While serious action-packed films and thrillers come and go in Kollywood, children-oriented films and films that have children playing pivotal roles have always struck the right chord with the audience. As Children’s Day is celebrated on November 14. We take a look at children-oriented films and speak to their directors, who talk about the joy of working with child artistes.
While serious action-packed films and thrillers come and go in Kollywood, children-oriented films and films that have children playing pivotal roles have always struck the right chord with the audience. From Anjali to Kaaka Muttai, in the last three decades, children’s films have gone on to claim box office success or even garnered critical acclaim.
AL Vijay, who is known for his children-oriented films like Deiva Thirumagal and Saivam, says, “My next film with Prabhudheva too has 10 kids playing important roles. Working with kids is an experience I have always cherished. Not because they entertain you when they are around. But we tend to learn from them. They are good teachers. It is because they don’t act and instead play themselves in front of the camera. I have always enjoyed writing for them or working with them. Though it is quite a task to make them understand and work, it also should be understood that they have no idea about shoots and cameras and wages. Yet they are aware that they need to impress others. Be it Deiva Thirumagal or Saivam, it has been quite an experience.”
Talking about working with kids, Atlee in an interview told us about working with Meena’s daughter Nainika in Theri. “We kept ourselves focussed on Nainika’s compatibility. One of my assistants became good friends with her and explained what had to be done. We had to pamper her with chocolates and bring her into the mood of the unit before she was ready for the shot,” explains the director.
In the last three years, movies like Pasanga 2, Kaaka Muttai and Goli Soda have gone on to become huge successes. Vijay Milton is coming up with the sequel of Goli Soda 2 . “I made Goli Soda with the Pasanga team and there were people who warned me of doing a children’s or teenager-oriented film. But it catered to a wide audience and they were happy with the output. My upcoming film Goli Soda 2 will also be on the same lines,” says Vijay Milton.
He talks about an interesting experience on location he had had with child artistes. “Once we had to wait patiently for hours just because a child actor fell asleep. We had to allow the kid to have full rest and then prepare for the shot. We didn’t want a grumpy kid who wouldn’t cooperate. However, kids know exactly what we need and deliver to the best of their ability.” Smiles Vijay Milton.
Happy Children's Day!
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