He exudes sheer delight at being in Chennai. Sekhar Kammula, the renowned National Award winning director of Telugu films Happy Days, Dollar Dreams, Anand, Godavari, is thrilled about his foray into Kollywood. His movie Nee Enge En Anbe, the remake of Kahaani, will be hitting K’Town soon. In a chat with City Express after a media meet, he talks about the film and how it has been, working with Nayanthara.
“Nayan has done mainstream, glamourous roles so I was excited to see her in this very different role. The story is a thriller about a Tamil woman who comes to Hyderabad looking for her missing husband,” explains Kammula. He is all praise for Nayan. “She worked under very stressful conditions. We shot in the crowded Old Hyderabad in extreme heat for 70 days. She was mobbed several times but handled it all with patience.”
Kammula says that this movie is a straight Tamil movie. “The Telugu version is called Anamika. When the producers approached me, I was excited since I’m known for women -centric films. But it was a challenge as this is my first ‘adaptation’. I’ve made many changes from the original. For example, unlike Vidya Balan, Nayan is not shown as a pregnant woman. I didn’t want to get sympathy for my character using such an easy tool. The challenge lay in adding other shades to get the desired results.”
Quiz Kammula about a badge he’s wearing and he replies, “It says ‘I care, I react’. I started wearing it to show my solidarity after the Nirbhaya incident. After initial protests, we tend to forget such crimes. So to keep myself sensitised, I wear this badge whenever I read about atrocities against women. So far I have distributed 35,000 such badges.”
The film also marks the foray of TV giant Endemol (Big Boss, Super Kudumbam, Deal or No Deal) into regional film production, under their Eyedentity Motion Pictures banner.
Sekhar discloses that there are many ‘firsts’ for him too. “ It’s my first Tamil movie, my first movie with music director Keeravani, my first remake and the first time I’ve used a digital camera,” he reels off. About future plans, Kammula says, “I would love to direct Rajinikanth in the remake of my Telugu film Leader. Only he would do justice to the story that has the potential to change the face of politics.”