Director Bharathiraja recently turned 70 but still considers himself as a youth at heart. The veteran director recently stepped down as the president of Tamil Film Directors’ Association after getting elected to the post hardly a few weeks back. Citing his other commitments, he asked vice-presidents Cheran and Ameer to run the Association to suit the interests of producers and directors.
Known for his realistic village-based movies, many consider Bharathiraja as the pioneer in making films of this genre, a practice which he kick-started in the mid-seventies when he made ’16 Vayadhinilae’ starring Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Sridevi. Maker of many memorable movies, Bharathiraja recently interacted with pressmen when he revealed details of his next directorial venture.
The director hasn’t made any movies since his ‘Bommalattam’ which rleased more than three years ago. He has now launched ‘Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum’ which would bring to the fore the amount of creativity that is still left in him. He is said to have completed the story and screenplay portions of the film and is presenting location suitable places for out-door shooting.
The film is likely to bring together Bharathiraja and ‘Maestro’ Ilayaraja together in a movie after many years. It might also witness the ‘Isaignani’ setting music to the lyrics of Vairamuthu. Ilaiyaraaaj had fallen out with both Bharathiraja and Vairamuthu long time back and this film might just witness the reunion of the three great men.
“This film would reveal a hitherto unseen dimension of myself as a film-maker. I’m sure the film would be spoken about with pride at least for the next three decades or so,” says Bharathiraja. Knowing his verve, you can’t disagree with him!