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Samuthirakani: My mother may not understand my work

IndiaGlitz [Thursday, June 11, 2009]

The story of 'My friend's friend is my friend as well', which is the theme of Samuthirakani 's Naadodigal, could well apply to the director himself. Known to most in the industry as a bankable friend in all times of distress, Samuthirakani has a reptutation it is only easy to desire. His past, however, is one that would make others cringe. Despite hailing from an agricultural family, the film seed was sown early, when the director, 12 years old then, chanced on a film 'Alaigal Oivadhillai'. Life was never the same after that and the director reveals he could never go to sleep after that everyday without watching atleast one film.

And then, with tall dreams of becoming a filmmaker and all of Rs 120 with him, he came to Chennai. Several days of toil later, he joined as an assistant to director K Vijayan, when he caught the attention of director K Balachandar. It was then that he got the magical opportunity of being the Iyakkunar Sigaram's assistant in Madhavan's 'Parthale Paravasam'.

He has completed his film Naadodigal today, and looks back at these incidents with nostalgia. But he also acknowledges his mother's role in making him what he is, even after his dad's death when he was 15. But today, I don't know if she will be interested in seeing my film. She has never seen a film so far, and we don't have a TV at home. But I think she will be surprised at what I do, because she will never see me on screen. She may not even understand the nature of my job here as a director. I am dedicating this movie to my mother, he fondly observes.

Editor Praveen has his hands full

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