Joining the long list of experimental directors, Guhan Senniappan on a new genre and his reverence for Quentin Tarantino
Guhan Senniappan is now staking claim for his spot in the industry amongst the new breed of film makers who are experimenting with new genres and novel means of storytelling. All set to make his directorial debut with Sawaari, the movie promises to be the first of its kind comedy–thriller and road movie.Featuring Benito Franklin, Mathivanan` Rajendran, Karthik Yogi and Sanam Shetty – the characters try to reach their own goals after starting in life together. “Sawaari will create a new trend of road movies, with black humour woven into the narrative. The three main characters, all new talent, were chosen after an audition and I think they have given flawless performances. I am not a director who is rigid but I watch my actors and modify the dialogues based on their body language,“ says the 25-year-old director.
Oddly enough, the Sennia-ppan never set out to be a film maker. “I was never interested in films and my childhood was filled with Japanese Anime, Manga comics, DC comics and loads of cartoons.” But once he started watching movies, he got obsessed soon enough. Hailing from Erode, Senniappan started making short films as part of his course at Loyola College here and ended up participating in the short film reality show, Naalaya Iyakkunar. His film Agam won the second runner up award and he proudly remembers receiving the citation from Kamal Haasan and K Balachander. “I love making short films as I have the freedom to choose the stories that I want to tell and these films cater to a niche audience.” The film went on the win the award for the best short film in the Lohithadas National Short Film Festival and also received a special mention at the Cannes in 2012.“Agam was a stepping stone to the world of Tamil cinema when it brought me my first producer. After listening to the script, he was quite happy and we signed on the dotted line. That was about it.”
“I love Quentin Tarentino and am an ardent fan and follower of his work. I love the way he blends violence and comedy, two extremely different genres and creates dark humour. Pulp Fiction is a Bible for me and helped me understand characterisation and screenplay. In Tamil, I admire the work of Mani Ratnam. One of my favourites is Ayudha Ezuthu for its distinct storytelling style.”Senniappan is currently working on his next film,Kaneer Anjali, a fantasy comedy which deals with the concept of afterlife, featuring Karunakaran, Motta Rajendran and Suza Kumar.
Sawaari is releasing today
— Rahul Dev