For someone who never planned on acting, newbie Naga has sure hit the jackpot. The 23-year-old, is debuting as the lead actor in Bala’s home production Pisaasu. The film, which is readying for release, is directed by Mysskin. “After my Visual Communications course at Loyola College, I had joined the London Central Film School for a year-long diploma course. When I returned home, I started working with director Bala as assistant director for Thaara Thappattai. One day, out of the blue, he asked me to act in Pisaasu! I was shocked beyond words, since I knew nothing about acting!” recalls Naga. “I was terrified of both Bala sir and Mysskin! Both are storehouses of cinematic knowledge and I’m a newcomer! I had to make sure I learnt the ropes fast.” Naga spent a lot of time with Mysskin, learning the art.
In the movie, Naga sports a one-eyed look with an uncouth, bearded apprearance. “I lost myself completely in my character and began to feel the part. It was a great learning experience being around Mysskin. I learnt that being subtle is the toughest thing to do on screen,” he reminisces.
Mysskin is introducing newbie Prayaga as heroine, while Arrol Corelli is debuting as music director. The camerawork is by Ravee Roy and stunts by Nathan Lee. Poetess Tamizhachi Thangapandian debuts as lyricist.
Pisaasu has a ghost in the form of Prayaga, but the screenplay is different from the usual, claims Mysskin. “There are none of the usual characters usually associated with supernatural films. I studied a lot of literature on horror and made a parallel study of this genre in cinema before writing this story. There will be fear, thrills and humour interwoven into the story,” he concludes.