With Malai Nerathu Mayakkam, Debutante director Geetanjali Selvaraghavan promises to deliver an important message about relationships, it would deal with a sensitive subject that is often swept under the carpet, “my characters are very real and people you would have probably met in your life. While the issue in focus is serious, we have made the film a bit breezy so that people don’t feel heavy after watching the flick.”
This is the first time Director Selvaraghavan’s script will be directed by another film-maker and Geetanjali tells us that it wasn’t easy to convince her better half, “Initially, he was very reluctant. It was only after seeing the first rush, he was convinced.” Conceived from a male perspective, Geetanjali tells us that Selvaraghavan gave her complete freedom to translate his script according to her point of view. “Don’t expect a 7G Or Kadhael Kondaen, this will not be a Selvaraghavan film, it would be a Geetanjali film.”
Ask her about the challenges in being a female film-maker and she smiles, “we have this prejudice that women directors would do only certain kind of films. But gender can never impact the genre. I think everyone should have the freedom to try everything (irrespective of gender) but again, even this is changing now.”
With two female directors delivering much-anticipated films (Malai Nerathu Mayakkam and Iruthi Sutru) this January, we hope 2016 breaks the gender barriers for our film industry. To new beginnings!