sir. Audiences have understood the film and are appreciating it.
Trade reports are also positive with screens being increased in the US.”
As an additional information Rajesh says that the French original (Nuit Blanche) of Thoongavanam is going to be remade in Hollywood with Warner Brothers having got the remake rights and Jamie Foxx reprising Kamal sir’s role. The film is said to hit the screens in 2016.    

Jyothsna Bhavanishankar




Thoongavanam director Rajesh M Selva on the response of his film

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