Film Directors

Harikumar says that he tried to milk the goat
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 | Comment (0)

Bodinayakanur GanesanAfter Thoothukudi and Madurai Sambhavam, Harikumar is acting in a film titled Bodinayakanur Ganesan. The shooting of this film is going in and around Theni. Harikumar while speaking about this film said,” This film has also a strong story like my earlier films.

I am donning the role of a tough person who falls in love with Arundhathi. Songs were given importance in the film Thoothukudi. Similarly songs have been given importance in this film also.

Recently a song sequence beginning with the line Murattu Macchan was shot. So we acquired 100 goats and let them graze in the fields.

In this scene I had to milk the goat and mix it with tamarind pulp and give it to Arundhathi to drink. So we decided to catch a goat and tried to milk it. But the goat ran away. It took many hours to shoot this scene. Finally we succeeded after many hours.”

Successful Filmmakers, Unsuccessful sons
Monday, 29 November 2010 | Comment (0)

In Tamil film industry, this has been evident from a very long time. The most happening maverick filmmakers of Kollywood have failed to get their sons reach over the top. We bring you an exclusive look on such directors and about their sons middling career.

BharathirajaBharathiraja: He has been such a wonderful director, but yet he has not been so successful in launching his son Manoj. Manoj always wanted to be a fantabulous filmmaker, but had to take up acting with his father’s advise. He made his debut under such a big project titled ‘Taj Mahal’ that was made in the collaboration of his father Bharathiraja-Manirathnam-A.R. Rahman-Vairamuthu. But the film bombed at box office and the actor strived to make it bigger in other projects. But the result was again the same. Bharathiraja had plans about remaking his yesteryear blockbuster ‘Sigappu Rojakkal’ with Manoj. But it didn’t happen.


BhagyaraBhagyaraj: He wasn’t just a victorious filmmaker, but a great screenwriter, story teller and a finest actor as well. His Santhanoo was supposed to make his debut in Sasikumar’s ‘Subramaniapuram’, but Bhagyaraj didn’t want his son to be a part of film that has a tragic ending. It was a wrong decision and his first film ‘Sakkarakatti’ was a box office disaster. Now Santhanoo has completed shooting ‘Aayiram Vilakku’ and the closer sources reveal that he has done a great job. He is also done with his father’s direction ‘Siddhu +2, First Attempt’. Let us hope he gives a good performance in these films.

PandiarajanPandiarajan: In all likelihood, Pandiarajan is also one of the versatile actor and storyteller of golden ages in Tamil film industry. His son Prithvi isn’t able to make it bigger. But as a successful director and a responsible father, we are sure he would reach his son to a top-charting position in mere future.

An interview with Thambi Ramaiah
Sunday, 28 November 2010 | Comment (0)

Thambi RamaiahHow did you become an actor?

I did a small role with Goundamani in the Sathyaraj starrer Malabar Police. Then I appeared with Vadivelu in the film Manu Needhi. Though I did character roles in Kodambakkam, Oram Po and Vetrivel Sakthivel, I did not get the expected. So I thought that acting is not suitable for me and I patiently waited. Myna has now changed my life. This film is a turning point.

How did you become a director?

I actually came to cinema to write lyrics and compose music. Unexpectedly I became a director. I directed Manu Needhi which had Murali in the lead role and also Vadivelu starrer Indralogathil Na Azhagappan. Now I will be directing a new film titled Oru Koodai Mutham which has new faces. I have written all the songs and also worked as a co music composer in this film.

Will you continue to direct films?

Sasikumar says that he is Eesan
Friday, 26 November 2010 | Comment (3)

EesanEesan is the next film of Sasikumar. He has begun this film and completed it without anybody’s knowledge. When we told that there is a great craze for him among college girls, he felt shy. We spoke to the creator of Eesan.

All of your films have a different type of interesting characters. For instance in Nadodigal the role of Viji’s father and similarly in Subramaniapuram, the role of the mike ser man. Is there any such character in Eesan?

Right from beginning of this film I was very firm that this film should not make people remember my earlier films. But there is also a character in this film like you have said. There are only 12 characters in this film. But you will not see the actors since they had lived their roles.

You are giving wonderful films. What type of books do you read?

I want to tell you the truth. During my assistant director days, I never has the time to read books. Lots of my friends use to give literary books. But I have never read these. Now I have started reading books given by my friends.

There was confusion in the title of this film?

When my friends asked me what was the title of this film I told them Subramaniapuram is a village subject and the next is city ( Nagaram). On hearing this, the media said that the title of my next film is Nagaram. Usually I will title the film only after completing the shooting. Now only the title has been finalized as Eesan.

Director Sasikumar’s ‘Easan’ music launched in style
Monday, 22 November 2010 | Comment (0)

Director Sasikumar Director Sasikumar has made huge fans to follow him just with his single direction of ‘Subramaniapuram’. After couple of years, he is back with ‘Easan’. This time, the complete film is set in backdrops of Chennai City as the story revolves around the good and bad shades of Chennai.

Recently the film’s audio was launched at Sathyam Cinemas that had coming together of filmmakers from various regional film industries. Director Renjith of Malayalam film industry, Yograj Bhat of Kannada film industry, Bollywood’s Anurag Kashyap, director Ameer and Bala were present along with ace filmmaker K. Balachandran.

Every filmmaker who spoke on the occasion appreciated Sasikumar’s ability to create a revival in Tamil cinema. Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap announced that his next film in Hindi based on the same concept of ‘Subramaniapuram’. Singing praises of Bala’s ‘Naan Kadavul’, he said, “Soon after watching the film, I went to the same locations where he shot the film and was driven crazy to see there were no places to fix the camera and how come Bala achieved it.”


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