By: Settu Shankar
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The emphatic success of film Paruthi Veeran, won a place for its director ameer in the elite group of creators in Tamil cinema like Mahendiran, Bharathiraaja, Bala and Cheran.
ameer clearly proved a point in that film. Cinema is a medium which is totally controlled by the director. If a hero gets a good creator like ameer, his career graph will always see an upswing. ameer has proved this fact through all his previous films. Why I'm saying this is to explain how the director manages to get the best out of an actor as per the requirement of the script. Take the case of his star selection; when he started his film Mounam Pesiyathey, Surya was not a saleable hero at that time. Fresh treatment, interesting twists, and the unexpected climax rendered by ameer made that film a big hit. After this film Surya's commercial value has increased appreciably.
He selected Jeeva for his second film Raam, who was considered an unlucky actor after 3 consecutive flops. Though Jeeva's father R.B.Choudry is known to be a trend- setter among the producers, he couldn't create any magic to turn around the career of this young man. But ameer did it again for Jeeva through Raam. This film was sent for participation in the film festival held in Cyprus and won the award in the best film category.
ameer's third film was Paruthi Veeran. This time his eyes were searching for a fresh face. When he saw Karthi in Shiva Kumar's house, he named him as Paruthi Veeran and confirmed his role in the film on the spot. Now everybody knows about the stupendous success of Paruthi Veeran. The hero Karthi is one of the busiest heroes in Kollywood at the moment. He has got some Telugu offers also. Now ameer's eyes are fixed on Jayam Ravi.
At present he has two projects in his mind. One is the film Kannabiran. He has planned to can this film lavishly and it is said to be the dream project of the director. However, he is still searching for a suitable hero for the film. Initially he planned to commit Surya for this movie. Surya also conveyed his willingness to act in the same. But soon, differences arose between the two over the release issue of Paruthi Veeran, forcing them to part their ways. Now ameer is looking for a suitable hero according to the script of Kannabiran. Some of his assistants have suggested him the name of Jayam Ravi for Kannabiran. ameer also likes the challenges involved in converting the homely image of the hero Jayam Ravi according to the requirement of his script. He had discussions with the editor Mohan, father of Jayam Ravi, and briefed him about his story.
ameer had sought 6 months of continuous call sheet from Jayam Ravi. But the hero found it to be very difficult amidst his hectic schedule with the film Dham Dhoom and the remake of Bommarilu with his brother Raja. For Jayam Ravi, it is a golden opportunity to prove his talents with an outsider, like director ameer. So he has finally accepted to allot 150 days call sheet to ameer for his new project. But ameer was not satisfied with this limited call sheet. He wants some more days to give the final shape of the screenplay as he wishes it to be. So he has decided to use the call sheet of Ravi for his second project, which is also based on the life of a real hero from a southern village. The director told us that the editor, Mohan, has also accepted this new deal.