In a film which is promoted as a sequel to Pizza, scenes at a church might not seem redundant. But the team of Villa has camped at Luz Church, Mylapore, recently for a song sequence, a romantic number at that, called Aayiram Enngal. City Express caught up with the film’s director Deepan, a debutant, on the film’s sets.
How can Villa be a sequel to Pizza when the entire team is new including the director?
The connection between Pizza and Villa is that both the scripts are rooted in the same time frame. The narration will move in a parallel line. That’s why we decided to promote it as a sequel. About 70 per cent of the film will happen inside a house, which plays a major role.
So will there be references from Villa to Pizza or vice versa in the narration?
There is a surprise the element in the film, which I don’t want to reveal now. All I can say is most of the actors of Pizza are part of Villa as well, but are playing different characters.
But there will be comparisons between these two films at all levels
Comparisons will anyway happen. If Villa had not been announced as a sequel, people will compare me with the other directors from the Nalaiya Iyakkunar reality show. Both Karthik Subburaj (Pizza’s director) and actor Vijay Sethupathi are my very good friends and they know what I’m doing. So I’m just focusing on how my movie is shaping up and I’m happy with the progress.
Why was Vaibhav replaced with Ashok Selvan?
There are many things involved in it. I just want to say ‘No comment’.
Sanchita Shetty is the first actor to be repeated by the production house after Soodhu Kavvum
Sanchita was selected only after an audition. I decided that she would be apt for a role in the film and requested the producer to rope her in.
There can be no Santosh Narayanan album without Gana Bala’s song. You agree?
Yes, I know. We have planned five songs for Villa, while only two will feature in the film. Those two songs don’t belong to the genre which would require Gana Bala. But there are three other songs and, maybe, Santosh will use Gaana Bala’s voice in any of them. Musically, Villa will be a different experience.
Tell us about how things began for you.
Actually, I started off as a singer. I have sung a lot of songs for short films and a few for feature films which didn’t get released. In fact, I have requested Santosh to give me a chance to sing in Villa and it’s up to him to take the final call. But I would like to score music for films in the future.