I used to call Dhanush for inputs: Selvaraghavan on ‘Saani Kaayidham’

Wednesday 11th May 2022 08:41 EDT

Filmmaker Selvaraghavan is a magician behind the camera, however, in front of the lens may just be a whole different deal. In a recent interview, Selvaraghavan revealed the humbling experience he had working on ‘Saani Kaayidham’. He said, “It’s really difficult. My brother (actor Dhanush) used to say that if you come before the camera, you will understand all the difficulties. Then, I never got it. When I started ‘Saani Kaayidham’, I realised how difficult it was to be in that mood. I used to call him every half an hour to take his input. ‘What should I do now? Now, I am bored. Can I read a book between the breaks? He guided me all the time,” the actor-filmmaker revealed.

‘Saani Kaayidham', which is streaming on Amazon Prime Video from May 6 onwards, marks his screen debut. The movie features Selvaraghavan and Keerthy Suresh at the centre of the narration.

Praising Keerthy’s acting prowess, Selva said, “She (Keerthy Suresh) is a phenomenal actress. I was blown over by her performance in Mahanati. She performed really, really well. When Arun told me that Keerthy will also be doing the film, I was thrilled and had so many questions (about Mahanati). She is brilliant in Saani Kaayidham. She is one of the finest actors we have in India right now. It’s a pleasure to watch her perform.”

'Saani Kaayidham' was a steep learning curve for the director as it sort of challenged everything he thought he knew about acting. “I used to act for my actors but it was a totally different thing when I had to memorize lines and say them in front of the camera. Every day was a challenge. I love to learn and after a few days, I got a hang of it and then it became an incredible experience,” he added.

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