Sweety Nanna Jodi has reasons to be in the limelight. The film, which is the third outing of Vijayalakshmi Singh as a director, will see Radhika Kumaraswamy on silver screen after six years. Another reason for the hype is Auditya playing a romantic hero, definitely a right break from his regular films based on the underworld.
With the promos coming to a close, the director is now feeling the box office pressure. “Kandita (definitely). It is a natural for all filmmakers. Sweety... was with me till today. Now I have to show it to the audience and the count down has begun,” says Vijayalakshmi, who for fifteen months, just lived the film. “I had nothing else in my mind other than thinking about this movie. The hangover will definitely stay for another three months after the release. My husband, Jai Jagadish finally feels that I am free from Sweety,” she laughs as she shares about her deep involvement with the project.
“I am a director who sits with the people concerned, share my thoughts and then conclude the story. Probably that is why I take a long time. But I believe in what I want to communicate to my audience. I feel I have done my best with Sweety...,” says the producer-director who is directing Sweety... under a different banner for the first time.
And with Radhika producing the film, Vijayalakshmi states that she had all the freedom and budget to make the movie better. “Today it is releasing in more than 120 theatres and to my luck it happens to be a solo release. What more I can ask for,” she says.
“I always want my films to be pleasant and people who sit through the film should also feel the same. More technicality pushes down the emotions of a film. I prefer to stay in a particular shot for a while. People feel that films lag with the script and that has been taken care with Sweety.... I believe more in the screenplay and how it flows one after the other. To top it, I do films on human relations, which is evergreen. Now it is left to the audience,” she says.
According to Vijayalakshmi, while she should not talk much about her actors in the film, she wants people to know that this film will see Radhika in a new look. “She is a beautiful woman, just that she needed a makeover. I took the effort and made sure that she looked good from every angle. I should also thank the cameraman for that. There is no doubt about her acting skills. She is very spontaneous, like a born actress. The best thing about Radhika is her memory. She was comfortable in delivering lengthy dialogues. More so, she is an extraordinary dancer and can perform any kind of dance. Radhika is more like a parrot, she just listens to the director and emotes the same way,” she says.
While Auditya is popular with the audience for playing underworld characters, Vijayalakshmi wanted him to showcase his handsome looks. “I wanted to see him as a person who values life. Initially it was difficult to get that feel in him as he was always part of action films. With this movie, he had to change his body language and expressions. I kept telling him not to raise his voice. Though it was new to him, he thoroughly enjoyed,” she says.
Vijayalakshmi opted for Radhika and Auditya and is quite sure that their onscreen chemistry will make the a hit pair. “I gave them the freedom and they were comfortable with it. They complement each other in terms of performance. As a director, I could see a good onscreen chemistry. With Sweety..., the two might just become a hit jodi,” she says.
Appealing the audience
According to the director she has given a commercial feel to the film and though she admits that she does not understand the differentiation between mass and class, the 2 hour, 20 minute film has all the elements - fun, sentiments, comedy, action, seven songs and more. “I have complete clarity about my audience. I can’t push an item song to attract one and all,” she says.