I don't find anything black and white; I find grey in every person, and that is what excites me.
Awards are an encouragement. An award is not something we aim at while making a film.
The joy I get while listening to my daughter, Poonthendrel, speak is incomparable. I've listened to several other kids speak but have never enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed listening to my daughter.
Rajkumar was the winner of 'Naalaya Iyakkunar Season 2,' and I was impressed with his short film. He joined me as an assistant when I started the pre-production work for 'Vada Chennai.'
My films are a reflection of the society I live in, what I see and observe.
Characters, conflict and geography are things that must be considered while making movies from adaptations.
We'd like to explore the prequel idea. I think it would be best suited as a web series on some digital platform. The prequel will be called 'Rajan Vagaira,' and it will track the rise of Rajan's character in 'Vada Chennai' and how he built his empire.
It is much easier to do a film about something that the audience readily knows about - say, cricket. It is much more difficult to write a film based on golf.
For me, every film is a learning process. After each, I take time to unlearn.
I wasn't happy the way I completed 'Asuran' or abandoned the film as it isn't complete. People are liking it and it's making money and I'm glad but I'm not happy with how I had to finish it.
Every film that I make is an accident.
For me, in any story that I take, the antagonist is more interesting and multi-dimensional.
It is a challenging task to adapt a book to screen presentation and you will not be able to satisfy those who read the classic novel.
Going international is my game. I've always wanted to do it, and after 'Aadukalam,' I got to meet Anurag Kashyap, the face of alternate Indian cinema to the world.
I like to keep my films close to reality.
My films are a personal reflection on the impact that the state - the system and the world - has on me.
Anybody with a good smart phone can shoot and edit a film. Distributing it is the hard part.
The younger generation of filmmakers is concerned about our roots, rather than making films with characters plucked out of the cloud or some English DVD. Actually since 2000, Tamil cinema is going through some positive changes.
The psychology of education is all about how the society gets benefited from it.
The Hindi remake rights for 'Visaranai' have been bought by director Priyadarshan.