The director of the critically acclaimed Tamil social thriller ‘Achchamundu! Achchamundu!’ – Arun Vaidyanathan is back with yet another treat for his audiences.
We’re talking about the much awaited action-packed Tamil thriller Nibunan. While his first film talked about a sensitive issue like Pedophilia – Nibunan is a fresh take in the genre of action thriller movies.
LaysaLaysa.com had the opportunity to be in conversation with this amazingly talented director and talk to him about myriad topics; from show business, to where he finds the inspiration for his movies, his future plans, to all things entertainment industry! Here we go –
Please share your experience about Achchamundu! Achchamundu!
As I think you know, Achchamundu! Achchamundu! was, in 2009, my first movie.
Really, it was the first time for a lot of things for me: I didn’t put any commercial values into the film; it was also the first time we talked, in India, about paedophiles .
I took a large number of risks, I have to say, but now, some years later, I can be very happy about the results of this movie because not only the film festivals, but also the producer and the actors have good memory of it.
It means that we have done a good job!
What makes a film great for you?
I think that a great film has to always create big emotions for its audience: if I have to think of great films that are able to create emotions, I can say in English – Bone Collector and in Tamil – Nayagan or Kuruthipunal.
What do audiences want? And is it the filmmaker’s role to worry about that?
Well, people want to enjoy, running away from the reality, to dream; think for example, the big success of films like Spider-Man or Thevar Magan.
But, even if the filmmaker should always keep in mind his audience, it is also true that he has to be honest and genuine within himself.
This is the real key of the success, according to me.
What role have film festivals played in your life so far? Why are they necessary? How do you get the most out of them?
Surely, without film festivals, I won’t be here talking with you, now!
It is impossible for independent filmmakers like me to avoid thinking and trying his level best to be appreciated by film festivals; they are our open doors towards the world.
If there is one or more thing you think would make the Indian film industry better, what would it be?
One of the most important problems we have, especially in Tamil film industry, is the piracy.
So, I think that, from one side, we need of a certain type of “Certification Board” and, from the other side, the audience’s one I mean, we need to educate it not to view anything that we can find on internet.
Do filmmakers have any responsibility to culture?
Anyone should have responsibility to culture and, surely, filmmakers have to do their part in it because we are able, with the dreams and the reality that we play, to get influence on the audience.
So, culture has to be a social responsibility by default.
Please tell about your latest venture Nibunan. What can we expect from you?
Oh, I’m so excited about it!
It is not only a thriller but even an action oriented family film; with a lot of sentiments to talk and think about.
And, not for last, it was a big opportunity for me to work with a lot of very professional and great people as: Action King Arjun Sir, Prasanna, Varalakshmi Sarathkumar (playing a tomboy cop), Vaibhav, Sruthi Hariharan, Suman, Suhasini, S. Navin (Music Director), Arvind Krishna (Cinematographer), Sathish Suriya (Editor) and Aruchami (Art Director).
Please share your experience directing Arjun.
Definitely I enjoyed too much working with him!
He is a great person and actor. In more than one year and half, I had time to talk with him, to stay close to him and to appreciate him: I have never seen him angry; always cool and composed. He is also a loving husband and father.
In Nibunan he plays the role of an Investigative Cop from Crime Branch, but a very casual one!
I was really glad when he said that Nibunan is one of his favorite cop movies, together with Sevagan and Kuruthipunal.
Are electronic gadgets important to you as an director?
How is it possible to survive without them? I wake up with the phone in my hands and I start to shiver if the battery of my mobile is down! I have never written my scripts without my computer!
Can you imagine it?
I think that nowadays, most people are depending on hand phones; everyone wants to get in touch with the things that are happening far and around us!
Oh yes, if electronic gadgets are important in general for people, for a film director, they are even more important!
What are the best ways to get an acting chance in your production?
It is not so difficult; I think that if you have talent, if you have passion and you work hard, you always have a chance.
Sure it is important to prepare yourself, to look out for auditions and, as I told, to work hard.
Another very important thing is the support of the family: it is impossible to do without it!
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Watch Trailer of Nibunan here.