No creative compromises with Vijay Sethupathi starrer Orange Mittai: Biju Vishwanath
The award winning filmmaker has made nine American films, several short films in foreign languages and has also won international awards. His film Deja Vu was the only other Indian film, apart from Lagaan, to make it to the Locarno Film Festival.regional movies Updated: Dec 30, 2014 17:44 IST
Filmmaker Biju Vishwanath who is making his Tamil directorial debut with Orange Mittai said he went about making his film without any creative compromises. It did not matter that Vijay Sethupathi is a big star. Incidentally, Sethupathi is also the producer of the film.
"Vijay and I teamed up to make a good film. We've made Orange Mittai on a very creative level without any compromises. He never let his stardom intervene in the filmmaking process," said Vishwanath.
"There are two kinds of actors. Good actors and intelligent actors. I think Vijay belongs to the second type; hence it's very easy and creatively satisfying to work with him. I had a wonderful experience," he added.
The award winning filmmaker has made nine American films, several short films in foreign languages and has also won international awards. His film Deja Vu was the only other Indian film, apart from Lagaan, to make it to the Locarno Film Festival.
He also has one film each in Malayalam and Sinhala to his credit.
Biju and Vijay, who had known each other for quite a while, had planned to work together a few years ago.
"I had known Vijay even before he became an actor. We were to do this project five or six years ago but we couldn't find a producer. It's one of the reasons why Vijay decided to produce this film on his own because we wanted to make a film that'll make us happy," he added.
Biju describes Orange Mittai as a 'bittersweet' comedy.
"It's not a road film as its being speculated. It's the journey of three characters in an ambulance, but not the entire film. It's basically about the relationship of a father and son," he said.
"It's about these two guys working in an ambulance. They have to take care of an old man, played by Vijay, who is really tough to handle. What happens between these characters forms the crux of the story," he added.
Having predominantly made international films, Biju didn't find working in a regional film challenging.
"I think every film will have a set of challenges, which are internal part of the filmmaking process. It could be the budget or weather and so on. Otherwise, I didn't find anything more challenging. I'm lucky to have found a supporting actor and producer," he said.
Currently in post-production phase, Orange Mittai, which also features Ramesh, Arumugam, Jayaprakash and Aswitha in important roles, is slated for release next year.
First Published: Dec 30, 2014 17:44 IST