Actor, director, producer, distributor and exhibitor Sasikumar the man who changed Tamil cinema with his path breaking critically acclaimed Subramaniapuram (2008) is back. His second directorial venture Easan under his home banner Company
Productions is releasing this Friday.
Sasi made a difference to filmmaking in Kollywood with just three films. In his debut film Subramaniapuram he was actor, director and producer. The film was a trendsetter of sorts as he made the Made in Madurai Masala Mix popular with the new generation of filmmakers. It was followed by Pandiraj directed award winning Pasanga (2009), a children film he produced.
The same year he acted in Nadodigal (2009), where he played hero, with the film being directed by his buddy Samuthirakanni, who debuted as villain in Subramaniapuram.
Nadodigal was a super hit again a trendsetter for making friendship theme popular in Tamil films. Now in Easan there is a role reversal as Samuthirakani turns hero and Sasikumar goes behind the camera and directs.
Q. Why are you not acting in Easan?
It is two years since I directed a film and I thought that Samuthirakani would be ideal for the role of the Assistant Police Commissioner that he plays in the film. It’s a realistic portrayal of a cop completely different from what you have seen in other films. Samuthirakani plays a police officer who is honest and duty bound. He is very good in the film and can adapt to any kind of character.
Q. What is Easan all about?
Easan is my first film set in a big city milieu. All my earlier films as actor, producer or director (Subramaniapuram, Pasanga, Nadodigal) were set in small towns. Easan is about Chennai city. There are 14 characters in the film with newcomers like AL Algappan playing a very important role. Then there is Vaibhav, Abhinaya (Nadodigal fame) and a new girl Aparna, along with a lot of newcomers. Malayalam director, Blessy plays Abhinayaâ€™s father in the film.
Q. Is it true that it is on Chennai’s drugs and night life scene?
Please watch the film releasing on Friday December 17, and then make your inferences.
Q. The music of Easan has not created the kind of buzz like Subramaniapuram.
The music of James Vasanthan is actually rocking the charts. The Jilla Vittu number is very popular on all FM’s. Please note Subramaniapuram music especially the song “Kangal Irandal” became a national anthem only after the release when the visuals were seen on television. Once Easan is released its music too is going to get more popular.
Q. How big is Easan release?
The film is going to release in over 200 screens. The exact count of the number of screens will be known only on the day of the release.