Filmmakers should make movies that matter to public: GNR Kumaravelan

Tamil filmmaker GNR Kumaravelan in a candid conversation with Governance Now

shivani

Shivani Chaturvedi | October 13, 2016


#GNR Kumaravelan   #Tamil Nadu   #Tamil Films   #Haridas   #Tamil filmmaker GNR Kumaravelan  


Tamil filmmaker GNR Kumaravelan was nominated for Filmfare award for the best Tamil director for his art film Haridas in 2013. The film, based on the story of an autistic child, received several positive reviews. Kumaravelan is the son of filmmaker GN Rangarajan. He made his directorial debut in 2009. Earlier he had worked as assistant director with Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran, popularly known as Balu Mahendra, from Sri Lanka, and actor-director Kamal Haasan.


What inspired you to become a director?


My father was a director and a producer. I grew up watching him have his story discussions and at the movie sets. It was very exciting and fascinating.

What role does an artist play in society?

Non-cinema people look up to an artist for inspiration and motivation. They see the artists in movies and strive to be like them. This is a powerful factor.

What inspired you to make Haridas?

My nephew is an autistic child. Seeing him and his parents bringing him up and give him a normal life inspired me to portray autism to the masses in a way that they would understand.

What is your next project?

My next project is titled Wagah starring Vikram Prabhu. The story revolves around the life of a BSF jawan.

What role should films play in society?

Filmmakers should make movies that matter to the public. It doesn’t have to be all serious. It can be commercial but have a strong social message.

Where do you see India 10 years from now?

A developed country in competition with the US, Russia, China and others.

What according to you are the major challenges India is facing?

India is facing a major challenge of finding its own identity.

How does the socio-political scenario impact your art?

The film Wagah, for example, is about a BSF jawan posted in Kashmir. So one can imagine the amount of problems I had to face during shooting and to bring this movie to the fore.

Which books are you reading at present? 

I am not much of a reader. I read whatever is required for my film. I enjoy watching movies though, a lot!

Your message to youngsters?

The youth shouldn’t go down the usual path of engineering, medicine, etc., and branch out and learn what they really love and stick to it.

 

Comments

 

Other News

Five years after Nirbhaya, have things changed?

Far away in the other world, she must be weeping seeing the flames of fire she lit for justice slowly fading. On December 16, 2012, the 23-year-old Delhi woman, better known as Nirbhaya now, was brutally raped. She eventually succumbed to her injuries, but not before triggering a storm acorss the count

Income inequality has rapidly increased: Report

The rise in income inequality has been gradual in India, said the World Inequality Report which noted that at the global level, inequality has risen sharply since 1980, despite strong growth in China. The report said that inequality within world regions varies greatly. In 2016, the share of

BHEL launches coal-fired power project in Indonesia

 BHEL has successfully commissioned a 54 mega watt coal-fired captive power project in Indonesia. The project located at East Kalimantan in Indonesia has been set up by BHEL for PT Citra Kusuma Perdana (PT CKP) for its coal-mining operations.   For the project, B

Five years after Nirbhaya: A lot needs to be done

Have things changed five years after the Nirbhaya incident? I see Delhi as the capital of protest, not just capital of rape as it is often painted. In terms of legislation, in 2013 one-stop-centres were set up after the landmark report of Justice Verma Committee and Justice Usha Meh

Winter session will be productive: Modi

The winter session of parliament is starting and I am confident that it will be productive session, said prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday. He hoped that there is “constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation`s problems”. Speaking

Know more about Project 75

When prime minister Narendra Modi dedicated Kalvari submarine to the nation, it was significant for more than one reason. Not only did the submarine enhance India’s capability as a blue water navy, it also highlighted Project 75 that focused on a major exercise to build six submarines.



Video

Govt. approves draft legislation to ban triple talaq

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter