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Pattiyal: Toast of the town

What do you think might have worked for Pattiyal?

Honestly, I donít know what people like and what they do not. I have no clue about what they expect. What may have worked in favour of the film is, I think, our honesty. The entire unit worked as a team, and there were no ego clashes on the sets although we had two heroes -- Arya and Bharath. There were no negative vibes at all on the sets. Because we made the film straight from the heart, it worked. As the entire unit was around the same age, we had fun. I would say making films is my hobby and I get paid for it.

Was making films your dream even when you were young?

Though my family has nothing to do with films, my brother and I used to act, dance and participate in all activities while in school. So, when Mani Ratnam wanted some children for Anjali, my school suggested our names. It was fun shooting for the film.

I had no idea about whether I would be directing films or acting in them some day but, at that age itself, I knew I would be in films. Mani Ratnam told me to concentrate on my studies first, and decide later on what I wanted to do. I decided to study visual communications and photography at Loyola College. While studying in college, Santosh Sivan called me to act in his film Terrorist. When I told him I wanted to assist him in direction, he agreed. After Terrorist, I assisted him in Mumbai for Malli, Fiza, all his ad films and music videos, that is, till Asoka.

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