Ravi Udyawar, the director of the Sridevi starrer 'Mom' speaks about working with the veteran actress, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and why he believes the film will strike a chord with audiences across languages and sensibilities.
After over 150 commercials and two decades in the field of design and advertising, illustrator and ad filmmaker Ravi Udyawar is gearing up for the release of his first feature film Mom . However, there is a sense of calm and confidence as we speak to Ravi, who has been on a whirlwind tour promoting his film. "Mom has been an exciting journey. Having got the opportunity to work with Sridevi ma’am and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in my first film is a blessing and huge honor," says Ravi over phone from Mumbai.
Mom also marks Sridevi’s 300th on-screen outing. It must’ve been a lot of pressure considering he has the responsibility of directing Indian cinema’s first female superstar in a milestone project. "It means a lot to me. I hope we’ve done justice to her illustrious career. The best thing about her is that even after five decades in the industry, she approaches every scene with 100 percent commitment and honesty. It’s something we can all learn from. It’s such a motivating factor," muses Ravi about the film that also stars actor Akshaye Khanna in a pivotal role.
"We all know what these three actors are capable of. They are thorough professionals and despite having had such successful careers, not once did I feel intimidated or apprehensive about putting forward the way I wanted the scenes. They are director’s actors," Ravi adds about working with the talented star cast.
Mom will release in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Interestingly, Sridevi has dubbed for herself in all four languages. "Sridevi ma’am was the obvious choice when I wrote the screenplay. With her universal appeal and Boney ji’s (Boney Kapoor, the film’s producer) support, we decided to release it in all major languages. Also, considering the subject of the film, which is centred on a mother-daughter relationship, I don’t think anyone could’ve done a better job. I’m sure it will strike a chord with audiences everywhere," he says with confidence.
iFlicks wishes Ravi Udyawar the best for his directorial debut.