Pasanga flooded with awards

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Pasanga flooded with awards
Pasanga bags National Awards

It has been over a year since the movie “Pasanga”,one of the best films made in Tamil in recent times hit the screens. But, the flow of awards for the film has not ceased.

Pasanga has won three awards at 57th National Film Awards for the year 2009-2010. It has bagged Best Child Artist, Best Dialogue, Best Feature Film awards for Tamil category.

Child artistes Kishore and Sri Ram, who gave a remarkable performance in the roles of Anbukkarasu Vellaichamy and Jeeva Nithyanandham Chokkalingam are honoured with prestigious the Best Child Artist awards.

Director Pandiraj, who has penned dialogues for this critically acclaimed film, has bagged the award for Best Dialogue section and SasiKumar’s home productions bagged the Best Feature Film award.

Pandiraj who is hailing from a small village near Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu,  joined actor-director Cheran as an assistant director and worked with him in a number of successful films.  His latest venture “Vamsam” has received a warm response from the public.

Pandiraj says, it took four years for him to complete the script of the movie, and even more time to sell it. Also there were very few takers for the story as many producers doubted the commercial viability of making such a movie. But, not only did the movie become a commercial success, but also received critical acclaim.

So, how did the director conceptualise this script that revolves around two boys and their families? Pandiraj says  “When I looked at Tamil movies in the last two decades, I realised that there were very few movies for children. But rather than making a movie ‘for’ them, I decided to do one ‘about’ them.”

The character Anbu in the movie reflects the director’s own childhood. He has transformed many of his personal experiences into scenes in the movie, and this, he says, has given the movie that touch of reality.
Did you face any difficulties working with children?
Yes. Working with children has its own constraints — most of them come with fear of the stage and the camera. However,  once they get over the fear, it’s great! “The first 10 days are always a problem. Once you help them in this critical phase, you will be amazed at the ease with which they learn.”
Next Project

Pandiraj plans to do a film to cater to the taste of the urban audience. “It is my aim to do a commercial movie, targeting urban youngsters, and I’ve started working on the script.”. 

However, he feels, the most important goal is to receive audience’s applause, and this acknowledgement This recognition is one of the reasons that propelled him to be part of the celluloid world..

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