Hari is a producer’s delight. He insists and completes a film in one single schedule with least number of rolls and has a `pucca` script ready before the shoot. Last week he completed Arul, the big budget extravaganza with superstar Vikram in 68 days. Excerpts from an exclusive interview with the director known as "Hurricane Hari". (View pictures: from `Arul`)
In the last two years you have completed four films. How did you manage to work at such rapid speed?
(Smiles) Hardwork and keeping to my original script. I start work only after finishing the script and I avoid making changes while shooting. This helps a lot and hence I am able to keep to my dates. For example in Arul there were 702 scenes in the 2 hour 45 minutes running time of the film and I was able to successfully complete the film on time.
What is the basic story of Arul?
Arulkumaran is a goldsmith in Coimbatore. But due to some circumstances he is forced to control the city...remember he is not a ‘dada’ or a police officer. Kanmani, a girl staying opposite to his house played by Jyothika is his lover. Pasupathy and a Malayalam villain `Kollam` Thulasi are the bad men who try to make life miserable for Arulkumaran. It will be an entertainer. (Read: `Arul` fever grips Kollywood )
But how can a goldsmith control Coimbatore?
(Thinking) You can see the film next week and see it for yourself. If I tell you that the suspense is gone.
But everyone says that Arul looks similar to your previous Saamy…
No it is not. Arul is entirely different.
But all your films are action packed racy entertainers with blood and gore. Please comment.
There is action in my films, but 50 percent of the film is a mixture of sentiments, romance and comedy. After all films are make-believe and people come for entertainment. Arul will be appreciated by women. I have cast seven heroines of the past including Saranya, Aarthi, Kuyili and Rekha in my film. Chaya Singh does an item song with Vikram. The comedy scenes of Vikram, Jo and Vadivelu are sure to bring the house down in the first half.
How big a hit can Arul turn out to be?
I am extremely happy with the film and the way it has shaped out. Now it is all in the hands of the audience. Vikram’s performance, Harris’ music, Vadivelu's comedy and the deadly villains will surely bring in repeat audience. Let me tell you once again that Arul will be a 100 percent entertainer.