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11th August 2009, 08:53 PM
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Finally our first celebrity chat begins. Ranjith Sankar is here with you to answer all your questions.....


My questions-

1. Did you leave your engineering career completely to enter into cinema field? What will be your advice if some engineers here want to join the field? Do they have to quit their job and completely concentrate on this?

2. Are you a believer or an athiest? Do you believe 'LUCK' is a valid factor in one person's film field entry and career after that?
1.No I still work.Was on leave while making passenger.
Well its a decision an individual has to take.What did was I took a job which gave me a chance to be in kochi where most of malayalam cinema was happening,so that i can be in touch.
Past 5 years I tried to make sure I did something which took the project atleast one step forward.Forget days months and years passed without nothing happening.
When I get frustrated what I used to do was to give job interviews at some of the top MNCs.I made sure I cleared them everytime.Refusing those financially tempting offers somehow rejunanated my spirits everytime to take the dream forward.

2.I believe in destiny.And fortune favours the brave.




1. Cinema mohangal(abhinayam, assistant direction etc)umaayi nadakkunna palarum ee foruthil undu. Avarkkaayi kazhiyunna enthenkilum sahayam cheyyaan thaankal thayyaraavumo?

2. Pala ideas/kathakal manassilundaayittum enthu kondu aadyathe padamaayi passengerine thiranjeduthu?

3. Cinemayile super thaara idapedalukale kurichu palarum paraathi paranju kettittundu? Ithu ethra maathram seriyaanu? Enthenkilum anubhavam? Dileep enna super tharam enganeyayirunnu?
1.No.Its not professional to hire people for cinema just based on aquaintances..Those Who have real passion will find their own way.I will be happy to help such guys , in whatever ways i can.

2.It was not like chosing the best among the stories I had.I felt there was no meaning to my life if I did not make passenger at this point of time.That feeling was genuine and belive it reflected in the movie.I never thought about any other script for the past many years since passenger started to grow on me.

3.Dileep was fantastic.Very sensible,asks the right questions.I guess superstardom is a very responsible position.All these are very special guys to remain there.
Interference is not the right word.Its creative contribution and discussions.Its only healthy for cinema if done in the right spirit.



Newcomersine maathram vechu kondoru cinema edukkan thayaarano?
Defenitely,if there is a script I strongly feel like making which demands newcomers.




1) Aadyam direct cheyyunna cinemayude kadhayum thirakkadhayum swanthamayi ezhuthanamenna aagrahamundayirunnathu kondano, atho mattullavarude kadhayum thirakkadhayum kettittu ishtappedathathu kondano thankal 'Passenger' enna cinema swanthamayi ezhuthiyathu?

2) Ini direct cheyyunna cinemakalkku swantham thirakkadha mathrame upayogikkukayullo?
1.I am basically a writer.I became a director coz I realised cinema is a directors medium and I would need to direct if i wanna make the kind of movies I want.

2.I guess so.But u can never predict the future:)I dont know If i have the ability to direct someone elses script.




1)Innu Passenger kanumbol what are 2 things that you feel you should have done differently?...I am sure there might be more than 2 but the most important 2 points that you feel would have had an impact on the overall movie?

2) If you feel the need to cast a newcomer in any of the roles for your forthcoming movies, how do you go about doing it? This answer would really help aspiring people understand the process of approaching you.

1.I guess it will take some more time to judge passenger like that for me.I am pretty happy when I see passenger right now.Probably I wud have done the animation better.

2.If its for a lead role,maybe a talent hunt.If its a small role,tell my production manager and associate:)




1. How did you get a chance to talk to Sreeni when u had Passenger's oneline done?

2. As a writer what were the scenes which Sreeni put forward if at all he had made any interference as a writer.

3. How much support do you promise for the cine aspirers here?
1.Lal jose introduced me to him.

2.Sreenivasan is a true genius,a master film maker.Discussing this script with him in itself was a great learning experience.If Ihave to say a scene,the police chase in the 2nd half was his suggestion to make it more racy.

3.Already answerd.


My Questions

1) Do you think that our young actors are not getting utilised well by today's film-makers ?

