It is with a bizarre confession that director Sathyan Andhikaat begins this conversation - "I'm selfish", he says. "I want all my films to be good and that's my only selfishness. In all my films, writers play an important role. But when my most favorite writer became a director, I was forced to do the writing by myself in Rasatantram."
What was your most difficult task in Rasatantram?
I was directing a movie with Mohanlal in it after a gap of more than 12 years. That had put me under lot of pressure to make the film a hit. Writing is not an easy task at all. It is easy to stand as an observer and make comments and find faults but writing is about making real characters out of stories that probably never happened before. You're investing crores of rupees when you make films. It isn't easy at all.
Why do you always make village-based films?
I try to say the stories of people and lifestyles that I'm familiar with. It isn't a conscious decision at all to stick to village-based films.