Twenty-six-year-old Atlee, who makes his directorial debut with Raja Rani, talks about the film’s relationship-driven script

A 26-year-old is troubled by the alarming rates of divorce in society and pours his feelings into a script. Atlee, a former assistant of director Shankar, thinks that the issue needs to be spoken about at length. “The growing instances of couples opting for a divorce for reasons which don’t seem to be serious had me interested. My movie Raja Rani is all about this and shows how separation need not be the answer for all marital problems,” says Atlee. Raja Rani, stars Arya and Nayanthara in the lead with Jai and Nazriya Nazim in supporting roles.

Elaborating on the theme, Atlee adds, “Of course, I don’t mean to say that women need to stay in an abusive relationship, but communication can help overcome differences.” Dealing with relationship matters apart, Raja Rani is a romantic-comedy, clarifies the director. “This is a positive film and aimed at a larger audience.” But why is it that most romantic films are aimed at the upper middle class audience? “It’s true. However, emotions are common to all. Whatever be their social milieu, people relate to them if portrayed with honesty.” Atlee is thrilled about being able to direct a big-budget star-studded movie that is backed by big names such as AR Murugadoss and Fox Star Studios.

“Director Shankar was obviously my visiting card. I was a bit surprised myself when AR Murugadoss and Fox Star green-lighted the project after the first narration. I just think that I had all the answers to the questions that were raised. Maybe they were impressed with that,” says the young Atlee.