Suseenthiran is definitely one of the most promising directors in Kollywood. Till now, the director has done eight films including Vishal’s Paayum Puli, which is all set to release on September 4. Excerpts from the director’s recent media interaction…
Tell us about Paayum Puli
It’s a cop story. Although Vishal had played as a cop earlier this one is different and will give a different color to his star image. he is playing a tough encounter specialist.
If someone offends a normal guy, he would definitely retaliate then think about a police officer, who gets affected and offended, that’s the major crux of the film. There is a suspense element with respect to the performance of a particular actor... wait and watch!
Difference between ‘Pandiya Naadu’ Vishal and ‘Paayum Puli’ Vishal
Both the characters are completely different. In Pandiyaa Nadu, Vishal was seen as an innocent guy who is a very soft whereas his character in Paayum Puli is exactly opposite.Though both the films have Madurai backdrop, you can see the difference within the first ten minutes of Paayum Puli. While working on Pandiya Naadu, I was little skeptical to convey certain things to Vishal but now we are have a perfect understanding.
Is Paayum Puli based on a real story?
No, it’s just another imaginative portrayal. Some stories give us a feeling of real life incident right? Paayum Puli might give similar impact to the audiences.
Is this your best work so far?
I still rate my first film Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu as the most memorable project in my career. All the films that I did are very close to my heart.
How did you choose Vishal for the lead role?
I always choose my lead actor according to the script and never run after stars. But Paayum Puli is a different experience because I wrote the script keeping Vishal in mind. Even before the release of Pandiya Naadu, Vishal had given me the advance for this film hence exclusively penned Paayum Puli for him.
You have also directed stories penned by others but they were not successful…
Though Azhagar Samiyin Kuthirai was not a commercial success it got national award and fetched me good name. On the other hand, Rajapattai was neither a commercial success nor a critically acclaimed film. While making Rajapattai, I myself knew that it was a risky proposition.
Generally, it would take minimum four months for me to write a screenplay. I have finished penning the story of my next film, it might suit actors like Vijay, Ajith and Pawan Kalyan. All my films are known good dosage of sentiment sequences because I feel that audience should at least she tears in at least one scene so my next film will also have such elements.
Is cinema all about struggle and survival of the fittest?
Yes, difficulty is there in every phase. When I was an assistant director, it was a struggle and even after becoming a director, I still fighting to maintain the success rate. I had worked as an assistant director for nearly eleven years and hence got enough confidence to fight out against all odds.
Are you turning producer?
Yes , producing Vil Ambu for my roommate, Ramesh Subramaniyan who had spent nearly eleven years with me. Similarly, penned Veera Dheera Sooran’s story for another friend, Shankar Dayal.