Award winning Malayalam director Adoor Gopalakrishnan refuses to accept that he only makes art films.
"I'm in the middle of a mainstream movie so it is wrong to say that I only make art films. This is an absolutely wrong statement," Adoor told reporters here Thursday after the preview of his movie Oru Pennun Randu Annum.
This is Adoor's 11th film, which has four separate chapters, each based on independent short stories written by master storyteller late Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.
"The central theme about crime, which is narrated in different contexts and situations, progresses from one to the other and it is complete when one sees the last chapter. From the response that I have received, the story is just not relevant to Kerala, it has a universal appeal," said the 69-year-old.
Film's leading actors, who were also present there, were all praise for their director.
Character artiste and popular comedian Jagadeesh, who plays a lawyer in the film, was also present there. He said that Adoor is a perfectionist.
"The discipline that is there on Adoor's set is unimaginable and his greatness is that he never makes any adverse comments on one's acting style. He is a total perfectionist in all aspects of filmmaking," said Jagadeesh.
M.R. Gopakumar and Ravi Vallathol, who are playing important roles in the film, also said the director gives absolute freedom to his actors.