Exclusive! Seththumaan Director Thamizh Opens Up About His Upcoming Film With Uriyadi Vijayakumar

After
the
tremendous
reach
of
his
critically
acclaimed
debut
film

Seththumaan,

director
Thamizh
has
already
completed
the
shoot
of
his
next
film
with

Uriyadi

Vijay
Kumar
as
the
lead.
In

Seththumaan

(2022),
he
created
a
unique
film
language
to
deliver
his
message.
Most
of
the
scenes
were
composed
as
a
single
shot.
The
film
bagged
many
awards
at
film
festivals
across
the
globe
even
before
its
release
and
made
the
film
buffs
and
audience
eagerly
await
the
release.


Seththumaan

was
produced
by
Pa
Ranjith’s
Neelam
Productions,
which
created
the
attention
it
needed
in
the
industry.
They
released

Seththumaan

on
the
OTT
platform
Sony
LIV
directly
without
a
theatrical
release.
The
film
turned
out
to
be
very
good,
and
people
loved
it
for
the
content
and
its
making.
It
was
received
very
well
by
the
audience,
and
word-of-mouth
was
the
only
publicity
tool
that
took
the
film
to
a
larger
audience.
In
his
busy
post-production
schedule,
director

Thamizh

gave
an
exclusive
interview
to

FilmiBeat
.

Here
are
the
excerpts
of
the
interview
with
exclusive
on-spot
working
images
of
his
upcoming
film.


What
is
the
storyline
of
your
upcoming
film?

The
story
is
about
how
politics
damages
the
life
of
normal
people
in
small
villages
and
panchayats
of
Tamil
Nadu.
It
also
deals
with
families,
ego
and
vengeance.


Why
did
you
choose

Uriyadi

director
Vijay
Kumar
as
the
lead?

I
felt
that
he
is
an
actor
who
could
easily
understand
the
politics
involved
in
this
story
since
he
directed

Uriyadi,

which
is
a
brilliant
political
film.
When
I
narrated
the
script
to
him,
he
liked
it
very
much
as
I
expected
and
the
film
happened.


Who
are
the
other
important
actors
in
your
new
film?

Pavel
Navageethan
has
a
prominent
role
in
this
film.
Preethi
Asrani,
Richa
Joshi,
Mariam
George
and
Vathikuchi
Diliban
play
meaty
roles.
Apart
from
them,
I
have
introduced
a
lot
of
new
actors
in
this
film.
All
of
them
are
just
brilliant
with
their
performances.
They
will
create
their
own
space
in
the
industry
for
sure.


What
kind
of
films
do
you
want
to
direct
going
forward?

I
want
to
do
films
for
myself.
When
I
start
thinking
about
satisfying
someone
else,
I
start
losing
my
satisfaction
and
finally
I
end
up
coming
back
to
my
way
of
making
it.
Whereas,
I’m
extremely
happy
and
enjoy
the
complete
process
when
I
do
films
in
a
way
that
I
love.
My
films
are
based
on
the
life
of
normal
people,
which
is
too
close
to
reality
and
I
always
want
to
do
such
films.


How
do
you
select
your
actors?

Half
of
my
work
is
done
when
I
select
the
right
actors.
It’s
a
long
process.
Sometimes,
I
have
made
some
changes
in
the
casting
even
a
day
before
the
shoot
and
it
has
helped
me
a
lot.
I
need
interesting
and
unique
faces
for
my
films.
It
will
be
surprising
for
the
audience.
I
will
choose
an
actor
only
when
I’m
convinced
by
his
or
her
look
and
performance.


Where
did
you
shoot
your
upcoming
film
and
why?

Writer
Azhagiya
Periyavan
and
his
friend
Ezhil,
who
is
a
school
teacher,
supported
a
lot
in
finding
the
perfect
locations
for
this
film.
Arangaldurgam
near
Ambur
is
the
landscape
of
the
film.
We
shot
almost
90
per
cent
of
the
film
in
Arangaldurgam
and
the
balance
portions
in
Pernambut.
We
incorporated
the
slang
of
Arangaldurgam
in
the
script
since
we
set
the
story
there.


How
did
actor
Pavel
Navageethan
come
on
board?

After
watching

Seththumaan,

Pavel
met
me
and
appreciated
the
film.
By
then,
I
already
had
an
actor
for
this
particular
role.
Over
a
period
of
time,
for
some
reason
that
actor
couldn’t
do
it.
So
again,
I
went
in
search
of
actors
and
was
not
satisfied
with
anyone.
Suddenly
Pavel
came
to
my
mind.
Since
I
already
know
about
his
proven
performance
in

Madras,

Kutram
Kadithal
,

Magalir
Mattum
,

Boomika

and
a
lot
other
films,
I
approached
him
immediately.
He
read
the
script
and
said
yes
within
a
couple
of
days.
I
felt
so
happy
about
that
and
started
working.
Right
from
the
rehearsals,
his
efforts
and
support
towards
the
film
were
tremendous.
His
suggestions
and
improvements
really
brought
a
lot
of
value
to
the
film.
He
is
one
such
actor
who
will
adapt
to
any
given
situation
on
the
sets.
I
could
say
that
this
film
has
given
Pavel
as
an
asset
to
all
of
us.
We
earned
him.