2) What is your message for the aspiring film-makers before coming into this field from your experiences?

3) Tell us more about your family...
1.Its ont a question of utilisation.You cant make a film to make sure that a great talent is underutilised.U need a subject and character that inspires u to cast someone.I see a change this year,i think we are gonna see more and more young movies in the future.

2.Have true passion.If its fake u will fail.

3.My wife smitha is an It professional.2 kids tara in UKG and tarun 1.5 yrs old.




1. A movie like passenger which thinks in a different track than malayalam cinema has been thinking so far is truly a risk for a producer. It can click, it can bomb. But there are fairly safe routes also which a director-producer-actor combo normally takes.

What/who gave you the courage to take the riskier route.

2.Are you satisfied with the BO performance of Passenger. If not, did you feel at any point of time that you should have settled for a more safer approach than radical thinking?

3.Passenger and A wednesday shares a common theme to a large extent. I know that you were ready with your script way b4 Wednesday happened.
However did the similarity worry you?
Have you watched A Wednesday?
Did it bring about any changes in your script knowingly/unknowingly?

4. We have directors like Roshan Andrews who wait endlessly for their dream project to materiaise. They are not worried about the time which they lose at the peak of their career.

Do you think that is a 100% right approach?. For eg, u made passenger in 2009. If you come out with the next in 2011 or late 2010, dont you feel that you lose out the milaege created by your first work?.

5. How has life changed in the industry after passenger? Have people who treated you silly before started to listen to you? Please share under conditions of anonymity.
1.My mind.I felt there was nothing more important in my life.The dream was to make it,wudnt have mattered how it fared actually.Even if I made it and kept in my bedroom i wud have been happy.But i strongly felt there was no point movig along without making it.Of coz my family was a grt support when i decided to produce it initially.I guess i got a producer since I showed that confidence.

2.Not completely,but i am pretty happy about it.Its been a dream debut with all the appreciation and media recognition for a total stranger and rank newcomer like me.As i said before I never tried to make a SAFE movie,juz a movie I wanna see as an audience.

3.I watched wednesday.I found no similarity to passenger .Dint even think about it hence then.Premchand of mathrubhumi described it malayaeess wednesday:)

4.There is no 100% right approach.U cant make a movie to capitalise on a previous success in quick time I guess.It never works for me.
I am ready with my new script.If I fix a lead an actor I am ready to shoot anytime from Jan.Lets see how it works out.

5.No changes.I go to office everyday,do my job and come back like all of u guys.Just that my phone got real busy.I dont remember anyone treating me silly before.Maybe coz I never felt am that important to be treated seriously.

I feel a bit responsible now as I can just churn out a movie if i decide to.There are people ready to invest,believing in u.




1.As a newcomer, director/scriptwriter did a malayalam movie discussion forum like FK/SS help you in any way? If yes to what extent?

2.For Passenger how was it working with Sreenivasan? How much support did you get from him to make Passenger come true?

3.As far as I know you are a Btech graduate who worked as a Software Professional in NeST for many years. You used to write short stories and you had that passion for movies but didn't have the technical knowledge to direct a movie. How did you achieve this?

4.Do you have a Godfather in cinema? What/Who motivated you to become a film maker?


1.I cant recollect any specific incident,but i like hanging around here.:)

2.Great support.He stood by me completely.I guess everyone believed in me since he believed in me.

3.I decided to learn direction for reasons said above.Mammutty and lal jose helped me to watch their shootings from close.I used net as well.

4.No.I always wanted to be a filmmaker.Always..since I can remember:)





As a debutant director, how comfortable were you with the actors on the shooting of passenger? Did you ever feel anyone interfering or not listening on your directional commands?
I juz answered that munshi.I became comfortable with them as days progressed.There was no commanding.I juz told them initially what I had in mind for the characters.They were such grt actors to make thomas chako,driver nair etc 200% better than i expected.



(1) We have great actors. IMO we have to give them the roles that will challenge their ability. DO you agree? are you planning to do so? Is it better/easier to get the already proven performance from them?

