into the film world
Hi, I am Rajesh the director of Siva Manasula Sakthi.
I am currently doing Boss Engira Baskaran which is
nearing completion. I am an electronics and communications
engineer and was working in Mumbai for sometime after
my graduation in an ad company. I did many short films
as an assistant director. This experience was very
useful to me. It was at that time I got to work with
director Ameer in just one schedule in his Mounam
Pesiyade. It was a big breakthrough for me. I was
not able to work continuously with him due to health
After this, I worked with SA Chandrashekar in Sukran,
Nenjirukkum Varai and a couple of films which helped
me learn the important aspects of cinema like planning,
scheduling, costing etc. Later, as I wanted to start
on my own, I readied the script of Siva Manasula Sakthi
and was approaching people. And then I got the golden
opportunity to narrate the story to Srinivasan sir,
MD of Vikatan, who told me that if he did not like
the script, he will stop me in 15 minutes and I can
leave as both our times are precious. It was fine
with me and I started narrating the story. He liked
it and immediately started on other formalities. That’s
how I finished my first film with a lot of support
and encouragement from Srinivasan sir of Vikatan.
My main objective was to bring repeat audience to
my films which I think I have succeeded to a large
extent. And many people have appreciated our work-acting
of Jeeva, Santhanam and Anuya, Yuvan’s music,
Sakthi Saravanan’s camera – it was a team
work. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience.
In SMS, Arya had done a cameo and we became good friends.
Hence when I decided to work for my next film with
Arya, Vaasan Visual Ventures, who had done Naan Kadavul,
had Arya’s dates and we formed a team to make
Boss Engira Baskaran which can also be termed as a
family entertainer. Unlike SMS, hero and heroine don’t
fight in BEB. Baskaran is Arya’s name in the
film which is about a small chapter in his life. Humor
would run through in this film too. Arya and Nayanthara
combination is new and they have performed well in
BEB. Santhanam and Arya’s combination has worked
out well. The same team of SMS is there in BEB also
like cinematographer Sakthi Saravanan and music director
It is a common practice to call everyone as Boss these
days. Hence the title of Boss Engira Bhaskaran appealed
was SMS received?
My main objective is that my film should
be liked by the audience. I did not make a
film to win awards or to please the critics.
As an audience, I liked many films and had
gone to the theatres repeatedly to watch them.
In the same manner, I wanted to deliver such
a film and I had targeted my work for a particular
group of audience who liked SMS. However,
there were also criticisms and negative feedbacks
which I took positively in my stride and told
myself that I would avoid such mistakes in
I did not make a film to win
awards or to please the critics
SMS, BEB - Did
you plan for such titles?
No, I never planned that way and it just happened.
How was it to
work with Ameer?
I worked for a very short period with Ameer - 20
days in Mounam Pesiyade. Although it was his first
film, his work was like that of an established director.
I clearly recall critic Madhan’s words that
good films can be expected from Ameer and his words
have come true. Ameer is taking Tamil cinema to a
higher level. It was a good experience working with
How did you
convince the producer for BEB?
I had just an idea and not the entire script when
I was discussing with the producers about BEB. After
I completed the script, we met Arya and he was also
impressed. Till this time Arya has not done a full-length
comedy film and he found the script of BEB new and
challenging. He understood that it is a new genre
which would fetch him good name. And that’s
how everything fell in place.
Did Arya and
Nayanthara meet your expectations?
To be honest, both of them have exceeded my expectations.
We had many rounds of discussions about their characterizations
and there were good inputs from Arya’s side
too. Yes, what I had expected from the characters
of Baskaran and Chandrika, both of them have delivered
Nayanthara was very disciplined
is said that Nayanthara is troublesome at shoots.
have never had any such experiences. As far
as BEB was concerned, Nayanthara was very disciplined
and punctual. She was extremely professional
too. She used to report for an 8 AM shoot at
7.15 AM with complete make up. She went to her
caravan only when ‘pack up’ was
announced. I have only one complaint against
Nayanthara. She used to come very early to the
shooting spot even before we could ready the
Tell us something
Arya is very friendly. He cooperated completely during
shooting and dubbing also. As there are many dialogues
in the film, he dubbed for BEB for almost a month
with total involvement.
Who is Udayanidhi's
heroine? How did you convince him?
I knew Udayanidhi was trying to make his entry as
hero but I am not aware of who gave him a narration
and such things. When I got a chance to meet him,
he told me that he is not for over-build up and heroism
kind of film. He said that he is interested in a lively,
sensible film which can be watched by everyone. He
also told he liked my SMS which was trendy and liked
by youth. I felt Udayanidhi can do a love story and
told him a one liner of a love story which he liked
and he immediately accepted. All other aspects like
heroine, music director and technicians are not finalized.
I will begin Udayanidhi’s project once I am
completely done with BEB.
is working with me for the second time and he
has given me good numbers in BEB. Yuvan delivers
best music when he is undisturbed. Once we tell
him the situation and don’t torture him
with our interferences and let him do his work,
we get the best outputs. I got such results
in SMS - oru kal oru kannadi, eppadiyo maatikitta
and a small bit oru paarvaiyil pooka vaithal
- which became huge hits. Even in BEB, I never
disturbed him and he has given me good songs.
We have a good understanding. In BEB, there
are five numbers and each one of them belongs
to a different variety - western, melody, folk
number and so on. When I met him for re-recording,
he added one more song saying that it would
be a nice addition to the flow of the film.
My gut feel is Yaarinda pendaan endru ketten
from BEB will be a great hit. Na Muthukumar
has penned all the lyrics and the combination
has worked well.
Yuvan delivers best music when
he is undisturbed
What is Lakshmi
Ramakrishnan's role in BEB?
Lakshmi Ramakrishnan is Arya’s mother in BEB.
I liked her performance in Nadodigal. Her role in
BEB would render a variety in her career.
If you want to be happy, watch
should one see BEB?
you want to be happy, watch BEB. When someone
is stressed and depressed, please watch BEB
as the film will make you completely happy.
I believe BEB will lighten you up. I feel a
film should either give you happiness or hope.
BEB will give both.
When are you going
to do films with Ajith and Vijay?
know. As of now, such opportunities have not come
my way and after BEB I will be working with Udhaynidhi.