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Updated: November 12, 2009 18:31 IST

My first break: Nandhini J.S.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR
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Nandhini is all smiles these days.
Nandhini is all smiles these days.

How it happened

I passed out of the Chennai film institute, where I did a course in direction, with a gold medal. My film Ottam won two State awards — for editing and direction. After that I worked as an associate of director Priya V.

Meanwhile, I approached producers with a storyline. When I met Jayendra of Real Image, he expressed his desire to produce a film using the Red camera and the line I narrated impressed him. That’s how I got to make my maiden film Thiru Thiru Thuru Thuru, a Real Image and Sathyam Cinema co-production.

How it felt

I was nervous and delighted at the same time. The film evoked a positive response when it was screened for an invited audience. When I saw my name on the screen for the first time, I was overjoyed.

How life changed

Life has not changed much except that people around me treat me like a celebrity. I feel I am the same person with the same passion for good cinema. I am now working on my next project which will be on the floors next year. It’s my wish to do a film on a wider canvas without any budgetary restriction. More than appreciation, I welcome healthy criticism.

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