He spoke to Oneindia's Prakash Upadhyaya about Charulatha, Priyamani, his challenges etc. Here are the excerpts from the interview:
Your father Dwarkish was a great actor-filmmaker and has given some of the biggest hits of all time under your banner. Isn't it a challenge for you to carry forward the legacy left behind by your father?
Absolutely, there is no doubt about it. My father has achieved a lot in this industry. There is a burden of expectation from audience and it is huge responsibility for his children to carry forward the legacy. I will never claim that we would match his standards. But we will give our best and Charulatha is a right step in the right direction.
What are all the criteria that you consider before giving nod to a film?
For me it is a personal thing. Every producer will look at it in his own angle. There is something called his cup of tea. For example, I can't make raw movies like Gangs of Wasseypur. The dark subjects are unknown to me. I am a person, who is brought up with the films of Subhash Ghai, Prakash Mehra, Yash Chopra, etc., I love to make such films. Keeping it in mind, I try to give something new in my films.
Did you ever feel that you were taking a chance by opting for a female-oriented subject?
The cinema business itself is risky. Everything in life is a risk. There is no guarantee that if I do a masala film, my movie will do good business. You can ask any filmmaker, they will give you the same answer. Being in a creative field, we have to make attempts to give something new within our limits.
What made you to produce Charulatha? Is it the trust on the abilities of director P Kumar or the confidence in the script?
Firstly, it is the script. Secondly, the concept of the movie and number three the trust on P Kumar who has given me a hit movie in Only Vishnuvardhana.
Unlike other filmmakers, you are not hesitant to admit that your have done a remake film!
My father was called the Remake Raja of Kannada. He made a lot of remake films in his career and we have always admitted it. Normally, when someone gets inspired by international cinema, they hardly give credit to them nor do they take rights. It may be because reaching them for rights is difficult and those movies never release in India. So, there was not any necessity. But today with the advent of technologies, the whole world has become a global village. So, it is better to acknowledge that we have taken inspiration from so-and-so person. People and media will also appreciate it. I believe, we have set an example for other filmmakers, who are inspired by international films, to give credit to original writers.
You have worked with P Kumar in back-to-back films. What is the reason behind asking him to direct Charulatha?
His work in Only Vishnuvardhana had impressed me a lot. P Kumar is the person, who is open to the ideas given by actors, colleagues, and the production house. He is not a rigid man. These qualities made me to decide that he would be the right person to helm this project too. Today, once again he has delivered what he had narrated me before. The adaptation he made from the original Thai film has to be appreciated and the result is there to see on-screen. He has also got excellent co-operation from technical team like music director Sundar C Babu, editor Donmax, and cinematographer Panner Selvam. We need such kind of visionaries.