Susi Ganeshan, the Madurai-born film-maker, has opined that in order to acquire the tag of an ‘Indian director’, it is imperative for a film-maker to direct at least one film in Hindi. “Unless one does so, he can hardly be termed as an ‘Indian director’ though he might have made films in other languages in India,” Susi has said.
Susi has directed four Tamil films including the Vikram-starrer Kanthaswamy and Jeevan’s Thiruttu Payale. Susi’s ‘words of wisdom’ were uttered while he was taking part in an on-line chat to promote his debut film in Hindi as a director in Shortcut Romeo, which is a Hindi remake of his own Thiruttu Payale. The film hit the screens last Friday (21st June) to mixed response from the public.
Answering to queries on-line, Susi said “One can get a true recognition as an ‘Indian director’ only if he makes a film in Hindi. We would still be known as a ‘South Indian Tamil director’ even if we make 100 films in Tamil or other South Indian languages. That’s why I decided to make my debut in Hindi. I have a long-term plan and hope to win acclaim as a film-maker all over the country within the next five years,” said Susi.
Starring Neil Nitin Mukesh, Ameesha Patel and Puja Gupta, the film hasn’t had any great box-office collections in the first week and might at best be able to recover its production cost if it manages to remain in theatres till the end of next week. Let’s wish Susi a more successful attempt in future to become a truly ‘Indian director’!