For Sasikumar, Bramman is an important film. He has been riding a wave as a rising mass hero with films like Sundarapandian and Kutty Puli. On Friday (February 21) his new film Bramman directed by debutant Socrates is releasing big in nearly 320 plus screens.
Bramman is crucial for Socrates a former associate of Kamal Haasan as he has given Sasikumar a total makeover. Sasi who was seen in village/small town guy films so far, transforms into a urban cool guy, who dances with the heroine in Swiss Alps and does mass fights!
In an interview to Sify.com, Socrates opens up on Bramman and Sasikumar.
Q. Tell us about yourself and how you got your first film as an independent director
I come from Pattukottai, my father is a rationalist and a DK sympathiser. I came to Chennai in 1996 and assisted a lot of directors before assisting Kamal Haasan’s Pammal K Sambandham as assistant director. I worked also for Nala Damayanthi.
Q. Why you took so long to become a full-fledged director?
To be honest I have no godfathers and I’m fiercely independent self-made man.
Q. How did you land up with Bramman ?
I wrote the script in 2011 and right from beginning I wanted Sasikumar to do the role, and was trying to meet him after Nadodigal. But it took me some time for the meeting to take place, by then he had finished Poraali and was starting Kutty Puli. Thanks to the efforts of my good friend the national award winning editor Raja Mohammad, I could meet Sasikumar.
Q. So finally you were able to narrate the script to him…
Yes I narrated and acted out the script with even how I wanted him to do the songs! He was impressed and within 20 minutes into the narration agreed to do the film. The first time Tamil producers K Manju a leading Kannada producer and distributor along with Anto Joseph the well-known Malayalam producer agreed to back the project.
Q. What is Bramman about?
Bramma is the creator and I feel there is a Bramma in everybody. Sasikumar plays Siva who has a dream and like Lord Shiva he too is a creator. The film is set in a Coimbatore suburb in the first half and moves to a big city in the second half. Lavanya Tripathi who debuted in south with the Telugu film Andala Raakshasi plays the crucial role of a mass media student. Naveen Chandra has an important role.
Q. So Santhanam is teamed up with Sasi for the first time?
Sasikumar and Sasikumar are coming together for the first time, and their on screen combination is terrific. Santhanam is there throughout the film especially first half and in the second half Soori joins the fun.
Q. Do you think Sasikumar can fit into the urban dude mass hero role ?
Why not? Sasikumar has been accepted as a mass hero especially in B & C centres with films like Sundarapandian and Kutty Puli. And with Bramman it will be a total changeover. For the first time he is wearing designer wear and he looks young and dashing and sings duets with the Lavanya in Switzerland and Italy. Sasi took special care and knocked of nearly 10 kilos, and worked hard on his dance movements with choreographer Raju Sundaram. The agility he showed in the action scenes choreographed by Selva is amazing. Let me tell you he is a star with an opening, and has a huge fan base.
Q. The market buzz is the film landing cost is close to Rs 20 Crore. Is it Sasikumar’s most expensive film?
We shot for 120 days and used best of technicians and producers Manju and Anto did not compromise on giving that rich look to the film. The camera work of Jomon T John is spectacular and for crowd scenes we have used nearly 1000 junior artists. For the first time a Sasikumar film has music by a popular music director like Devi Sri Prasad. Kamal sir at the audio launch introduced DSP by singing a line from the hit number –“En Uyirin Uyiraga” from the film. All the five songs have been picturised well.
Q. So Bramman has potential to be a hit?
Yes it is a pucca commercial mass entertainer with romance, songs, action, sentiments and has a good storyline. It has got a clean U certificate and family and youth audiences will love it. Bramman will speak for itself at the box-office.