You gave hits such as Pulan Visaaranai, Captain Prabhakaran, and Sembaruthi, and disappeared without a trace.
Because the trend in films changed after the mid-1990s — songs and comedy became the norm. I'm a serious filmmaker, who's not comfortable with such a routine, and could neither go with it nor against it. At such a juncture, I worked less, and involved myself in other activities.
Most of your works were based on real-life stories...
I was born into a family where each one was associated with a political party. As I grew up listening to heated conversations among them, I chose to highlight serious social issues in my films. That was my niche, just as director K. Balachander's is middle-class families, and Bharathiraja's, rural themes.
Where is director R.K. Selvamani now?
I've done 14 films, and am taking it easy. Right now, I'm busy with the celebrations of the 40th year of Tamil Nadu Film Directors' Association, slated tentatively for October 23. I'm planning to take up my next film after the event.
Has your wife Roja's entry into politics had an impact on you?
Not at all. I give her suggestions, but the decision is hers, and vice-versa.
Are you planning to get in front of the camera?
No, am too conscious to do it; I'm more comfortable behind the camera.
Keywords: Tamil cinema