Long but Interesting interview mostly on Aayirathil Oruvan.
By Shobha Warrier. Source: Rediff.com
Selvaraghavan is hailed as one of the brightest filmmakers in Tamil. His first film Kadhal Kondein starring his younger brother Dhanush and made in a realistic dark format unlike the usual Tamil films, was a breath of fresh air.
His second film 7G Rainbow Colony was another different and refreshing movie.
But his third film Pudupettai was a disappointment. That was in 2006.
Since then Selva took a break before working on his magnum opus Aayirathil Oruvan (One in a Thousand) which took two years to make.
After many delays, the film is finally releasing on January 14 to coincide with Pongal.
A very relaxed and jovial Selvaraghavan spoke exclusively to rediff.com’s Shobha Warrier on Aayirathil Oruvan and more.
What was more difficult for you: making Aayirathil Oruvan or the long wait?
It was like moving from one nightmare to another! There was not much difference between how I felt both the times. Waiting for people’s reaction now is another nightmare!
Why did you decide to take up such a difficult project?
I felt stagnant making the same kind of films. I felt I was not going anywhere. Yes, you either make the same kind of films again and again and feel safe, or do something more challenging. It did not excite me to repeat myself. The very reason why I didn’t pursue a career as a mechanical engineer was because I don’t like monotony — I can’t have the same routine everyday. So, I felt I needed change and challenges as a filmmaker.