Linguswamy on Vettai and Flop of Ajiths Ji


Director N. Linguswamy is a happy man these days after Paiyaa just cemented his success.

A small town boy with his determination he has set an example for young filmmakers and made them believe it’s possible if you stick at your passion.

He has been working hard day in and out, the chances don’t come by easy in the industry says his experience.

We got a chance to get close. He talks about his thoughts behind making movies and the upcoming thriller Vettai.

Vettai stars Madhavan, Arya, Anushka Shetty and Sameera Reddy in the lead roles simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu, with Mahesh Babu essaying Arya’s character in the Telugu version.

So here is the update…

Tell us about your upcoming thriller.

“Vettai is a cop caper. A multi-starrer, it has Arya and Madhavan playing siblings. Anushka Shetty and Sameera Reddy (in a de-glam look of a villager) too have pivotal roles. All that I’ve learnt during my 10-year involvement with commercial cinema will come into use in the making of this film. It’s been a mixed bag of hits and misses. I know my strengths and weaknesses,” says the director.

We heard its got loads of action, is it true?

The film will have my stamp. It will be fast-paced and full of action.

After Run and Sandakozhi which were major milestones in my career, I guess all audience expects my films to be action packed. Vettai has a sure-fire script. As a filmmaker, I look at any work from the audience’s point of view first. I know this one will work.”

“A filmmaker must have evolved sensibilities — while he loves action, he must also appreciate good poetry.”

That sounds promising we thought.

What has been your inspiration through the years?

“I’m influenced by Bhagyaraj and Mani Ratnam. It would be nice to strike a balance between Bhagyaraj’s flair for script and screenplay and Mani Ratnam’s style of filmmaking. I’m trying hard to hone my skills and get there.”

Did you feel disheartened after Ji?

“I see failure as a stepping stone to success. I faced a big jolt earlier when the Ajit starrer Ji bombed at the box office.”

“I discovered I need to surprise the audience every time. In a way, failures help you stay fanatically focused. You just have to give films your all to be successful.”

Did you dream being a filmmaker as a child? How was it growing up around Kumbakonam?

He adds with a cheer,

“I knew I would be associated with films. I grew up in a family of cinema-crazy people. Even as a kid, I used to dance at temple fairs. I was attention-seeking. But my road to Kollywood wasn’t a smooth one. Undeterred by the bumps, I moved ahead. Today, I’m happy to enjoy the support of good production houses and also help promising directors get a foothold in the industry.”

“I’ve been inspired by people like Shankar and Ram Gopal Varma, who direct and also produce experimental works. To survive in this field, you need to take risks and have oodles of courage. At present, there’s a fresh breeze blowing across Tamil filmdom. Films such as Paruthiveeran, Subramaniapuram and Mynaa have revived our faith in rural themes and realism. The gap between big and small budget cinema has blurred. All that matters is good cinema!”

“We agreed to those lines, and were glad in meeting him. We hope he keeps churning out hit movies in the coming future, as we eagerly wait for his release Vettai.”



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