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'I was destined to be in Tamil films'

Nadia Moidu was a sensation in both Malayalam and Tamil cinema during her heydays.

When returned after marriage and kids, she was dignity personified. This week, she returns as Daisy, a school correspondent and psychologist in Pattalam.

Director Lingusamy turns producer for Pattalam. Rohan Krishna [see inset] has directed Pattalam, his first feature film. He spoke to Shobha Warrier about how he got to direct Nadia Moidu in his first film for Lingusamy.

So, how did you get to direct Pattalam?

That is a long story. I grew up in Varkala in Kerala where we had three theatres. Watching films had an impact on me -- I wanted to make films. I took lots and lots of pictures with my camera. That brought me to Chennai to study Fine Arts. I think I was destined to be in Tamil films!

I learnt painting and sculpting in college. After that, I joined Adyar Film Institute and learnt screenplay writing and filmmaking. The short film [Parama Padam in Tamil] I made as a student won a National award (in 2002) for debut director.

That, I think was my first step towards directing a feature film. I also made another short film in 2004 (LL Chandru IV B) which was about a little boy who believed that if he kissed a girl, she would become pregnant. It was selected for the Indian Panorama and went to many international festivals. I feel it has been a good beginning for me.

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