Event Story: “Why I Decided to Make Movies Again?” – Balu Mahendra

Event Story: “Why I decided to make movies again?” – Balu Mahendra

News 2-Dec-2013 11:57 AM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

After a sabbatical gap of eight years, cinematographer-filmmaker Balu Mahendra makes his directorial comeback with the film ‘Thalaimuraigal’ that stars the director himself in lead role. Apart from producing the film, Sasikumar has played an important character in the film. Apart from him, Vinodhini, ‘Saravanan Meenachi’ fame Ramya and little boy Ramya have performed important characters. Recently, the film’s introductory launch was held last evening at Prasad Lab in Chennai. Speaking on the occasion, Balu Mahendra said, “There are three main reasons I wanted to make a film after such a long time. Kodak Film has shut down its operation of producing films and I wanted to make a movie on film roll. I am completely unused to Digital cinema and it took nearly three days for me to get settled with this technological innovation.”

Adding more, he said, “How long should we keep ourselves in awestruck wondering about the Iranian and Korean movies. I decided that we should start making such masterpieces and keep them spellbound with her showpieces.”

Shedding light on the third reason, he said, “Today, we have completely forgotten the values of relationships. It propelled me to make such a movie. When I was thinking about approaching the right kind of producer, Sasikumar was the first one to come to my mind. Moreover, he has never worked with me before, but instantly accepted my request.”

Sharing his rapport with maestro Ilayaraja, Balu Mahendra uttered, “Both of us have been associated from the time of my third movie ‘Moodu Pani’ and for him it was his 100th film. I desperately wanted him to score music for my first two movies, but couldn’t get near him. When I approached him for this film, I openly confessed that this is a low budget film and cannot afford to give more on payment. He instantly reverted – Do you think I work for money, it’s for you.”

The director stated that Sasikumar has appeared in cameo and expressed his desire that it would have been nice if his role was extended to more extent.

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