Why did it take four years to finish 'New'?
'New' is a bilingual. 240 days of shooting for both languages included. Coordinate the dates of the artistes like Mahesh Babu and Amisha Patel (for the Telugu version) and the dates of eight heroines, A R Rehman's dates as well as picturise eight songs in two languages. Considering all these I think I've managed to finish the film quite early! With all the efforts gone in I hope the public accepts it.
You could have done `New ‘in Telugu after finishing the Tamil like you did for Khushi
The reason is that I am also producer of New. I need money to produce. So I agreed to just direct the Telugu version and the money got from it was used for New. Apart from this I'd already narrated the script to Mahesh Babu and he expressed an interest in it. In fact, Mahesh, with his boyish looks, suited the role naturally and perfectly, whereas, in my case, I had to adapt myself to the character.
How would you describe the film?
It’s inspired by Big. I found it a fascinating subject with a lot of potential to develop it. The idea of a little boy in an adult's body was amazing. It would be a bit of 'Munthanai Mudichu' and a bit of 'Chinna Thambi' also
It’s the second time you are working with Simran?
We vibed well from 'Vaali' days. She respects my work. I missed her lot especially after editing the film and seeing her performance. A great loss to the industry. I was the only one she invited from the Tamil film industry for her wedding
Your film has an overdose of sex?
Sex is also part of life. But I've never crossed the limits anywhere. Apart from this I want children to come with their parents to the theatres. New is not an adult film. And then, this film carries a message too. I've tried to depict how a man can balance his life amicably between his mother and wife.