Actor Ganesh Babu turns director with Yamuna

Remember actor Ganesh Babu, who did small but significant roles in films such as Bharathi, Cheran’s Autograph, Radhamohan’s Mozhi and Mitran Jawahar’s Kutty?  The actor with an affable nature has turned director with a film titled Yamuna.  A meet-the-press event was organized by the makers of Yamuna at the Prasad Labs premises in Chennai, which has of late become a popular venue for film-related functions.

Actor Ganesh Babu turns director with Yamuna

Sathya, who learned the nuances of acting under the aegis of veteran film-maker Balumahendra by studying at his school of acting, debuts as the hero in Yamuna.  Sathya is pitted against Sriramya, a popular heroine from Tollywood, who would also be making her debut as heroine in Tamil films.  It may be noted that the talented Sriramya has won the prestigious Nandi award from the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.

Others in the lead are Aadukalam Naren and Engeyum Eppodhum Vinodhini.  The film has music by Ilakkiyan while Vairamuthu has penned all the songs.  Chidambaram is the cinematographer while Lenin is the ditor.  Gayathri Raghuram and ‘Kadhal’ Kandhas are the dance choreographers of the film which has been shot widely in and around Thanjavur, Tiruchy and Kumbakonam.

“I hail from an agriculatural family in Thanjavur.  I joined Ilaiyabarathy, who made Thenpandi Singam, as an assistant director who made me act in films.  Audience seems to accept a director turning a hero/actor but when an actor turns a director, so many questions are hurled at him.  I’m aware of the criticism that might come in my way and have taken extreme care in filming all the sequences in the film.

“The film deals with the basic foundations which form our lives.  Each man needs food, shelter, clothing, education and medicine for his survival.  When he is made to depend on others for the above, he is forced to do anything to continue to get them.  The film is about those selfish creatures who continue to exploit the common man,” concludes Ganesh Babu.

Published On : Sep 12, 2012

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