Sundar C on Nagaram, in which he also plays the lead
Sundar C is back with Nagaram which he has directed after a hiatus of five years. The film in which he also plays the lead is set to hit the screens in the third week of November.
On whether it was difficult to don the hats of actor, director and producer, Sundar C says, “ I enjoyed the work considering I took my time to make it and in my own way. I am happy with how the film has turned out and it has all the ingredients of a mass entertainer. It is the story of an artiste who dances in films and a young middle-class man.”
What drew him to direction after five long years? “My last film as director was Irandu which I did in 2006. This film has a good plot which I thought would translate well on screen. And I enjoyed the challenge of making the film.”
Vadivelu is back too? “Yes. All my films in which he has acted have been hits. For instance, Winner, Thalai Nagaram and Giri. In Nagaram, he plays ‘Style Pandi' and is sure to make everyone laugh. The comedy track is part of the story.”
How did you zero in on Anuya to play the female lead? Anuya is sincere and committed. An FTII graduate, she knows what is needed for the script and what is not. So it was easy for me to work with her.”
Was she comfortable with the kissing scene? “She accepted it as part of the script.”
Did you shoot the songs in foreign locations? We shot mostly in our ‘nagaram', Chennai. But we also tried a location change for a song, which seems to have worked well. We started with the backwaters of Alleppey, went to the hill station of Vagaman, then the Chalakudy waterfalls, the green fields of Theni, the Thirumalainaicker Mahal in Madurai and the Big Temple at Thanjavur.
The other highlights of the film? “This is the first film where I have directed and acted. We have a dance by an Iranian girl whose performance I first saw on YouTube. She now has a few films in Telugu and Kannada as heroine. I am also excited about Nagaram's music that has been scored by Thaman. Vairamuthu has penned the lyrics.”
What is the film's message? “I do not believe in messages in films. I want films to be thorough entertainers,” says Sundar.