“My foray into the world of the movies wasn’t sudden or drastic by any means. Born into a creatively driven family in Madurai, I was predisposed to the arts early on. In fact, with every member involved in performing at some level, cinema became the common thread that held us all together.
Additionally, growing up in the 90s came with its own set of advantages. In our city, there weren’t malls or beaches, and it ensured that everyone ran to the theatres when a film was out. Now that alongside a host of breath-taking movies in the era did somewhere cast an irrevocable charm on the audience, swaying me too with its magic.
Another factor that majorly contributed to the spark, were my parents. My mother was a movie buff herself, and there have been times when we have spent entire days in a theatre, watching films back to back. My dad too, with his knack for communication, somewhere instilled in me an inquisitiveness to learn. And by learn, he meant everything that focused on holistic development and not just specific to books.
Even in terms of a career, it was my family that equipped me to have an open mindset and embrace challenges that this dynamic industry would surely throw. With that thought process in place, I proceeded to the cosmopolitan cities, right after school, completely out of my comfort zone and I’m proud to have survived it for more than a decade now.
Occasionally, I do get questions on what my end goal is, but the idea is to explore every facet of this medium before I go ahead to direct one dream film. Cinema is my passion and no role within it is big or small. At the end of the day, all I want is to provide the audience with a unique experience that lasts in their memory, with adequate knowledge of the technical intricacies involved behind the glitz and glam.
And what’s the reward you ask? People’s feedback! There was a time when one audience member fell at my feet and started to cry, explaining how seeing my content helped him get past his suicidal contemplations. Emotional in every sense, that’s the kind of magic I aspire to create with this wonderful medium called Cinema.”