Jiiva is one of the significant
actors of the current generation
Vendran is my third movie after Jeyamkondan
and Kanden Kadhalai. Jiiva and Tapsee play
the lead. Jiiva and I are collaborating for
the first time. Jiiva is significant among
the actors of the younger generation. He’s
a realistic actor and I find him true to the
characters he enacts. This is Tapsee’s
second film; she’s debuting with Vetrimaran’s
Aadukalam. We found Jiiva and Tapsee’s
chemistry to be sparkling even during the
The plot of the movie will be true to its title. It’s
about a young man who pursues his dream and achieving
success in the pursuit. This is a love story with
a generous blend of action. However, the movie will
also have the subtlety and freshness of my earlier
The other significant aspect of the movie is Santhanam.
Santhanam’s contribution in my earlier movies
was perfect and Vandaan Vendran will be no exception.
The thing about Santhanam is that his comedy will
be an integral part of his movies and not as a separate
track. We share great rapport owing to my association
with him in my earlier movies. I am confident that
his comedy will be a hit in Vandaan Vendran as well.
I would also like to call attention to P G Muthaya’s
cinematography. He has worked with me in Kanden
Kadhalai and this is our second project together.
Thanks to him all the shots in Kanden Kadhalai were
pleasant and suitable for the respective frame.
Same way, his cinematography in Vandaan Vendran
will be noteworthy. We have planned a different
tone for the romance part that is supposed to happen
in Mumbai. Muthaya’s expertise will come in
handy for these scenes.
Taman, who is an upcoming talent, has scored music
for the movie. We wanted a fresh talent who can
produce music that is quite unique. That is how
we came across Taman’s music. He’s already
established himself as one of the leading music
composers of the Telugu industry. This movie will
be a milestone for him in Tamil.
Why did you choose Mumbai as your shooting location?
Well that’s because the story is set in Mumbai.
Tapsee plays the daughter of a textile baron, who
is an US educated girl named Anjana. Since the story
revolves around her, it’s set in Mumbai.
Why do you prefer
to have the dialogues of your movies written by someone
else and not you?
us about the elements that make this movie
a gripping, fast-paced, wholesome entertainer.
This is not a regular boy-meets-girl love
story. We have adopted novel ways with the
screenplay of the movie since we wanted something
Vandaan Vendran is not a
regular boy-meets-girl love story
When you write the script you are living with the
story. So it’s always better to let your story
have another perspective. That is why I have the dialogues
done by someone else. But when the dialogues are ready,
I read through it and add my ideas to make it better.
Dialogues for my movies have always been written by
Pattukottai Prabhakar. He totally knows what I want
and there is always room for discussion and improvement.
About the producer
The script of Vandaan Vendraan is written about four
years back. It’s a bound document with two volumes.
The movie was supposed to go on floors after Jeyamkondaan.
But that’s when I received producer Dhananjeyan’s
offer to direct Kanden Kadhalai and I couldn’t
refuse it. It was a remake of Jab We Met, the movie
I quite liked. So I took time to direct Kanden Kadhalai
and simultaneously work on the script of Vandaan Vendraan
with my team.
Vandaan Vendraan’s producer K S Srinivasan is
a veteran in the industry. He has been in the industry
for the past 30 years and has a rich heritage of producing
about 50 movies. His Sivasri Pictures is recently
rechristened as Vasan Visual Ventures. Srinivasan
is a very nice human being and believes in providing
the director with whatever is needed for the successful
execution of the movie. I am also in pressure to repeat
their Boss Engira Baskaran success.
Will Jiiva have
a different look in Vandaan Vendraan?
Jiiva will be his normal self in Vandaan Vendraan.
We have not put him through any get up change routine.
He plays a regular, no-frills guy who can relate very
well with the viewing audience. That’s how I
am going to present Jiiva.
Why did you opt
for a remake?
I chose to direct Kanden Kadhalai because I liked
the movie. I would not have done a remake of a run
of the mill movie with commercial sensibilities. I
thought Jab We Met would work for Tamil and hence
went ahead and did it. Vandaan Vendraan is not a remake
and it’s my own script.
Besides, I want to direct movies that would make
people happy and movies that families can watch.
As a film maker I should like one particular concept,
only then I will present that concept to my viewers.
Both my previous movies had happy endings and that
will be the case with Vandaan Vendraan as well.
I do not want to depress my audience. I am sure
How do you
design the heroes of your movie?
I do not design the heroes of my movie. Stories
define the hero. So my effort will be focused in
writing a good story. I narrate the stories to my
lead men and they adapt themselves to the character.
I do not dictate how they should play the roles
Did you consider
anyone else for hero’s role other than Jiiva?
When I finished writing the script, I knew Jiiva
should do this role. I wanted someone who would
not be overt with their emotions but be subtle and
do only what the character demands. I narrated the
story to him and he quite liked it. I did not have
to go to another hero. He said, let’s do it.
Same way, my producer also liked the script and
gave a go ahead as soon as he heard the story.
Mani Ratnam is a legend and
movies seem to have Mani Ratnam’s influence.
Can you explain?
have worked as an assistant for Mani Ratnam
for about 10 years. I have taken many tiny
inspirations from his working style. Like
his eye for detail. There will be extensive
research on even a simple aspect of the movie.
So those aspects, I try to replicate in my
movie. But otherwise, my movies are totally
different. Mani Ratnam is a legend and matchless.
Ayudha Ezhuthu cameo and acting aspirations
Ayudha Ezhuthu, one of the actors who did
a villager’s role couldn’t get
his dialogues right. It was a lengthy shot
including other actors and the actor just
wasn’t good enough. There were many
retakes and we were losing natural light.
That’s when Mani asked me to change
into the villager costume and come in front
of the camera. I was apprehensive but the
shot was successful in one take. So that role
was an accident. I have no acting aspirations.
I only want to focus on direction.
I have no acting aspirations
Mani sir never teaches you
us more about Mani Ratnam…
Ratnam is like a library that has a thousand
books. There are a million things to learn
from him. It depends on what you learn from
him. You won’t get any straightforward
direction lessons from him. Mani Ratnam’s
shooting spots will be grueling experiences.
We will be jam-packed with work throughout
the day: no time to eat, no time even to breath.
Everyone will be conscious about not making
any mistakes. Siddharth, Karthik, Milind,
Sudha and I worked as a team. Mani Ratnam
never teaches anything. It’s for us
Both my previous movies had a little bit of city and
village in them. They were also free of double entendre,
vulgarities or even item numbers. I believe I made
my viewers happy and it will continue with Vandaan
Vendraan as well. We have started the shooting of
the movie, which is in its first leg in Chennai. After
which we are going to Kannur and then to Mumbai. February
next year is the planned month of release of the movie.