Sneha, the grand niece of S.A. Chandrasekhar, is ready with her first film, a remake of Sattam Oru Iruttarai

She was born with a silver spoon, rather , a megaphone! Grandniece of well-known filmmaker S. A. Chandrasekhar (SAC), Sneha is remaking his hit film Sattam Oru Iruttarai.

“It was not easy convincing my grand uncle about my direction skills. Of course, I had earlier spent a considerable amount of time behind the camera during the making of Sattappadi Kutram . Besides, I have also made a few short films,” says Sneha.

Sneha worked hard on the script and casting to make the film more contemporary, and then showed it not only to her grand uncle but also to her uncle, Vijay. “Being an experienced actor, Vijay knows about every aspect of filmmaking. He was quite impressed with my work. And when SAC gave the go ahead, my joy knew no bounds,” says the youngster.

Doing her VISCOM at Loyola, Sneha says she has employed both her theoretical and practical knowledge for the project.”

Talking about casting, Sneha was keen to get Reema Sen for the role of a police officer. “She had just got married and was in no hurry to get back to films. My mother spoke to her, but she did not sound very enthusiastic. Then, I narrated the script to her, gave a detailed sketch of her role and told her how much I really wanted her in the film. And she agreed. Now that the film is complete, I can say that her Sattam Oru Iruttarai role is something she has not done before.” Koothu-p-pattarai actor Thaman Kumar, Piaa Bajpai and Bindu Madhavi also play important roles.

Sneha follows her grand uncle’s working style. “He is a perfectionist. Every morning, before going to the shoot, together we go through the entire work plan for the day. Thanks to meticulous planning the shooting was completed as per schedule,” says Sneha.

“Now that the film is in the final stages of post-production, Sneha is already thinking of her next film. “I want to do a romantic musical. I love music and am learning Carnatic music. Playback singing is something I would like to explore, although acting is a definite no-no. I would like to be closely involved in the process of song creation and dance choreography as I feel that these elements take the story ahead. Songs shouldn’t just be a filler or breather,” says Sneha.

Being a woman director and a young one at that, how did she find the scenario on the sets? “Surprisingly, there was complete team work and since I was quite organised, I think there was a lot of respect and understanding. I did not find any situation daunting, despite established actors being around. And as we went along, my confidence level kept increasing,” she signs off with a smile.