thereâ€™s a big hatred out there, towards certain people. Like this whole controversy about Ilaiyaraja and AR Rahman, because Iâ€™m GRLQJDÂżOPZLWK5DMDVLU,PHDQVHULRXVO\" Who are you to sit in a room and talk about OHJHQGVOLNH,ODL\DUDMDDQG$55DKPDQ"7R compare them is really unfair. After a time, I decided that there wasnâ€™t any point in reading these and responding to them. Because these are frustrated, jobless people. And they do all sorts of stuff, sitting in their dark rooms, in front of a computer. It really doesnâ€™t matter. This is a very small community, which reaches out to a small section of people. Internet penetration itself is very low in India. And even among those, there are very few people who actually browse and comment. I mean, how jobless would you have to be to DFWXDOO\FRPPHQWRQDWUDLOHU"+RZPDQ\ times have you or I commented on a trailer ZHÂśYHVHHQ",IZHVHHVRPHWKLQJRQOLQH we like it and move on. We donâ€™t sit and comment on it. Itâ€™s just not done.
directors. First, we need to establish a banner â€“ and thatâ€™s not going to be easy. I mean, WKHÂżUVWWKUHHÂżOPVGLGQÂśWDFWXDOO\PDNH much money for us. But weâ€™re trying. Weâ€™re DFWXDOO\FRPLQJRXWZLWKWZRÂżOPVWKLV year. Apart from our own Yohan, there will EHWZRRUWKUHHPRUHÂżOPVQH[W\HDUÂą,ÂśYH actually asked a couple of big directors to do something for us. (Pause) Itâ€™s been ten years in the industry and itâ€™s high time we gave something back to it...
Isnâ€™t there some talk about a TV series with Parthepan? Yes â€“ weâ€™re starting it in a monthâ€™s time. Weâ€™re doing a series of episodes based on a central character who happens to be a cop. It is set in Chennai and is about crime in the city and how cops handle it. Itâ€™s also an emotional story about a cop who is a widower and with a daughter. Itâ€™s going to be very interesting. And itâ€™s going to have music by AR Rahman, incidentally. 7KDWÂśVDÂżUVWLVQÂśWLW"%ULQJLQJ$55DKPDQ WRWKHVPDOOVFUHHQ"+RZGLIÂżFXOWZDVLWWR manage it? Oh, he was perfectly okay with it. Didnâ€™t take any convincing at all, because he said, â€˜We really should improve the quality of programmes on TV. Television is so bad; we must do something to better itâ€™. It will be like the one hour episodes, hopefully Monday to Friday. Whatâ€™s your journey been like, as a producer? Itâ€™s a journey thatâ€™s just begun, actually. We know weâ€™ll come around and do much better ÂżOPV+RSHIXOO\ZHÂśOOPDNHPRUHPRQH\ DQGSXWWKDWEDFNLQWKHÂżOPV:HKDYHEHHQ meeting a lot of people. Now that youâ€™ve PDGHÂżOPVDQGDQDPHIRU\RXUVHOISHRSOH ZDQWWRPDNHÂżOPVIRU\RX$OOWKHELJ GLUHFWRUVZDQWWRPDNHÂżOPVIRUWKHPVHOYHV and we want to work with smaller, new
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