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No South Indian actor was ready to play an impotent don: Kumararaja, Aaranya Kaandam director

No South Indian actor was ready to play an impotent don: Kumararaja, Aaranya Kaandam director
Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Aaranya Kaandam is not another gangster film coming from the south, it is a tour de force of cinema. With the perfect mix of style and substance, the debutant director has gone on to create an indigenous and rooted film of the neo-noir genre, which has a universal appeal.

Aaranya Kaandam won the Grand Jury award for Best Film at the South Asian International Film Festival in 2010 and garnered much critical acclaim after its worldwide release in June 2011. Kumararaja talks about the film in a telephone interview with Nandita Dutta:

Tell us about your background.

I enrolled for the Visual Communications Course in Loyola College, Chennai for my undergrad, but I dropped out halfway through. Then I worked as a freelance photographer for newspapers. Later I did a couple of ad-films. I wrote dialogues for the Tamil film Oram Po.

How did it occur to you to
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