Fantasy films not bound by language: Puli director Chimbu Deven

  • IANS, Chennai
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2015 16:10 IST
Director Chimbu Deven’s new Tamil film Puli stars Vijay, Sridevi, Sudeep, Shruti Haasan and Hansika Motwani. (PuliMovie/Facebook)

The biggest advantage of making a fantasy film is that one is not bound by any language barrier given its character. They can appeal to everybody and across all age groups, feels Puli director Chimbu Deven.

The director says the biggest advantage of making fantasy films is that they don’t have a language barrier and can easily appeal to everybody across all age groups.

“With great visuals, fantasy films can appeal to everybody. I strongly believe that language is never a barrier when it comes to such films. Puli is not just for Vijay fans but it’s targeted at everybody, from kids to older folks,” said Deven.

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Puli, which features Vijay, Shruti Haasan, Sridevi and Hansika Motwani in the lead roles, is tipped to be a high-budget fantasy drama set against the backdrop of an ancient kingdom.

The film releases in cinemas on Thursday in Telugu and Hindi as well.

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Deven wonders why fantasy films are rarely made nowadays.

“Tamil cinema was known for some of the best fantasy films. I don’t understand why we’ve stopped making them. In the last few years, Telugu filmdom explored this genre quite well. I hope Puli gives Tamil filmmakers the confidence to make more such films,” he said.

A cartoonist by profession, the director says the experience helped him in the making of Puli.

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“Even before I wrote the script, I visualised key scenes in sketches. This helped me in explaining to my art director and VFX supervisor what exactly I was looking from them. It made all our work much easier,” he said.

On working with superstar Vijay and veteran actress Sridevi, he said that their presence hugely benefited the movie.

“With such stars on board, the market value of a film certainly goes up. I wrote this film for Vijay, and I wouldn’t have done it if he wasn’t interested. When I narrated the script to Sridevi, she was so excited that she immediately wanted to be part of the project,” he added.

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