Samuthirakani says he wants to remake his upcoming film Appa in 11 other Indian languages, as he feels that the story has the potential to travel to each and every part of the country.
"It's a subject that should reach everyone. It addresses several important issues and I wish it gets made in 12 languages. In Kannada, I'm already in talks with actor Shiva Rajkumar.
For the Telugu remake, I'm in touch with actor Venkatesh and Nagarjuna. Director Priyadarshan will be watching the film soon and if he likes it, he said he will produce the Hindi version," Samuthirakani told IANS.
Samuthirakani wrote the story of Appa while shooting for director Anbazhagan's Saattai.
"I wanted Anbu (Anbazhagan) to direct 'Appa' too, and I had paid him advance even before the release of 'Saattai'. However, when everything had fallen in place and we were set to start working on 'Appa', Anbu had to assist his mentor Prabhu Solomon on another project unfortunately around the same time," he said.
Samuthirakani then decided to direct and produce the film himself.
"When I told Anbu that I'll direct the film, he was happy with my decision. Instead of hunting for a producer, I decided to fund the film. It was easy to pen the story; however, it took me eleven drafts to lock the final script," he said.
Samuthirakani says he had to face many difficulties while shooting the film.
"When we landed in Neyveli to shoot, we learnt about the storm which had just started in the state. My friends and well-wishers asked me to return to Chennai, but I didn't want to leave without completing the project. Despite initial hindrances, we managed to complete the film in 34 days," the Visaaranai actor said.
Samuthirakani's Appa has been inspired from his real-life incidents, involving his own son.
"The story is about these three fathers and their sons. The first father is the kind of man who identifies his son's hidden talent and nurtures it. The second father chalks out the life of his son even before he is born. The third father tells his son to always lay low and live life without expectations and complications," he said.
"Several scenes are inspired from moments with my son. Since I play one of the fathers, I wrote scenes that have been part of my life. I have also addressed issues we face with our education system and how parents feel high scores are the be all and end all of a successful career," he added.
About working with children, the National Award-winning actor-filmmaker has said, shooting with kids can be easy as well as challenging.
"Working with children was very easy. They understood what I really want. The challenge was to act alongside them because most of them are so natural, they can give a seasoned actor a tough time in front of the camera," he said.
Appa hits the screen this Friday (July 1st).