“I’ve seen many rough patches in my career, but have always bounced back much stronger.
I did my Economics in Loyola since I was an aspirant towards clearing the civil services examinations. But at the time I completed half of my college, I realised that I was so much inclined toward movies and acting.
My mother once subtly told me that I might pursue movies someday, just like my dad, as he also was a potential movie director.
I joined as an AD, the next day after my last day of college. I experienced a lot of fieldwork only after I got down to explore more. That was the peak time when I realized the essence of cinema which triggered me to establish my talents.
Not one or two, but had visited many studios on earning a chance to act in movies, without mentioning the fact that I was late Kaviyarasu Kannadhasan’s grandson.
I, then, joined a couple of art classes to enhance my supporting skills. Favourably, I met a few people, who helped me with my first movie – Ponmaalai Pozhudhu.
However, I accept the truth that the movie did not take off well due to its execution. But the takeaway from the movie was monumental. I wouldn’t have acquired this experience and learnings even if I had joined a university.
Subsequently, I did act in a couple of supporting roles in movies such as Kaalidas, Yaamirukka Bayamey, and so on.
Although I enjoyed acting, I prefered directing more. I knew I could do that much more better where I will be able to figure out all the flaws and sculpt the script neatly.
I got an opportunity to direct a couple of Ads and when they came out exquisitely, I got the confidence on handling direction more seriously and passionately.
Though I’m from a very renowned background, I had gone through the life of a typical human life. I lost my dad when I was very young. My mother had 3 kids, including me and I must be grateful for the way she brought up us despite the social pressure. My wife resembles the same strength which my mom holds and I adore my family for who they are, individually.
I keep pondering over taking a very small step ahead as I did not have the exposure to understand the functionalities of the industry even in my early 20s.
To stay up in the media industry, you need to maintain consistent energy and determination – if not, you’re instantly lined up to the bottom!
After a lot of hardships, failures and flops, I was able to identify my passion. The life that I’m living right now is designed entirely by me, but the credit for encouraging and watering my efforts and decisions absolutely goes to my family. I’m carrying a legacy forward in a way of my own with my legendary grandfather’s tag attached to it a bit. Depicting my inheritance and envisioning my goal – which is what makes me who I am today!”