Director Shankar is busy in the works connected with I which is being made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. A talk with him:
You are directing high budgeted films at a cost of Rs 110 Crores to 150 Crores. Can you direct a film at a cost of Rs 50 Lakhs?
If you are ready to see the film I am also ready to direct it.
Have you ever thought that you have not directed a village oriented subject?
I want to direct a film which has the backdrop of a village. If I get a good story, I will definitely direct it. As of now I don’t have time. Let’s see in 2018.
What are the intriguing aspects of Goundamani, Vadivelu, Vivek and Santhanam?
Each one of them will rock in their own style. Goundamani’s Gentleman comedy, Vadivelu’s Kadhalan and 23m Pulikesi comedies are still be viewed in TV channels. Santhanam has rocked in the comedy sequences in the film I.
Why have you not done a film with Ilayaraja?
If he listens to my story, I will join hands with him.
Why have you stopped producing the film under your banner S Pictures? Will you continue to produce the films?
I have not stopped producing. There is no time for me to select good stories. That is the truth. Recently I saw the film Kappal directed by my assistant Karthik. The comedy caper has all the commercial ingredients. After a long time I have enjoyed this film. I have acquired the film and releasing it under my banner. I have decided to produce one film a year if I get the time and right story.
What is the quote that gave you self-confidence?
Khalil Gibran has mentioned, “Wherever you dig the earth, there will be treasure. Only thing required for this is the confidence of a farmer.” Instead of thinking and wasting your time, get down to action and everything will be easy. The secret of my success is that I will do everything with perfection.
What do you like in Rajini and Kamal?
Rajini sir will never give the burden that he is a superstar. He will be always light. At any time, he will be ready for his work. He will listen to us carefully and digest it. I am very comfortable working with Rajini. Kamal sir will take of efforts in improvising his role. I am always interested to work with Rajini and Kamal sirs.