I met Mammukka first as the superstar way back in 2006 on Palunku movie set to narrate Passenger.Passenger did not happen.Thats an old story by now.
I met Mammukka after passenger with Varsham script.It did not happen then as well.Unilke passenger I couldnt think of any other actor who can do justice to venu.So I decided to wait:)
After Punyalan Agarbathis I again felt the urge to make Varsham.I met Mammukka again with the reworked script.He had tears in his eyes more than once in between the narration.Thats how it started.
We had so many meetings preshoot before Varsham.I started discovering the warmth in that person slowly as we started interacting very closely.He was not only that techy, stylish guy that we all know..That was just a periffery.Deep inside there was that wonderful human being with a great heart..a superb film maker,an amazing listener,the man with the best sense of music and screenplay..i can go on and on..The greatest thing about this living legend for me was that there still remains that simple,humble man in him despite being one of the biggest superstars of his times..
Couple of weeks before shoot he sent me a tamil short film.He asked me to see it for once,maybe i can get inspired.I saw it and wrote the Aamir holy water scene.:)The short film was nothing about it but that made me change that scene like that.Orginal scene ended where venu and nandini was in the balcony.Again he amazed me.A star of his stature watches tamil short films!!!
Shoot was a joy.The man was a pleasure.There was the mammukka who waited for me until 3 pm without lunch so that I can join him after my shots for a home cooked lunch from his home.There was the mammukka who changed my perspective to listening,reading and watching movies.There was the mammukka who made me think on the screenplay more and more making it more engaging.There was the mammukka,a great film maker.
He affected me in best ways a person can.Before shoot I normally talk to my wife for 2 mins on phone.Post shoot I started talking for atleast 15 mins.I started spending more time with my kids.He reminded me on my sons birthday to specifically take him to a chinese restaurant.No one could persuade me to join a gym so far but he gave me the most tempting reason.It increases your confidence man:)
Varsham will remain the dearest movie to me just for Mammukka.
It was a privilege knowing you Mammukka:)
Salute and Hats off..!!!