Not often do we come across a leading director admitting to the flaws or the drawbacks in a film which is actually enjoying a good run. Courage and outspokenness are required to do so. Lingusamy, the director whose Vettai released last week, had both the traits as he spoke frankly without any starry airs about the pluses and minuses of the film on air on a private television channel.
Except for Anandam, his debut directorial venture which released more than a decade back, Lingusamy’s films have always been action-packed entertainers. Vettai appears to be no exception to this (unwritten) rule. Instead of appreciating his film sky-high, Lingusamy spoke candidly about Vettai in an interview that was broadcast on SS Music Channel recently.
“I learnt the nuances of film-making not through a proper course…Vettai can hardly be categorized as a film sans any flaws…There have been great film-makers in Kollywood and I’d love to seek apologies to them for doling out commercial ventures one after the other…I’d sure love to make a ‘perfect film’ which is loved and appreciated by all sections of the audience….
“We are commercially obliged to shoot certain sequences in order to bring the people to theatre to watch films…I don’t think I’ve achieved a lot….I’m yet to make an impactful film which is critically acclaimed. Despite the flaws, the film (Vettai) has been doing rather well; I’m happy about it though not entirely satisfactory. Before I hang up, I’d surely make a film loved and respected by all the critics,” said Lingusamy.
At present, he is producing a film titled Vazhakku Enn 189 under his banner Thirupathy Brothers. The film is being directed by Balaji Sakthivel of Kaadhal fame.