Ameer Sultan a.k.a. Ameer went nostalgic and said that but for Vikram’s Sethu directed by Bala becoming a success story, he wouldn’t have made it big in the industry. He made these remarks during the audio-launch of an upcoming film titled Yasagan directed by Duraivanan, who had worked first under Ameer and then under Sasikumar.
Ameer released the audio cassettes and CDs of the film which were accepted by Sasikumar at a simple ceremony held in the city. Speaking on stage, Ameer, who also functions as the president of FEFSI, said “Yasagan is almost like my own film. I, Bala, Sasikumar and Samuthirakkani are not regularly in touch through phone or e-mail and only get to meet each other during such events and functions.
“The five of us including Duraivanan landed up in Chennai from Madurai and were wandering, waiting for the big break. Now, of course, we all have our own identities. When I made Mounam Pesiyadhe in 2002, Bala was apprehensive as to whether or not I would keep up his reputation as I was his disciple. However, I didn’t do a bad job; when I made Paruthiveeran in 2007, Bala was very proud that I was his disciple.
“Likewise, I was a bit tense when Sasikumar took to film-making on his own; however, when I watched Subramaniapuram, I felt proud of him. Now, Sasikumar’s assistants have started making films. It’s indeed a proud affair that Sun Pictures, which released films starring superstar Rajinikanth, is also releasing films starring Sasikumar as hero. Nothing is more satisfactory than the feeling you get when your assistants make it big in the industry.
“The dais is a gift by Bala’s Sethu; had the film not done well, there wouldn’t have been a Bala, Ameer, Sasikumar, S.R. Praabhakaran or Duraivanan. We have all spread out as branches but the root (cause) is certainly the success of Sethu,” Ameer concluded.