October 13, 2010 12:28:31 PM IST Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
Cinema still is one of the greatest levelers in terms of providing the opportunity, though families have started to dominate the proceedings all over, manifest from the award conferred in the National Awards category to Pandiraj for his Tamil film PASANGA. PASANGA is his debut film that won him the best film in Tamil for the year 2009. Pandiraj's story indeed is the story that is steeped in romanticism, struggle, personal loss, but overriding consideration being the self-belief in the self and it is this self belief that paved the way for him to earn the National Award.
Incidentally, PASANGA also won two other national awards, they being for Best Child Actor and best dialogue, which again was written by Pandiraj.
His dreams of being associated with the world of cinema were kindled when he got the job to be a security guard at a film studio, the studio being famous AVM of Chennai. Subsequently he became an office boy in a Tamil weekly which is brought out by renowned Tamil filmmaker K. Bhagyaraj. From there on his film journey started when he joined director Cheran as his assistant.
The script which won Pandiraj the best film award incidentally was rejected by 13 producers, before M. Sasikumar gave him the green signal to go ahead and realize his dream and indeed he was able to realize it with aplomb. It incidentally is a film which is all about children and their quest to follow their dreams and the film is also studded with inspiring quotes from former Indian President Prof. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
When one situates the story around his surroundings and includes the signposts of his growing phase, the end result is a product that is shot through and through with passion. Same is the case with PASANGA which was shot in Pandiraj's village.
Probably, the film could become such a great hit as it did not have actors but the performers were common people picked up by the director from his village. As it was their story, the actors could relate it to it in a much better manner and gave consummate performance.
It is directors like Pandiraj, who still believe that cinema is a narration of a story and its accentuating feature is performance which the common man rather than an actor is able to deliver in a much better manner as he has lived the part so he can slip into that role with a much consummate ease. While actors are required to sell the film, if the content is planned in a professional manner even commoners can make the film a super hit, and Pandiraj's case is a shining example of this kind.