Q: What are the pressures involved in directing a mass hero like Ajith?
A: I thoroughly enjoy working with an actor like Ajith. We are friends at the first place. When I started my career as assistant director in Asoka I got acquainted with Ajith. The rapport between us is very comfortable. Ajith is an intelligent actor. He knows his limitations. If given an option, he will open up. He pulls it off on screen with elegance eventually.
Q: How different is Arrambam from Billa?
A: Billa was like old wine in a new bottle. And first things first. Arrambam is no gangster film. The story has enough twists and surprise elements and it travels to several places. It was shot in a contemporary and stylish way. ‘Arrambam’ is an action-drama and there are enough emotional elements in it.
Q: On working with such a huge star cast?
A: It was not a conscious decision to have a huge cast. As and when we were developing the story, the need to have such a team was felt. Interestingly, the actors tend to reflect their real life character on screen too. There tends to be some logistic problems when you shoot for multi-starrers and thankfully we overcame all that to ensure the whole movie was shot in just 120 days.
Q: What are the highlights of ‘Arrambam’?
A: Whatever I say, in the end it is an Ajith film. His charm and charisma is everything. At the same time, a team of talented technicians have come together to add more polish. I am joining hands with writers Subha for the first time. Their forte is writing and I got a new perspective interacting with them. National award winning art director Ilayaraja’s work and Om Prakash’s cinematography are strengths for me.
Q: Your rapport with Yuvan Shankar Raja?
A: All through my career, I have travelled with Yuvan Shankar Raja. We are good friends and it goes beyond our working relationship. He knows my taste and preference and exactly reproduces the same. He gives me enough inputs and gives a patient hearing to what I need.
Q: Why was the title of the movie made known so late?
A: We had no intention to keep it a secret. From day one, we wanted to have a title that fits well for the story. There were many suggestions. Finally we arrived at ‘Arrambam’. It suggests a beginning. I felt it was appropriate for the story for it signifies a beginning towards change.