How it happened
I was doing Plus One when I related the story of Natpukkaga to director K. S. Ravi Kumar. He liked it so much that he asked me to narrate it to the hero with whom he was holding a story discussion. The rights of the story were sold and the movie was made in six languages. Cinema is a passion, so I convinced my dad and producer A. M. Rathnam to follow my heart. I got B.A. Hon's in film and video production. I went to New York to participate in a workshop on steady cam, high definition camera, direction and special effects. After learning the ropes, I ventured into a movie titled Enakku 20 Unakku 18, featuring Trisha and Shriya — incidentally, it was also their first film though Trisha's Lesa Lesa was released ahead of it.
How it felt
Those were tension-filled days. Seeing my name on screen was nothing great, as I was responsible for including it in the credits. But the fact that the film was welcomed by one and all was heartening. There were nearly 15 special effects in the film, but they could not be detected with the naked eye. Again in Kedi, I introduced two popular heroines of today, Tamannaah and Ileana.
How life changed
Only after directing a film, did I realise what life was like in the industry. I am determined to prove myself. After nearly three years, I am working on a film Oolalala, at the instance of financier Kalaiselvam, who has agreed to produce it. He was also instrumental in making me play the lead in the film where I co-star with Oorvasi, Latha, Lalitha and Lavanya. The film is almost over and will hit the theatres soon.