“Film making is said to be the second toughest job in the world. As a film maker, you don on multiple hats effortlessly switching between the different roles to see your art live on the big screens. My initial tryst with this art happened in my school.
As a part of the school annual day, I pulled off a solo mime act enacting a day in the life of a homeless person. At the end of the act, I was greeted with a standing ovation and the crowd erupted with a wide cheer and I knew then, that I had to give my honest shot in this field.
Shortly after schooling, I enrolled in a engineering degree as was the norm but all my heart and soul was set in cinema. I graduated and joined a film school in Chennai to pursue my dream and this set the founding stones for my career choice.
Here, I was exposed to a plethora of movies from all around the world. Watching some of the classic productions of Iranian, Korean and Polish movies, it is worthy to mention that, Tamil cinema had a long way to go with respect to techniques and writing.
I started writing and producing a range of short films of which, one based on my own story, went viral with the teaser. Encouraged, I dove in heads first into my first feature film which was dubbed and screened in three different languages in India.
We as film makers go to hell and beyond to produce a movie and bring it out in the theatre but the crowd’s mentality towards budding actors and upcoming directors is very disappointing. Here, people don’t want to look at the quality of the movie. Rather, they would watch a movie based on the people who have acted in it.
Hero worship and blind trust in heroes doesn’t help the case of budding aspirants in the city. But change is the constant undertone everywhere and with OTT platforms taking on the limelight, I have a few web series planned! For what it’s worth, despite all its struggles and testaments, this can be the most rewarding industry ever and I am here to stay!”
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