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With elements of drama

I had taken many cues from Thiruvalluvar. Whenever I am confronted with problems, I read the Thirukkural, says director V. Sekar

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HE IS better known for his low-budget movies focussing on problems of the middle-class people and related social issues. His plot structure is generally simple with interesting knots. The clarity and simplicity of his films had earned an appreciation from theatre critics. His narrative technique suits more the genre of drama than films. But it has its own fans too.

Guess the film director? It might be a bit difficult. For, there are at least four directors, belonging to different generations, falling in line. But he is the last arrival in this class of directors. Yes. You're right. He is none other than the director of some low-budget hits, V.Sekar.

His `Pondatti Sonna Kettukanum' and `Varavu Ettana, Selavu Patthana', ran to full houses in many theatres for over 100 days.

"Portraying middle class issues needs some courage and only matured minds can touch this subject casually. Further it is a highly sensitive area and one can't get away with any misguidance for there would be widespread discontentment against the movie and the director. Hence, doing films on the problems of the middle class society is not that easy," says V.Sekar.

"Subjects focussing on lower class or upper class are not so tough, for the storyline could concentrate on their routine way of life. Both the classes are more worried about their economy than any other problems. For the lower section of the society, the struggle to make both ends meet would be the prime problem whereas for the upper class society the sustained effort to double what they have in abundance is more important than anything," he says.

"In between these two societies lie the middle class people. They knew the life style of both the lower and upper class people and for them the dream of becoming an upper class citizen is paramount. But, they would be a lot more bothered about the culture and society than the other two sections. They also bridge the gap between the lower and upper class societies," says the director.

"For a film maker, the scope for experimentation of ideas is more when they take up a subject on people living in middle class society," he says.

His screenplay writing is well known in the filmdom. It is as clear as a brook. It may have many swift turns but the clarity of the subject captivates the audience. In focussing on family sentiments, he has the traits of K.Gopalakrishnan and Visu.

"I follow my alma mater K.Bhagyaraj in writing screenplay. As you know, Bhagyaraj is one of the pioneers in screenplay writing. In filming low budget movies I follow K.Balachander," says Mr.Sekar.

After K.Balachander, Mr.Sekar was the one to have the emblem of Thiruvalluvar on his banner.

He even named his film company, `Thiruvalluvar Kalai Koodam' after the great poet. For, he believes Thiruvalluvar was the first one to write a lot about family ethics.

"I had taken many cues from Thiruvalluvar. Whenever I am confronted with problems, I read `Thirukkural' to find out solutions for the problems. Thiruvalluvar had made in-depth analysis of the middle class problems and had also offered solutions. Though the poet relies more on morality, the solutions offered by him are never questioned," says Mr.Sekar.

"I do a lot of experiments in my movies and I cannot expect any other producer to agree with me. Hence, I direct films produced only by my company," he says.

At present, he is busy with the production of a film called `Eh', directed by A.Venkatesh and the star cast includes Sharath Kumar. "I am planning to do a love subject and working on it," he informs.

Impressed by the ideals of the great poet, now the director has started Thiruvalluvar Narpani Mandrams statewide to carry out a lot of welfare measures to the needy.

"My visit to Madurai was to participate in the anniversary function of the Madurai unit of Thiruvalluvar Narpani Mandram. Through this unit we have distributed note books and uniforms," says Mr.Sekar.

T.SARAVANAN

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