Sasikumar patronizes debutant directors in a big way


Sasikumar not to release Poraali in Sri Lanka

Sasikumar is a strange phenomenon in Tamil films. If he is associated with a film, you can’t say it’s in which capacity: he produces films, directs them and stars in them in lead roles. He also has the habit of patronizing regularly directors (newcomers) who run from pillar to post to get a producer and convince him to believe in their scripts.

His career graph is full of hits and misses; if Nadodigal was a super-hit, Easun failed at the box-office but Sasikumar bounced back with the success of Poraali which was appreciated by the critics as well. Sasikumar appers to be intent in supporting and giving the necessary ‘lift’ to newcomers whose scripts he believes would click in a big way on the big-screen.

Prabhu, who had been Sasikumar’s assistant for the past some time, is the latest newcomer who debuts as director in Sasikumar’s next venture where the bearded Sasi plays the hero and produces the film. The film is likely to be launched some time this week from Theni. Lakshmi Menon, who would soon be debuting as heroine in director Prabhu Solomon’s Gumki, has been cast as Sasikumar’s heroine in Prabhu’s film.

Sasikumar’s next venture would be by another debutant Muthu, who was earlier working under Boopathy Pandian. The film would be followed by another film to be directed by another newcomer named Socrates, who has worked as assistant director in many of Kamal Haasan’s films. Sasi’s Malayalam venture Masters is all set to hit the screens in Tamil Nadu and Kerala very soon.