‘Irandam Ulagam is close to my heart’ - The New Indian Express

‘Irandam Ulagam is close to my heart’

Published: 14th November 2013 10:28 AM

Last Updated: 14th November 2013 10:28 AM

Maverick director Selvaraghavan’s Irandam Ulagam, which took over one and a half years to make, is finally releasing on November 22. The movie, produced by PVP Cinemas will release in Telugu as Varna. In a media interaction, the lead actors Arya and Anushka along with director Selvaraghavan, threw light on the film and the making process. We bring you some excerpts:

The title, according to Selvaraghavan, refers to the parallel worlds that could possibly exist alongside ours. Says Selvaraghavan, “We have discovered the presence of only few worlds and many more could exist. Even scientists think that we are not alone.  My movie is a fictional account of such a fantasy world.”

The lead actors were Selva’s biggest support. He says, “A few producers were skeptical as to whether this story could be translated effectively on  screen. I thank my producers, who believed in the project, and Arya and Anushka, who  were my pillars.” The unit shot extensively in Georgia for a large part of the film, in a rough terrain. Anushka says, “Any actor would be eager to do this script. It’s about a girl, who wants to do many things that a man can do. I even had sword fighting scenes. Irandam Ulagam is close to my heart and I’m glad Selva gave me this opportunity.” Arya feels that this will be a landmark film for him. “I was eager to see how Selva would convert such a concept into a film. I  am eager as the audiences, to see it fully on screen myself. Its going to be a visual treat.”

Selva, the taskmaster, has an admirer in  Anushka. “People may say that Selva is tough with his actors.  But he tries to extract your best. So, when critics later praise your performance, it’s actually due to him.  We shot in such rough terrains, but we felt no pressure. We felt like pushing ourselves, so that it all adds up to  give a better mileage to the film in the end.”

The filmmaker’s biggest challenge was how to narrate his new concept to meet viewer expectations. “The audience exposure has increased, and  so have their expectations to see something new. But I had to introduce the story in a way that wouldn’t be alien to them,” he says.

Anushka says that the element of love is like a metaphor in the film. “The tagline of the film is ‘how far would you go for love’. Selva has put all the elements of love into it backed up with Ramji’s wonderful visuals. I would prefer a love marriage. But as to how Mr Right should be, I really haven’t thought about.”

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