So his production time will be less as the vetting happens before — which is an efficient way to maintaining budget. The hero didn’t mind a strong woman character, he just didn’t like the introduction scene. So I will definitely continue to explore this medium, even Anurag Kashyap does it. I had kept a hero introduction scene and a heroine introduction scene as well. For example, even if I make a very mainstream movie my women characters would not be dormant. Bollywood seems to have taken streaming platforms like Amazon, Netflix seriously. I love films like Dhool, Sandakozhi etc. With Murgadoss sir, it was about scale. Actually, ‘Lakshmi’ was shot before ‘Echarikai’. But I will make sure the character doesn’t suffer. You get complete freedom with the platform — you can be honest to your ideas; no censorship; minimal budget; it will definitely get a release. Murugadoss sir is also a great writer, his discussions are very interesting. You studied at Rajiv Menon’s school, worked with Mani Ratnam and AR Murugadoss and now collaborating with Gautham Menon. Even your upcoming film with Nayanthara has been described as an emotional-horror film. The lessons I learnt from both of them were so different that I ended up coming out with a lot of insights. Mani Ratnam and AR Murugadoss belong to two extremely different schools of film-making. He was filming Kaththi then. We have started facing that now. Where do you find the balance? `
How did the collaboration with Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Ondraga Entertainment happen? I might take that off and strengthen the character in a different way. He referred me to Mani sir. Not all ideas put forth by a maker end up receiving the right kind of attention. I don’t see them as a compromise but rather a balance. And I will definitely be doing it — Madhavan sir has done a web series. I studied cinematography, not direction, at Rajiv Menon sir’s school. The audience’s reaction isn’t our hands. ‘Maa’ also lead him to bag his next film with Lady Superstar Nayanthara. How long do you think it will take for the trend to reach Kollywood? The opportunity with Murugadoss sir came then. You have said that the controversy around Lakshmi did infringe in your process for ‘Maa’. The trend first started at Hollywood — ten years, a film ran only for a weekend until it was a super hit. I came out and started doing music videos as I wanted to be independent. I don’t think I can escape emotions — emotions always work. I approached them and they really liked it — Venkat, Reshma ma’am and Gautham sir. Personally, I loved Kaththi. It is going to happen very soon. It is a clever way to tell stories. The key is to stay engaged. Your stories seem to have a robust emotional core. I had narrated a story to a hero and he had liked it. However, Lakshmi was released when I was wrapping up ‘Echarikai’. I will make sure she has a role to play in the story. I sent Lakshmi to several festivals and when it reached the point of saturation, I decided I will release it on YouTube. They immediately fixed a date and within two weeks, the film was released. It was for Ponniyin Selvan but that project got dropped. He takes a lot of time with pre-production. How do you handle with such delays? The gap comes only between what we conceive, what we make and what reaches the audience. That’s how I feel. But I worked on Kadal and another script. Both your shorts have been backed by them. In an earlier interview, you have said that you love the idea of a mass film provided it is balanced with your sensibilities. They got such streaming, digital platforms then. But to answer your question, I will continue making short films even if I make feature films. I wanted to get into cinema. How did you handle it? It is quite natural. Tell us about working with them. We are all humans — all of us have relationships, emotions etc. In conversation with indianexpress.com, the director talks about controversies, Echarikai (which he assures me is not even remotely close to ‘Taken’), Mani Ratnam, AR Murugadoss and more. It was shot one and half years back. And with Maa, the verdict was more unanimous. A bound script will be ready two months before shoot. So, do you say what you want to or give the audience what they want? Now there are several platforms that enable us to do so as well. From Mani sir, it was execution. It is fair enough that a hero of a star value expects that. We used to sit for Kaththi, it was amazing to see him give a completely new perspective that functions within the mainstream. Adha avaru kiterundhu dhan kathukanum! He is a veteran and no matter how big the stars are, his first shot will be at 6:30 am. I worked for 130 days on Kaththi and each day, we will have around 500 junior artistes. In an interview, Gautham jokes that stars found his villains too strong and will find your heroines too strong…
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Updated: February 18, 2018 7:20 pm
Tamil director KM Sarjun opens up about Mani Ratnam, his upcoming movie with Nayanthara and filmmaking
I want to do roles that can justify my talent: Satish Kaushik‘Lakshmi’ will get limited release: Nagesh KukunoorLaunch Pad/ Destiny’s childHe might have completed his feature film ‘Echarikai idhu manithargal nadamadum idam’ first, but ‘Lakshmi’ was KM Sarjun’s ticket to spotlight. You work on a short which accidentally becomes a point of controversy, the next one also deals with a sensitive subject — I definitely had my doubts. They reassured me that this is a very positive film — the writing and the idea will not create controversy. The films were bigger with bigger stars; the number of shoot days were higher. It is a difficult period; we would have expected something to happen a certain way but it is frustrating when they get pushed. The film loses when even one of these aspects don’t work. I think nobody can answer this question. Generally, we say A class, B class, C class — emotions transcend these segregations. He is immaculate about planning — every minute detail will be on paper. It isn’t conventional for a filmmaker to make short films after he has made a feature film, is it? Echcharikai has been quite delayed due to other reasons. The filmmaking methods might change, but a few things for humans won’t change. Looks like you got a holistic introduction to all kinds of cinema…
It wasn’t planned at all — I come from a complete non-film background. Even if a brilliant sci-fi film is being made, I think a connection is established if there are emotions in it. He didn’t say it directly, but he wasn’t comfortable with it. Even after my pitch got a go-ahead, I did ask Gautham sir, Reshma ma’am and the people at Ondraga if we should do it. In fact, they also promised to produce another short film with me where I completely break all creative tags people had pegged on me. Both your shorts have had women protagonists. In 5-6 years, the scene here will change as well. Even the greatest of filmmakers have had their share of successes and failures. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Definitely. Always, we should do something and put it out there. How would your mass film be? Lakshmi was born out of a period of frustration — nothing was going right. And Echarikai has Varalakshmi in an important role. At that time, I heard that Ondraga was looking for such content. The short film became the cynosure of controversy but Sarjun also garnered attention and accolades for his craft. I don’t think I can make a film without emotions. When all the three is in sync, it becomes a great film. I can only worry about whether I have brought what I wanted to on screen. I want to tell stories irrespective of the format. I was slightly worried about being stereotyped; even with ‘Maa’ people had said ‘Indha madhri than ivan yosipan’ (He will only think like this). It was incredible. I had met several people but couldn’t sign a film. If I am right, your feature film ‘Echarikai’ was made before the short film ‘Lakshmi’. I actually joined the team after 20 days of shoot, but it was a completely different experience. For me, any film that is entertaining falls under that banner. With just two short films, KM Sarjun has already become a name to watch out for. And I will continue seeking that. Will you be open to doing feature films/ web-series for them? If I make a mass film, it would be like that.