did you get inspiration for the story line of Aparichitudu?
I used to get disturbed by small incidents in life that lead
to social apathy and self indiscipline. When I went abroad,
I noticed how fast the other countries are growing. I opined
that the social apathy is the main hindrance to the growth
of our country. That is the prime reason why I made Aparichitudu.
We Indians should have self discipline.
made Oscar Ravi Chandran to put faith in such a subject?
Oscar Ravi Chandra approached me once and asked me to make
a film for him. He did not want to know what the subject and
who would act in it. He just wanted to make a memorable film
with me. That is how Aparichitudu happened.
have done powerful social message oriented films like Gentleman,
Bharateeyudu and Oke Okkadu. Did you find any influence of
your films on the society?
The films I made were part of small contribution I made to
society. Changes in society do not happen overnight. It takes
years of continuous efforts from all angles for the society
and system to change.
seem to be alternating yourself between social subjects and
love subjects. Don't you want to do any other kind of films?
After Oke Okkadu film I wanted to do a science fiction film
called Robo. This film needs a huge budget of 30 - 35 crores.
This film need to be made on all major Indian languages to
recover its cost. We could not go ahead and do that project
due to huge costs involved. I want to do all kinds of films
- children, devotional, animation etc.
you prepare Aparichitudu script by keeping Vikram in mind?
For me it is the script that comes first. After finishing
the script, I look out for the right actor who could do justice
to the script. Likewise, Vikram was chosen after I finalized
heard that you tried Multiple Personality Disorder concept
subject for Rajnikant, in which he would play cop and murderer.
Why was not it materialized?
I did not work out the full script. It was just the basic
storyline. After narrating it to Rajnikant, we felt that audience
might not accept Rajni having mental problem.
film Boys got your image down? What do you think has gone
wrong with Boys?
Boys was a good film. But audience did not expect Shankar
to make Boys. If some other director were done Boys, it would
have become a blockbuster.
you think songs of Aparichitudu are not up to expectations?
I am happy with the songs.
are rumors about you directing son of Chiranjeevi?
I do not know.
are making films on social issue. Are you a good citizen on
Yes. I do my tax properly. I am consciously trying to be a
good citizen. After making Aparichitudu, I am trying to be
a good social human being.
do always portray Brahmins as the heroes in your films?
For the character of Aparichitudu I need a man with long hair
as I show Aparichitudu character through the long hair he
posses. We do have long-haired men in Ayyars, Ayyangars and
Sardarjis. I tried Ayyars for Gentleman. I can't have Sardarji
as hero in a South Indian film. Hence I went for an Ayyangar
is the reason behind picking up the concept of Multiple Personality
The concept of MPD intrigued me. In the character of Ramu
there are two frustrations. 1st frustration is about not able
to punish the wrong doers. The second frustration is about
not being able to express his love to his neighbor girl. The
characters of Aparichitudu and Remo were born out of those
you think attempting films like Aparichitudu is risky because
they might end up being documentaries?
If you say Aparichutudu as documentary, then Bharateeyudu
and Oke Okkadu are bigger documentaries. But they ended up
being blockbusters as people identified themselves with the
social issues those films presented.
is the reason behind taking Sada?
I wanted to cast Simran for this role. But she was already
married by then. Then I saw Sada and fixed on her.
is your next project?
I am still in the hangover of Aparichitudu. After a few months
I will decide about next film.
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