(2) Newcomers are out there who can lead this industry if given a chance. whould you like to look for some new talented faces and introduce them to be the next generation actors, music directors, song writers etc..
1.Just answered that.You cant create a role jus to challenge an actor.First there has to be a subject,then characters and actors who suits them.The greatest challenge for an actor for me is to be that character and not the reverse.

2.U cant actually plan such things or deliberately set out to do such things.It just happens.



PFC ...
Do you think we need have a separate division in filim industry which deals with business side of things giving you more freedom to capture your ideas , or in other words the whole budget/finance things do they affect the creativity of a director and put you guys under pressure esp in these days !
No neelan.It has to go hand in hand.It has to be creativity + business.That makes a good commercial film maker for me.

Yes I feel we need separate professional marketing guys who can work with a film maker thruout.



first of all congrats on your recent hit. Let me ask you this.

In your opinion who can bring malayalam cinema's golden days back... and how..?
There is no point in bringing back golden days.We need to create new days which the coming generations can describe similarly.



PFyodu ente question..(vere arelum chodicho ennariyilla..)

Whats the difference between scripitng only/direction only/script and direction..?

pala famous film makersum paranjittundu randum ore aal thanne cheythal concieve cheyyan eluppam ayirikkum ennu..but nammude commercial filmsinte directors like IV Sasi,Shaji Kailas,Lal Jose onum script cheyyarillallo..athu pole T Damodaran,John Paaul..ivaroonum direct cheyyan poyittumilla..

One is direction only and other is script+direction:)

It can work both ways.Its a decision of a writer whether he wants to direct.


pick your favorite
1. actor
2. actress
3. director
4. music director
5. scriptwriter

(jeevichirikkunavar)
1.Jagathy
2.cant immediately think of any..no favorites i guess:)
3.K G George
4.AR Rahman
5.K G George


interesting choices renjith bhai....

Why KG George
K G George is the greatest film maker malayalam cinema has seen according to me.Simple as that.

The primary responsibility of a filmmaker is to reflect the time and age a story is being told for me.Yavanika is a documentation of the drama era of kerala of 80s,adaminte variyellu,erakal,lekhayude maranam.mela..all movies he made at his prime reflected that.

For me that is the grreatest plus of passenger.Its a movie that cannot be made yesterday or tomorrow.Its a movie of today.





cant u keep a code or something on the films and it should be displayed on the screen,

ee code ella theatrelum different arikkanam.... if a pirated copy is released, it will be easy to identify the theatre from which it was made and that theatre should be penalised for that.

The same theory is not applicable if the print is made from the lab itself ;)

I think someone else also shared similar idea before..

IMO , this can be tried.

is this feasible ?
I think its already being done.Piracy is a global threat and there actually is no solution to it.The only solution is to exploe your market completely in quick time for me.




hi renjith, 2 questions for u..the first one has been a hot topic in tony's Passenger thread...

Q1: I feel today's audience deserves the kind of cinema it gets, i.e., the Annan Thambis n Hellos go on to become huge hits, n films lyk Thirakkadha/ Bhramaram turn out to be flop/average @ Kerala BO. Prithviraj in his recent interview stated "even if we make a subramaniapuram or mozhi here, today's audience will not help it succeed." were the bitter experiences of Thirakkadha n Thalappavu that prompted Prithvi to say like that or was it the realization that his own pucca commercial venture Puthiya Mukham had a better run than these 2 films? Even here, there have been counter arguments from members like Pankajakshan that if there are gud films, audience will accept it. As an industry insider, do u share Prithvi's views or do u feel that gud cinema can always succed big like crass commercial ventures @ the BO?

Q2: On a lighter note, my wife is a gud singer n wishes to b a playback singer...if we approach u for an opportunity, will u give us a fair listen?
1.I think a film maker needs to be careful about the budget while attempting different commercial movies.Its can be a risk if its made at the same budget of a pakka commercial movie.But u never know,thats the magic of cinema:)

2.U dint watch passenger i guess,it has no songs:)..seriously I dont understand music that much to judge.U shud approach music direcrtors.




Qn 1: what according to you is a Good film ?. Please give some examples and mention some films which are not good , but overrated accoriding to you ?

