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UNDERSTANDING THE PULSE OF THE AUDIENCE A.R. Murugadass.
UNDERSTANDING THE PULSE OF THE AUDIENCE A.R. Murugadass.

Director A.R MURUGADASS is riding high on a wave of success

Living up to the expectations of fans especially after giving a hit can be tricky at times. But A.R. Murugadass lives up to it with flair and that too after a hat trick of success `Dheena,' `Ramana,' and `Ghajini'. Murugadass's unique style of story telling has gone down well not just with Tamil audiences, but also in Tollywood. Although his Chiranjeevi-starrer `Stalin' did well at the box office, the director has no ideas of remaking it in Tamil.

Adaptation

"It is an outright mass hero subject and I am not that sure as to how it will be accepted here. Taste of the audience differs from one State to another and as a director I try to adapt to prevalent conditions," he says. With `Dheena', Murugadass arrived as a commercially successful director in the film industry. But it was in `Ramana,' that he made heads turn. Handling senior stars such as Vijayakanth might sound challenging as he had to cater to the needs of the actor's ardent fans. But Murugadass believes that seasoned actors make the job of a director relatively simpler."I should say it was a wonderful experience working with captain in `Ramana.' Since he liked the subject very much he gave me total independence and I was never under pressure. The film's triumph means a lot to me," he adds. Another key to Murugadass's success is his ability to present the audience with a simplified version of a complicated subject like `Ghajini' in which the hero suffers a short-term memory loss, somewhat a new concept in Kollywood. "The screenplay should be crisp and it should provide space to commercial elements. It is also important to make sure that it does not get too technical, which can spoil the interest of the fans," he says making a special mention about the performances of Surya and Asin in the film. Now busy remaking the flick in Hindi, with Aamir Khan in the lead, Murugadass hopes that the movie will turnout to be a super-hit in Bollywood as well. "Aamir was very impressed with the story and it is pleasure to work with an actor like him. The film is shaping out very well and is likely to hit the screen this September," he reveals. Murugadass has also planned to return to Kollywood on completion of the Hindi-version of `Ghajini' and says that he would begin work by the end of this year."One movie a year is my plan. And now I think it is time for me to get back to Tamil and continue the winning streak. But this time I want to create a much bigger impact," he aspires.

G.PRASAD

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