Actor Vijay's Theri hits screens today and there are huge expectations from the film. Under these circumstances, one would expect the director of the film to be under tremendous pressure. But director Atlee seems calm and composed with no trace of any pressure whatsoever.
Talking to Express, Atlee says, "I have done my maximum. I have done whatever I know, whatever I can do. I believe everything is part of a learning process. I am expecting the result for what I have done. I am Okay with whatever it is. But at the same time, I am a 100 per cent confident that I will get what I wished." The film will not just be an entertainer. He discloses that the film will also deal with some pertinent, pressing social issues.
Ask Atlee if the story of Theri is based on a real life incident and if whether this incident happened in his life and he replies in the negative. "This has not happened to me but I know for a fact that it is happening to others. This is something that you will find happening in every place and under every circumstance. I believe women's safety is an issue that we need to address," says Atlee.
The film has two heroines in it - Samantha and Amy Jackson. While Samantha plays a doctor in the film, Amy Jackson plays a Malayali teacher.
So, what exactly was the biggest challenge when it came to making Theri? "Completing the film was my biggest challenge. When I say that, I don’t mean in terms of money. What I mean to say is when you want to make a film of this magnitude, you will have a lot of issues. Everything has to be perfect and come together if your idea is to look exactly the way you had envisioned it. That happened in Theri and I am thrilled about it," he says.
Finally, if there was one thing he would like to change in Theri, what would it be? Says the director, "There is nothing that I want to change in it or about it. I may want to add more scenes to Theri. I may feel maybe I should have retained this portion as well but that will happen when I watch the film again.”