Mynaa is my dream of 17 years. My first film,
Kannodu Kaanbadellam, was released in 1999.
It took me 17 years to realize my dreams to
create an ideal movie. I needed to do research
before I started off with the movie. I wanted
a village with a landscape that is never shown
in Tamil cinema. In the process, I would have
traveled for around 1200 kilometers in my vehicle
scouting for that village. That’s when
I stumbled upon this village nestled in the
valley surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation
up above Munnar. This place is in Tamil Nadu
and I had to trek five hours to get to that
village. There is no vehicular access to the
village which is only reachable by trekking
through the mountains. It felt like a dream
land for me. I decided that my characters Suruli
and Myna will grow up and fall in love in that
place. It’s a simple love story as simple
as love stories can get. But it’s not
just a movie; it’s filled with indescribable
It took me 17 years to realize my
dreams to create an ideal movie
After watching the movie, Kamal sir spoke to me for
about half hour and it also had the same effect on
my contemporaries. I wanted to break away from the
usual way of storytelling pattern and I think I pulled
it off. The movie is about 2.15 hours and it will
transport the viewer to a different world altogether.
It will stay with the viewer for a long time and I’m
sure that my efforts will prove to be successful.
I have already received good reviews and encouragement.
We heard you
encountered strange incidents while shooting for the
movie. Can you tell us about that experience?
This whole movie itself could be termed as a miracle
for me. I’m a god-fearing person who strongly
believes in Jesus Christ. Sometimes I and the cameraman
have had to descend to dangerous depths to shoot a
perfect frame. I have always found the shots to be
of my satisfaction.
I do not think a remake of this
movie is possible at all
a remake in the cards?
I do not think a remake of this movie is possible
at all. I have recorded the beauty of the hills,
moistness of the air, the clouds and the lush
mountainside and do not think recreating it
is possible at all. So every single day I worked
for this project is impossible to forget. I
have to thank everybody in my team for that.
Every one of them worked hard, carried the equipments
around with very little facilities, and had
little to eat. I have made this film with the
dedication that Hollywood films adopt when they
shoot in Amazon jungles. So Myna is an unforgettable
experience in my career.
are people who think that the climax could have
been different. What do you think about it?
Kamal sir also talked to me about it but I do
not want to change the climax. That is the crux
of the movie, the last few minutes of the movie
is what would create the feel of the entire
movie. So I don’t want to disturb that.
Kamal sir also talked to me
about it but I do not want to
change the climax
Who has more
scope in the movie to perform; the hero or the heroine?
There are no such classifications in my movie. There
are nine characters and this movie is a testimony
of their lives. This is a wholesome movie and there
is scope for everyone to perform. I cannot pick one
above the other in terms of performance.
Can you tell
us something about Imman’s work?
Imman worked as if he was a debutant for Myna. He
dedicated 58 days to work on rerecording, background
and various other aspects of the movie. This is a
musical film. Hats off to him, he’s done a great
job. His job will be evident when you watch the movie.
You will feel the return of the Ilayaraja era after
watching this movie where music played life-support
I’m a still photographer myself. Sukumar, the
cinematographer, is someone who fulfilled my vision
in terms of cinematography for Mynaa.
Any risky shots
you had to do for the movie?
There is a bus accident in the movie, which is very
close to climax. We had to toil for a month to shoot
those scenes. I planned the scenes on a cliff and
during the first schedules; two cranes fell inside
the ravines and could not be retrieved. But we didn’t
deter. We went back and with the help of stuntmen,
the shoots were done. Those scenes will be the highlights
of the movie.
would you categorize Myna?
This is an out-and-out romantic movie. The mood
of love will be existent throughout the movie
as a flavor. I have always received encouragement
from the audience every time I tried out something
I always wanted to tread the unusual to present
my viewers with a different experience and Myna
has enabled me to do that. The movie is releasing
for Diwali, it’s my request that everyone
should watch and enjoy the movie. So, get ready
for a new experience.
The mood of love will be existent
throughout the movie as a flavor
All of you have been listening patiently my experience
about the making of Myna. I thank behindwoods.com
viewers for being with me while I shared my experience.
I wish fans and readers of behindwoods.com a Happy