Quest for excellence brings out the best, opines Prabhu Solomon


Prabu Solomon

Director Prabhu Solomon is of the view that unless a film-maker possesses the ‘quest for excellence’ and the ‘will to succeed’, he can’t be successful. The director, whose last film ‘Mynaa’ released towards the end of last year and ran to packed houses, participated in an interactive programme with a group of mass communication students.

“In Mynaa, the village scenario depicted in the film was vastly different and stood from the rest of the village-based movies which released in the past 40 years. This was probably one of the reasons for the film’s success. I sweated it out a lot before finding such a location to shoot the film.

“When I was working as an assistant director, I didn’t like it when the directors with whom I worked erected sets of streets within the premises of studios. I somehow felt that it (the sets) lacked reality. That was exactly the reason why I shot some of the sequences in my earlier film ‘Kokki’ amid the busy setting Chennai’s Parry’s Corner, which was later appreciated by critics.

“Unless there is fire in a film-maker’s belly to think ‘differently’ and deliver according to the needs of the audience, success will obviously elude him. Pragmatic films have always succeeded,” concludes Solomon.