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    Director Radha Mohan explains why all his films, like the upcoming Uppu Karuvadu, will have an element of comedy

    Everyone who has seenA�Abhiyum NaanumA�remembers the examination preparation scene where Prakash Raj is memorising the name of Alexandera��s horse. Very few of us know that director Radha Mohan encountered the very same question when he wrote a bank exam before turning director. a�?My answer to the question wasA�Panchakalyani, a popular Tamil film a�� no wonder I didna��t make it past the exam,a�? he chuckles adding that he cana��t imagine a career beyond directing and telling stories. Relaxed and in high spirits,A�Mohana��sA�replies are quick and laced with humour as we chat about his new filmA�Uppu KaruvaduA�over masala chai (his favourite) at Amethyst CafA�. Taking it further he says the film is about youngsters who compromise on their dream for small term benefits and about the realisation that it gets them nowhere. a�?I did not realise that the film had a message till I finished it, but a social message has come out beautifully amidst the laugh riot,a�? he smiles. So is that his classic formula since all his films have a strong social message tinged with humour? a�?The audiences seem to label me that way and Ia��m okay with it. I attempted a different genre withA�GauravamA�but it didna��t go too well withA�them.A� Comedy comes naturally to me and I decided to keep that humour very strong in all my films,a�? says Mohan. Conceptualised back in 2012, the film has taken over three years to finish. a�?I intended to do a Malayalam Tamil bi-lingual with Prithviraj Sukumaran but that got pushed, hence the delay, a�? says Mohan adding that the film with Sukumaran is still very much on his list. Reportedly the film will have the Mohanlal-Prithviraj duo.A�As for Uppu Karuvadu, Menon excitedly tells us that Gautham Menon has sung a song for the film, titledA�Pudhu Oru Kanavu. a�?Menon recommended the music director Steve Vatz for the film and he has done a beautiful job,a�? he adds.

    Strong women
    Famous for writing characters and then choosing theA�artistesA�who will fit the roles,A�the film has actor KarunakaranA�and actress Nanditha Shwetha in the lead.A�Co-producedA�under his banner Night Show Cinema, the feature isA�set along the coast of Chennai and has a strong comic cast comprising of MS Baskar, Mayilsamy, Kumaravel, Chams, Narayanan, and Mohan says the film rests on all their shoulders.A�Mohana��s filmsA�are known for their strong female protagonists, be it Jyotika in Mozhi or Trisha in Abhiyum Naanum, and now reportedly Nanditha in the upcoming film.A�a�?ItA�was never conscious, I just like showing my women having a mind of their own,a�? he says stating that from the current crop of films, he finds Jyotikaa��s rendition in 36 Vayathinile extremely appealing.

    Balancing act
    Mohan is all praise for VijayA�Sethupathy andA�Siva Karthikeyan among the new actors in town and hopes to pen a script for them one day. Dhanush remains a big dream. One that hea��s a�?been trying to fulfil for a while,a�? he muses. On a day away from the movies, Mohan keeps himself busy with family and books. a�?I dona��t believe in working late into the night. I want to strike a perfect work balance,a�? heA�shares. His book shelf currently stocks Tamil literature,A�especially works of literary writer Jeyamohan. Talking about the future, Mohan is hoping the remake ofA�MozhiA�with Boney Kapoor actually materialises. a�?We were supposed to have Kajol play Jyotika, and then it was Priyanka. I would even love Kangana Ranaut to play the role, though we are yet to see when it actually happens,a�? he says. The conversation turns to future plans in Tamil and he stares into the distance, admitting that he has a couple of scripts ready, a�?It could be romance, or fantasy but with a strong dose of comedy in it. The rest youa��ll know in due course of time,a�? he signs off.

    Uppu Karuvadu releases next month.

    a��Niranjana Hariharanandanan

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