Qn 2: ningale influence cheyta directors/ film makers? why ? passenger cheytappol ningalude style of work ethenkilum famous filmmakerude workumayi samyam tonniyo ?
1.A film which gives me satisfaction as a viewer.Shawshank redemption is my all time favorite.Whenever i am down even the thot of that movie kicks me up.
Ore kadal,Nizhalkuthu.

2.I havent watched many of the clasics still.Even those i watched i somehow fail to pick up directors names.So i am not aware of most of the masters.
Its a movie that influences me,not a filmmaker.In that sense all the grt movies I have seen and its makers had an impact.




Q1. Do you think Malayalam films will follow the path of Marathi, Oriya, Bengali ..?, after 5 years, into oblivion..

Q2 . Which era do you think was the best in Malayalam industry (commercial movies)..?
such as 70s, early 80s , late 80s and early 90s , late 90s or post 2000.

Q3. Is there any chance of getting , at least close to that golder era , in near future.. and, if not why..?
1.No.I think the industry will flourish.

2.Early 90s for since we had some real good movies then and that was the time I was gettign really fascinated to cinema.

3.already answered.





1 When did you first realize that you are a good writer.. first incident of recognition ?

2 What was the first reaction of your family/relatives when they heard that your are going to direct a film?
1.Winning prizes for short story/poetry at school.

They were shocked and surprised:)..They never knew I wanted to direct.




1. Have you ever thought of making a movie from a literary work? If the answer is yes, which book?

2. What is your view/opinion on Anurag Kashyap's movies?
1. NO

2.I liked Dev D





MY QUESTION.

Oral adyamayi oru thirakkatha ezhuthan theerumanikkunnu (me :) ),
engane anu thirakkadha ezhuthendathu, athava athinte basic enthanu can u explain? athayathu nammal oru scriptumayi oru actore, allegil oru
directore poyi kandu nammude script vayikkumbol, ingane alla script ezhuthunna reethi ennu avar parayaruthu... so..

oru actore/ directore poyi kandu parayan engane anu script ezhuthendathu.....?
Juz write what u wanna see on screen..simple as that!


Enikkum chila questions undu...

1. When do you conclude that a SPARK is worth pursuing and go ahead to create a full fledged script?

2. If I ask you to select one single scene as the best written scene, any movie any language, what would be your pick?

3. If you were to remake Passenger again what changes would you make?

4. How do you evaluate critisizm?? Is there any critisism that you agreed wrt Passenger?

5. What can we expect from you in the future?
1.Normally if something strikes me I make the first draft of the oneline in a day or 2.I usually scribble in english in PC.Then the actual work begins,refining it.

2.Very difficult.I like a movie as a whole.Most of the times if i like a movie i like most things about it:)

3.Make the animation better hypothetically.I dont believe in remakes.One shud make a movie only if he has something new to say for me.It need not be always new movies for the audience,but it shud be for him,while making it.

4.Mostly reviewers have been kind on passenger.Some points they pointed out were genuine.

5.More movies..hopefully:)



More in the following post below

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 08:57 PM
Screenil maathram kandirunna celebritiesiney aduth kandappol bhayam thonniyirunno
No.I felt it as a privilage to meet them.i was actually seeing many for the first time during shooting:)



Could you tell us in any way public forums like SS, FK help malayalam cinema. If not what are your suggestions to make it possible.?
U can help build a new generation of movie lovers who support new cinema than petty fanfights..This is defenitely tomorrows medium.A community which speaks in a new voice.U can have ur own forums movie reviews which is authentic,interviews different frm the ones u read,realistic trade analysis..its a big world to explore there..

