In a recent interaction with his son Shanthanu, veteran director Bhaghyaraj opened up on why he couldn't say yes to Shankar's Boys, Balaji Sakthivel's Kaadhal, and Sasikumar's Subramaniapuram. All these directors wanted Shanthanu to play the lead role in their respective films.
"When Shankar narrated the script of Boys, you were too young that you didn't even have a mustache. The film demanded a mature hero and I also didn't want your debut film to have too much romance.
"I loved Balaji Sakthivel's Kaadhal and told him that the film would become a huge success but again, the script demanded a mature hero. I was impressed with Sasikumar's Subramaniapuram but at the same time, Thanu sir was planning a grand launch for you with Sakkarakatti.
"I couldn't ask Thanu sir and Rahman sir to finish the film quickly. Tried asking Sasikumar to wait but he had his commitments. I wouldn't say that you missed these projects. Everything happens for a reason", said Bhagyaraj to Shanthanu.