Both
Pavel
Navageethan
and
Vijay
Kumar
are
directors
as
well.
So,
they
will
naturally
give
a
lot
of
suggestions.
I
love
to
discuss
with
them
and
come
up
with
my
decision
finally.


What
is
the
budget
of
your
films
generally
and
how
profitable
was

Seththumaan
?

We
did

Seththumaan

within
Rs
1
crore.
We
didn’t
release
the
film
in
theatres.
We
chose
the
OTT
platform
and
my
producer
is
happy
with
the
profits
it
made.
My
upcoming
film’s
budget
is
above
Rs
5
crore.
I’m
sure
it
will
be
a
theatrical
release
and
it
will
do
well
at
the
box
office.


Who
are
the
major
technicians
working
on
your
upcoming
film?

Mahendran
Jayaraj
is
the
cinematographer.
He
has
already
worked
on

96
,
a
blockbuster
film.
CS
Premkumar
is
our
film
editor.
He
edited
my
previous
film

Seththumaan,

National
Award-winning
film

Kutram
Kadithal
,

Magalir
Mattum,

House
Owner
,
and
a
lot
more.
Govind
Vasantha
is
the
music
composer
and
Stunner
Sam
is
our
stunt
choreographer.
Radhika
and
Sri
Krish
did
dance
choreography
for
us.
The
dialogues
were
written
by
Azhagiya
Periyavan,
Vijay
Kumar
and
me.
I
did
the
screenplay
and
directed
the
film.


Can
you
explain
the
pre-production
and
production
process?

It
took
10
months
for
us
to
find
the
perfect
locations
and
25
days
to
complete
the
rehearsals.
It
became
possible
for
us
to
shoot
the
film
in
a
single
62-day
schedule
only
because
of
our
well-planned
pre-production.
I
can
assure
you
that
it
saved
a
minimum
10
per
cent
of
our
overall
production
cost.
The
villagers
were
too
supportive
and
they
made
us
feel
like
one
among
them
during
the
production.


How
was
your
experience
working
with
writers
Perumal
Murugan
and
Azhagiya
Periyavan?

For
this
film,
as
I
don’t
know
about
the
slang
of
the
Arangaldurgam
people,
I
approached
writer
Azhagiya
Periyavan
for
the
dialogues.

Seththumaan

was
a
combination
of
two
short
stories,
Varukari
and
Maapu
Kodukkonum
Saamy,
written
by
Perumal
Murugan.
He
wrote
the
dialogues
for
the
film
as
well.
I’m
grateful
to
both
the
writers
for
their
extraordinary
work
in
my
films.
They
have
contributed
a
lot
to
the
Tamil
community
with
their
literature.
I
personally
look
at
them
as
my
teachers.


How
has
your
journey
been
in
the
cinema
field
so
far?

Director
Cheran
was
my
inspiration
to
get
into
cinema.
I
worked
with
director
Venkat
Prabhu
in

Biriyani.

Pa
Ranjith
is
the
most
important
person
in
my
journey.
He
trusted
me
and
produced
my
film

Seththumaan.

His
name
as
a
producer
helped
a
lot
to
promote
the
film.
And
now,
I’m
done
with
the
shooting
of
my
next
film
produced
by
Reel
Good
Films
featuring

Uriyadi

Vijay
Kumar
as
the
lead.


What
is
your
advice
to
independent
filmmakers
and
upcoming
producers?

Pa
Ranjith
was
there
to
produce
for
me,
but
it
won’t
happen
to
everyone.
According
to
me,
if
someone
has
only
Rs
50
lakh
and
is
investing
everything
to
make
a
film,
it
is
not
advisable.
At
the
same
time,
I
will
appreciate
it
if
someone
has
Rs
10
crore
and
is
ready
to
invest
Rs
50
lakh
in
a
film.
Because
this
lobby-filled
world
of
Tamil
cinema
is
too
dangerous
for
an
independent
filmmaker
to
survive.


What
is
your
take
on
the
recent
flops
at
the
box
office
across
film
industries?

People
nowadays
look
for
unique
and
interesting
content-based
films
but
most
of
the
producers
are
not
focusing
on
the
content.
Instead,
they
focus
only
on
popular
actors.
I
see
this
as
the
main
reason
for
continuous
flops
at
the
box
office.
I’m
sure
if
a
film
is
good,
people
will
celebrate
it.


What
is
your
opinion
on
the
Bollywood
vs
South
Indian
films
debate?

I
love
films
like

The
Lunchbox

and

Kahaani.

But
nowadays,
I
don’t
find
such
films
in
Bollywood.
They
try
to
make
only
big-budget
films
with
poor
content.
Whereas
in
south
India,
especially
in
the
Malayalam
industry,
a
lot
of
small-budget
films
are
made
with
brilliant
scripts.

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