Debutant director Sujeeth, who is awaiting the release of forthcoming Telugu movie Run Raja Run, says he was never concerned about his age before entering films as he firmly believes talent is the deciding factor for survival in the industry. His romantic action entertainer is set to release in theatres this Friday.
Sujeeth is currently busy promoting Run Raja Run. In an interview to IANS, the director said, "I started making short films since I was 17. I never felt I was too young to make films. When I finally landed an opportunity to make a feature film, I realised talent is all you need to be in the industry and age never concerned me."
The debutant director added, "My age was of concern for some people around me in the industry. While the creative unit of my film realised that I possess some talent and, therefore, I've been chosen to direct a film, the production unit was envious of my position. But all that changed as we started working as a team."
In fact, Sujeeth, who has a film degree from LV Prasad Film and TV Academy, was supposed to make his directorial debut at 22. He said, "I was signed on to direct a Telugu film at 22. One week before the start of the film's shooting; it was shelved for various reasons. I didn't let it affect me and I went back to making short films. I have made over 30 short films in my career so far."
Sujeeth says working on short films helped him to be a better director. He added, "Short films nurtured the director in me. When studying in LV Prasad Film Institute, we would be asked to make short films on a limited budget, time and a few cameras. That experience had come in very handy on this film's production department." Continue to slide to read Sujeeth interview to know what he has to say about Run Raja Run.