Nalan Kumarasamy the director of ‘Soodu Kaavum’ is the perfect example of how a TV reality show can change one’s life. Nalan was your regular engineer dealing in mechanical fabrication but like many young men nurtured an undying love for cinema and filmmaking. So when he got the opportunity he grabbed it with both hands.
“The Tamil TV reality show ‘Naalaya Iyakunar’( Future Directors) was almost like a film school to me. On the show I did script writing, direction, production, casting and so on. We had to do everything on our own. I just used to write scripts and did not have confidence in myself and hence when I used to post my films on YouTube I used to describe it as amateur attempts. I didn’t think direction was my cup of tea but the show gave me confidence. At the beginning of the show I didn’t even know to say action and cut,” Nalan chuckles.
Nalan who brought out 8 shortfilms in the reality show even won the title. So though a first timer at making a movie he didn’t feel the nervousness of a first timer. “By the time I was making my first feature film I had gained enough confidence and knew if I could handle so many things at once then directing a feature film couldn’t be so bad,” he smiles.
But Nalan did face some initial hiccups, “As I was so used to making shortfilms, my scripts weren’t getting long enough for a full-length feature film. So though I had started working on the film back in 2010 it is only now that I could finally manage to finish it.”
Nalan is happy his film was able to strike the right chords among the audience. “To an audience who are so used to Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijay and the ‘n’ number of superstars I was nervous about how they will receive my film sans romance, hero and the regular hit-making ingredients. But my shortfilms were received well by the audience and that is what gave me the courage to work on such a subject full of dark comedy,” Nalan adds.
Though he has not watched any Malayalam films yet, Nalan who happened to listen to some storylines of the late director Lohithadas from a friend is in awe of the late director. “I am already on my way to Beemapalli to collect all the DVDs of Lohithadas films I can lay my hands on,” he quips.