Stardom sits lightly on Sasikumar, the hottest sensation in Tamil film industry. His debut film Subramaniapuram set new trends in the industry, giving him a stature as filmmaker and actor. But as he sat down to field questions from delegates of Traya's Mayfest – the Bharat Gopy retrospective film festival at Town Hall here, M. Sasikumar appeared unaffected by his fame.
Instead, he tried to instil the same sense of optimism and confidence in aspiring filmmakers and actors, as he had been when he went out to produce, direct and act in his first film. The wave of new films in Tamil naturally leads to the crisis that Malayalam film is passing through right now.
“When I started watching movies, only Malayalam and Bengali films depicted real life. They have not gone anywhere. It is still here. The industry will make a full circle and good films will return,” said Sasikumar as he interacted with the media, after the face-to-face session.
“It is not the filmmaker, but the audience who set trends. Let them accept good movies and soon it will become a trend,” he said. As for crises, every industry is having its own share. “The crisis in Tamil films is too many new films. Out of 150-odd films released last year, only 6 or 7 succeeded at the box office.”
Earlier, winding up the interactive session, filmmaker Lal Jose and chairman of Traya, wished that aspiring filmmakers had got the positive vibes from the experience of Sasikumar, who told the audience that he spent three to four months over the script and nearly one year hunting for the right location before starting the work of Subramaniapuram.