Direction Dreams: I have a Thuppaki-like script for Vijay

Why filmmaking? How did your journey commence?

Published: 12th August 2017 11:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 11:49 AM   |  A+A-

Nikil Sanjay and KV Anand

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Nikhil Sanjay

Directors worked with: KV Anand

Films worked for: Ko, Mattran, Anegan, Kavan

Main work with the director: Scripting to post production


Why filmmaking? How did your journey commence?

I used to watch a lot of films and after watching movies like Kadhalan and Indian, I became inspired to make my own. My dad, who knew that I had a passion for filmmaking, insisted that I should pursue it.

What’s the oddest thing you have done as an assistant director?
I got frisked at the airport once while on the job. I was supposed to ensure that a carton of the film’s properties reached the correct place and was carrying it around. I left it unattended at a public place for over quarter of an hour as I had to take care of some other task. Then I got a call that the carton I was carrying was subject to investigation. I rushed over to find the whole place surrounded by a bomb squad! A pack of dogs were sniffing the entire place.

I walked into the investigation room and the entire airport, including KV Anand and Dhanush, were looking at me. I was scared, but tried not to show it. I was asked about the contents of the box and then I was told that I would have to pay a fine. I was worried that the fine would be hefty in the range of a few ten of thousands—but the fine slip read `500 and I was so relieved. After this, I reported to KV Anand and he jovially asked, “They let you free?”

What do you like about KV Anand’s school of filmmaking?
I love his enthusiasm. He is like a bundle of energy. I also love the way he is always focussed on his goals and makes sure he doesn’t get distracted by anything.

What have you learned from him?
I learned how to be always prepared in case things don’t go as per the plan. Not like a back-up, but something I’d call a crystal clear style of scriptwriting where you have got all your bases covered.

Which is the best film you’ve worked on so far?
Anegan. Because until then, I had a few seniors who’d also pitch in and help out. But for Anegan, I had to take care of a lot of responsibilities, while also helping others.

What’s one area of filmmaking that you are having a tough time with?
If I had to pick one aspect, I guess I will say that I have a tough time scripting a love story and getting the essence of such a story right.

If filmmaking doesn’t work out, what then?
I have never thought of any other backup, because it amounts to me not having confidence in myself.
Who’s a director you wish you could work with, and why?
Shankar. I grew up not just watching, but marvelling at his style of filmmaking. Also, AR Murugadoss because I really admire his films.

What are your future and upcoming projects?
One is a script based on few real life incidents. I also have a cop story and a gangster story in hand.

Who’s the dream cast of your debut film?
I have a cop story with a social background that has echoes of Thuppaki. Being a Thuppaki-like script, I’d love to cast Vijay in it.

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