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A Chat With Jeeva

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By: Shankar
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Discussion with the cameraman turned director Jeeva, even if that is for a short duration is very enlivening. His awareness of the current affairs as well as the spirit of youngsters is indeed amazing. Despite being busy as a cameraman in Tamil and Hindi, he has also tried his luck as a 'director' in a few movies. After having narrated the pleasures and pains of the youth through 12 B and Ullam Ketkume he leaped forward to the next step.

Shankar and Jeeva went on to have an open discussion with Jeeva speaking about his movies, and themes that he depicts through them. Over to Jeeva....

The film Unnale... Unnale... is a film depicting entirely the attitude of the youngsters. Love starts only from friendship. There won't be problem until they are friends. Flexibility will be there. When it transforms into love it will disappear and the storyline starts at this point.

In general, men experience love at the first sight itself. But it is not so in case of women. After knowing a person and in case the wavelength coincides, then they would express their love. The only common thing between a man and woman is love. I have made the film Unnale...Unnale... in an enjoyable manner according to the latest trend. The story begins in Chennai and goes on so until the interval. The locale of the remaining half of the film shifts to Australia. Vinay makes his debut as a hero with this film along with Sadha and Thanisha, sister of Kajol as heroines. Choreographer Raju Sundaram also plays an important role in the film.

Your stories depict the foreign culture?
No, in 12 B, the hero is an ordinary person who travels to office by bus. The story line was presented in a different pattern. Rest of the story takes place in common middle class families. Take for example, Ullam Ketkume wherein only Shyam who hails from a rich family is seen roaming about in the car. All the other characters belong to ordinary middle class families.

Why are you not exploring subject matters other than love?
The lives we lead is not for sitting in a corner and crying, it is meant for enjoying. I am jovial and happy as far as possible and my creations are also of that sort.

In short, Jeeva gives 100% guarantee that his films are enjoyable for two and half hours.

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