Sundar C, the director is back after a break of five years. As a director, Sundar has made some memorable entertainers laced with commercial masala like action, romance, comedy and sentiments.
Some of his big hits include Arunachalam, Ullathai Allitha, and the classic Anbe Sivam, his last directorial venture before the acting bug hit him.
Now, he is back into the groove with what he does best, film direction. He is directing Nagaram in which he does the lead role and is also producing the film under his home banner Avni
Why did you act and not direct any film for the last five years?
It was not a planned move from my side. I had this problem of what they call the "writers block" and hence decided to take a break from direction.
What was your inspiration to make Nagaram?
I was watching a lot of movies during my free time and suddenly this story caught my attention. Unlike the routing pattern of storytelling, the end point of another story is the beginning of Nagaram.
What is your role in the film?
I play Selvam an ordinary guy, with limited dreams. Anuya is my love interest and Vadivelu takes care of comedy department and he plays Style Pandi.
What are the other highlights of the film?
The camera of Chelladurai an assistant of KV Anand is eye catching. I will say that it is Vairamuthu's lyrics, ThamanÃ¢Â€Â™s music, Vadivelu's comedy and above all the screenplay which are the major highlights. There is an item number by Maria an Iranian pop singer. There is one travel song which starts from Alleppy in Kerala to Vagamon, Chalakudy, Theni, Tanjavur and many other places.
Why did you decide to produce the film?
After, I finished the script and decided to do the lead role; I thought that if we produce it, I will have more creative freedom.
Tell us about that much publicised kissing scene?
There is a kissing scene in the movie. It was actually an on-the-spot decision to shoot that scene as we realised that it would add value to the screenplay. When we told Anuya about this scene, she had no qualms doing the scene as she realised its importance to the story. And it took five takes and when you are both the director and the hero of a film, there are chances that people may misunderstand your intentions if you ask for a retake of such scenes. However, Anuya was a complete professional and she asked me for a retake till we got is correct.
Sundar C the director or Sundar C the actor?
(Smiles) I know my limitations as an actor and my strengths as a director.