It has been all work and no play for Anthony. The editor who has nearly ten projects lined up becomes candid as he speaks about his love for cinema. Anthony is a name that no South Indian film buff would miss, as he plays a crucial role in the outcome of a film that he works on. As he gears up for his upcoming release, Anjaan starring Suriya, Anthony has his hands busy in editing Shankar's Ai which will hit screens soon. The talented editor, speaks to sify.com
How did you become part of the South Indian film fraternity?
It is true that I do not have a filmi lineage to boast of. Editing happened, and it was sheer coincidence. Once I had met my friend's sister who was learning editing in Chennai. It was when I went to visit her at the studio that I tried to use a few editing tools in her system, just for fun. Rest is history. She realized that I had a flair for the art, and pursued me into doing it. Once I started editing, I realized that it was my true calling.
All your movies are blockbusters. What is your secret mantra?
(Laughs) Well, hard work and perseverance are the secret mantras. Also, all these movies are team efforts. So, lot of people are involved. When everyone puts their hearts and souls into their work, it shows.
Which are your upcoming movies?
Anjaan is my latest flick starring Suriya. Shankar's Ai, Anegan, starring Dhanush, Gautham Menon movie starring Ajith, Kappal, Vaimei, Pencil, are some of the movies. My assistants are also editing some movies.
Tell us something about an editor's freedom in the making of a film.
Editors mostly have the freedom to determine the cuts in a movie, regarding how it must be paced and stuff like that. But ultimately it’s the director who has to take a call. We can tell directors our interpretations for scenes, but the director decides what to do. Editing is studying the moment, how an editor creates his own screenplay in the movie, and syncing dialogues at your best. When you have a clear mind, things become easier. When I feel I am over stressed, I take a break.
You have worked with the big names of South Indian cinema. How does it feel like to have worked with renowned names, including Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Shankar, Gautham Menon etc?
It is always a pleasure to work with them. I have a close rapport with my directors. We have discussions and exchange our ideas regarding the scenes. Ultimately, it's the director's movie. It is all about understanding and team work. When a whole team works together, the output will be great too.
We heard that you shall be wearing the director's cap soon.
(smiles) Oh yes! I plan to direct a movie soon. It will be the Tamil remake of the Malayalam movie Shutter. But nothing is confirmed yet as I have a lot of projects to edit right now. If all goes well, I shall be directing my first film by next year.
What message would you give to aspiring editors out there?
Work hard, there is no shortcut to hard- work. Keep your passion alive always.