Mani Ratnam: Pandemic cannot be an excuse for making bad films

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It is frequent data that Mani Ratnam is a person of few phrases, and the director reiterated this truth at a latest media interplay about his upcoming film Ponniyin Selvan 1. Though the filmmaker saved his reply transient, he touched upon subjects like why Vikram’s Aditya Karikalan is on the forefront of the film as an alternative of Jayam Ravi’s Arulmozhi Varman, the assist he acquired from Jeyamohan, working throughout the pandemic, and his first selection for Nandini’s character earlier than Aishwarya Rai.

Excerpts from the dialog:

How will the Tamil in Ponniyin Selvan be, provided that the novel makes use of a type of Tamil that’s not in use now?

We tried to make use of the identical pure Tamil for the dialogues. Jeyamohan (dialogue author of the film) gave us dialogues in pure Tamil solely, however it’s offered in a means that’s straightforward for the actors to emote.

Is this adaptation your interpretation of Amarar Kalki’s novel or is it a devoted illustration?

It would be each. I’m a fan of Ponniyin Selvan novel and Kalki’s writing. I’m additionally a fan who was sitting on that facet of the desk. So, it can mirror Kalki, however it will even have a few of my interpretation and my presentation.

Have you ever used this story as an inspiration for your earlier works?

In Thalapathy, there’s this music “Sundari Kanaal Oru Sedhi”, the place Shobana waits for Rajinikanth. The complete sequence is impressed by Poonguzhali’s wait for Arulmozhi Varman.

What’s the explanation behind your casting selections?

When I learn Ponniyin Selvan, I didn’t suppose that I used to be going to make a movie primarily based on it. I had the identical expertise like anybody else, I had my very own model of the characters in my head. When it got here to making a movie, I assumed these actors would roughly match into the roles. Once I started working with them, they had been capable of get into the characters.

Is the taking pictures of Ponniyin Selvan 2 over? When will it be launched?

Yes, the shoot is over. After the primary half is out, it will take about six to eight months for the second half to return out. Meanwhile, the VFX work will be carried out.

The viewers’s style retains altering and makers complain it’s exhausting to adapt to the altering tendencies. Did you add or do one thing to make the film appropriate for the viewers now?

I didn’t add something particular to the film. It was higher to make the movie in elements or sequence as a result of one film was not sufficient to cowl all of it. So, I feel it’s good that the novel was not tailored right into a film earlier than. I feel that is the precise time for a Ponniyin Selvan film as a result of we get to make it in at the very least two elements.

Is Aditha Karikalan (Vikram) your favorite character, as a result of he appears to be on the forefront greater than Ponniyin Selvan (Jayam Ravi) in all of the posters and promos?

If you’ve got learn the e book, you’ll know Ponniyin Selvan comes into the story fairly late. So, we needed to journey in the identical means because the e book.

After the trailer’s launch, you’ll have acquired some detrimental feedback. Did the suggestions make you wish to change one thing about the film?

A trailer is only a glimpse into the film, and it’s higher to disregard the detrimental feedback as a result of the entire movie is but to be launched. People are making assumptions about your entire film simply by trying on the trailer. So, if a filmmaker believes he has given his greatest, there’s no want to fret about anything.

Did you’ve got anybody else in thoughts for Nandini’s character apart from Aishwarya Rai?

As Rajini sir stated that day (on the audio launch of PS I), Rekha was somebody I had in thoughts earlier than. After that, it was at all times Aishwarya Rai, who I assumed was your best option for the function.

Who tortured you essentially the most and whom did you torture essentially the most on units?

Everyone tortured me, and I tortured everybody.

Just a few phrases on author Jeyamohan, the dialogue author of the film.

One factor I used to be anxious about the film was the dialogues. I needed it to be pure Tamil nevertheless it ought to be easy and assist appearing. However, Jeyamohan mounted it similar to that. His contribution to the film is big. In Kalki’s novel, all of the characters are effectively fleshed out. If you are taking Sundara Cholan, with a e book you possibly can write rather a lot about him and the way highly effective he was. But with cinema, you possibly can’t inform every thing. So, each dialogue turns into vital. Jeyamohan made all strains mirror their personalities.

There’s a compulsion for celebrities to be on social media. Even Vikram joined Twitter lately. Don’t you’ve got the worry of lacking out or how do you update your self?

If you’re within the second and conscious of every thing that’s occurring round you, you’ll be up to date. For inventive folks, every thing round them is a narrative, and one can’t afford to overlook that. And… social media is just not my scene.

Have you ever felt that if not for the pandemic, you may have carried out the film in an even higher means?

The solely factor I used to be involved about throughout the pandemic was that the actors shouldn’t placed on weight. I saved texting the actors, holding them in test. I’d be like, “Hi, Trisha, how are you?” But I can’t use the pandemic as an excuse. The pandemic hit everybody, not simply me. It’s in no way an argument to say I may have made a greater film if not for the pandemic. Our job is to ship in opposition to all odds. I can’t launch the movie in theatres, and go inform everybody there, “It’s as a result of pandemic the film is the way in which.”


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