“I was pursuing my second year in Visual Communication when I shot my first short film. The film participated in a Film Festival and won laurels from one of my Gurus, Aravind Anna.
He invited me to be a part of one of his films, after a few months. I must say that the experience was huge and unforgettable.
I helped him in editing a few scenes in the movie and most importantly, we had loads of discussions on how to master the screenplay, etc.
I had all varieties of exposure to how a film should look like, sound like and be like!
Initially, people have a belief that a movie can be shot or initiated only from Chennai. YouTube broke this stereotype wherein the global platform proved that a film (short film or any video format) can be fired from any corner of the world.
When I was in my final year, YouTube was then digitally blooming and there were many artists who started a YouTube channel, which is still very successful – monetarily and popularity-wise.
That was the period where Indians faced this national issue – Demonetization.
Amongst many citizens who were frustrated by its arrival, I was also one. My mentors Rajesh & Prasanna came up with the idea of creating a channel to express our opinions on national issues and other subjects.
The channel was named ‘Nakkalites’. Nakkalites began its journey with only 7 youngsters and now it has expanded to around 70 artists from different ideations, firms and passions.
Team Nakkalites won the Vikadan Awards in 2018, which made all of us proud and bestowed us with high confidence and conviction.
My journey is/was smooth & even because I was able to balance everything that came my way.
My family wanted me to settle down soon. Fortunately, I was able to sit and talk to them which gave them clarity on what I’m doing.
Obviously, they were frightened at the beginning, but they believed in my works that I was much dedicated to.
But, I took my time to convince them. It was a very slow process, but I won the battle.
My wife, though we are married for less than a year, understands my work culture and endorses me when I’m mentally down.
Ideally, I took a break; leisured my mind to realise how the industry works. Once that is jotted down carefully, the rest will only be a favourable outcome!
I discovered that the cinema is big. A movie can create a greater impact socially and politically. I’m still uncovering more truths and myths from the cine world.
Thoughtfully, I owe to create THAT impact with my movie to the society.”