Why did you take so much of time to come back?
Firstly because I was in the family way and I had to take care of my daughter. Secondly I was looking for the producer who suits to my taste of film making. I had done the subject rewriting quite a few times in the last eight months.
You got the right producer..
I got two producers who evinced interest in doing this film. K.Manju and N.M.Suresh both came forward. I made them to sit at one place and decide who wants to take up. Finally N.M.Suresh of 'Thulaja Bhavani Creations' known for films like Excuse Me, Chappale and yet to be released 7 O'clock made it. He liked the title of the film 'Thananam Thanam'.
Was there any condition from the producer?
No. He suggested that I should pick theatre artistes for this musical triangular love story film. There are nearly 60 artistes who are from the stage in this film.
When you thought of Ramya and Rakshita?
First I thought it is Ramya who suits the role aptly. For another role I was apprehensive to ask Rakshita because both are sharing equal fame in the Kannada film. When I narrated the subject to Rakshita she suggested some improvement for her role so that equality is maintained. I agreed because I don't have any ego problem. It is Rakshita who had slightly rewritten my subject. I like ideas given by anyone. I always believe in the team work. I have not chosen Ramya and Rakshita because they are hot properties of Kannada filmdom.
What do they do in the film?
I have not chosen Ramya and Rakshita because they are hot properties of Kannada filmdom. In this dramatic love story Rakshita is emotional and Ramya is cute and bubbly.
You are a lucky director because you have developed good supporting team.
Yes. Firstly I must be thankful to music director Kalyan because is the one who suggested the title for me. I have roped in great artistes like Girish Karnadji and Bharathi Vishnuvardhan madam. I have Daisy Boppanna doing another role. I hope I will work according to the hype that has already generated.
Who is the hero for the film?
He is Shyam of nine Tamil films. He is a Bangalore born guy now made it big in Tamil films.
Did you not get the right heroes from Kannada?
I checked with a few heroes and their attitude was not good. They were not ready to mould themselves. Look at Prakash Rai he suits as a hero as well as a father. Such variety and energy he has. According to me heroes should not restrict to only action films only.
How about the songs in the film?
I am grateful to Dr.L.Subramaniam of international repute. When I narrated him the script and the importance of violin he agreed. Several of his bits are used in the film. K.Kalyan scores the music for six of the songs. He has already finished composition for the title song.
Who has provided the story for 'Thananam Thananam'?
It is inspired from Kalki. I have obtained the oral permission from the grand daughter of Kalki. I have worked on that small story and added loft of interesting elements.
What is your technical team?
Camera is by A.C.Mahender. Editing by Kemparaju, Ramakrishna is the make up man, costume designing by Roshini. I have the support of Arya in the dialogue department.