vishnuVishnu Vardhan’s Exclusive Interview

Tamil film director Vishnuvardhan Kulasekaran, made 6 films in the southern movie industry, including an impressive debut in Telugu films with the Power star Pawan Kalyan-starrer “Panjaa” produced by Shobu Yarlagadda of Arka Media and Nilima Tirumalsetti of Sanghamitra Arts.

The director, who has a style of his own, is also interested to work in Malayalam and Kannada movies if he comes across good projects.  “It is always nice to get into different audiences,” Vishnuvardhan told in an interview. For the director Super hit Tamil films like “Arinthum Ariyamalum”, “Pattiyal” and “Billa”. “Generally movies will have no language. A movie speaks for itself. A director’s work remains the same everywhere and it is only the language that changes,” he said. Vishnuvardhan worked for six to seven years in Mumbai and had plans to enter Bollywood. He is satisfied with the response that “Panjaa” received since its release. This action thriller has several non-Telugu stars like Jackie Shroff, Sarah Jane Dias and Anjali Lavania. “I always wanted to make a Telugu film. I was excited making it and today I am proud of this film,” said Vishnuvardhan. “I can understand Telugu as it is my mother tongue,” said the director. “There are little cultural differences between Tamil and Telugu. A movie maker has to understand the sensibilities of audiences,” he added when asked how different it was for him to direct a Telugu movie. Sharing his experiences of working with Pawan Kalyan, who is a powerful name in southern filmdom, the director said he enjoyed it. “When we generally work we don’t look at that (the star’s image). I know his magnitude and the massive fan-following he enjoys but when I met him I found him a humble and simple person,” he said.

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