Probably give more info on cinema which is not easily available as well.





has dis ever striked u-> Guys browsing a forum-from different spheres of the world-There friendship-fanship and lifes- as a motif that can be engraved out as a film?
Not a film,but i wanted to write a short story about that for long.I havent written a short story for a decade now.
It was about a grt of guys who met only thru net,a forum they thot was a part oftheir life..one day the forum juz dissappeared,they all worried for an hour and went back to their normal life..:)




Cinemakku patiya roopamallengilum athu oru mohamaayi kondu nadakkunna oru vyakthiyaanu njan
Thankalude adukkal ennengilum ( ipozhengumilla ) Angane oru mohavumaayi njan vannaal thankal engne prathikarikkum ?
Adichottikumo ?:grin:
Atho kazhivundu ennu urappuvannaal nammukum oravasaram tharumo ?:|
Well if u have real passion u cant sit idle and wait for an opportunity to come to u.U will march out and create them for u.
THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR U.


i have one personal question to u PFC aka renjith.

do u try to sell ur self as a business man anywhere and everywhere u go and do u see everything as an opportunty to better ur career?

ex: when u make friends, in ur heart r u a true friend or inur head ur new friends more opportunities to get ur name out there?
Yes i am business minded.Opportunist as well.I think thats one reason i have few close frnds.


PFC SIR

will you take a film with mohanlal as hero if u get chance??
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sure:)


Ranjith Macha, do you have any plans to do a comedy/fun film? Any plans to make a television serial again as it's where you started.
Yes to all.If there are opportunities for small works in television I am more than ready.Its a great medium.


haii renjithetta...can u give more details about ur next project???

New project?
Well I already told.
I have completed the screenplay,there are some producers interested.
I havent committed it with anyone as of now.
Wanna fix my hero first and then go on from there..




Ithokke onnu parayamo? :p

Ishtapetta novel/short story?

Ishtapetta character?

Ettavum inspire cheytha movie?
1.Kattu paraja katha by ov vijayan.That was awesome..I am not a great reader actually..But once i comeplted that short story I realised I am missing a beautiful world out there..Now trying to make up.

2.I like both characters in this story.I think ekantham was inspired from this.or an official make.

3.The Shawshank Redemption.If u havent seen it go buy a collectors edition today.Its all worth it.



Here comes mine:

Who are the options you evaluated for the role of Nandan???
Dileep was not the first choice,but eventually the best choice:)



Do you think the themes of today’s Malayalam movies is competable with that of Tamil, Hindi movies? Do you think our film makers make enough experimental films as compared to other language films?
1.No
2.No

But things are getting better.I am hopeful that we will have great movies in the future which indian cinema will look upto.



Has life changed atleast in office?? (i knw it was asked b4)
Which tech do u work in?? I think u work in NEST
I still work in the same office.Life hasnt changed in office:)My collegues knew me as a writer before,saw me getting state award for screenplay etc.
A movie was expected.


Comments on the latest producer assn statement that only 2 movies were profitable, and rules of a 45 day and 3.5cr cap??
I think 5 or 6 has been profitable so far this year.
3.5 cr is a reasonable budget for a malayalam movie for me.And 45 days is good time to shoot as well.


Ranjith, Any plans to write/direct a comedy/humour movie? Do you think that it is your cup of tea?
Horror and comedy..i like both..horror esp
Yes i will make them both someday.


Ranjith bhai..

before passenger and after passenger.. diff enthenkilum thonunudo lifil.. matulavarude perumattam okke..
I am invited for functions and see my photos in papers:)
Yes people take me more seriously now.


Since your first passion is cinema, why don't u turn a full time professional in the field?

Do you have to still work at an office which is not your motivation?
Is it financial stability that worries you?
These things are not planned,just happens.
If i was not still working i wud have announced atleast 2 movies by now.Dont want it that way:)

The greatest motivation for working in office is that it gives me that kind of freedom to make what i want.Its priceless.

Lets see how far it goes:)


Regrets in life ??????????????
No regrets.Thats the only condition I place before me.I wanna be completely responsible for my decisions.

I have pretty much lived the way i wanted so far.

That was the only condition before me while making passenger as well.I did not wanted to regret doing even one small thing while making it.


one more question, I believe you admire Mammootty more, but i also read your statement "Mohanlal is a dream", so what is your take?
Both are great actors.I have this unknown affinity for lal since I dont know him at all maybe.
I would luv to make movies with them both.


thanks ranjith bhai, it's often heard that super stars interfere a lot in the movie making process even where they are not needed. in future if it happens with you, what will you do?
Hypothetic.They will never if u convince them of ur script.


Favourite Quote
Memoir can be my favorite quote.

Night is longer than Day for those who Dream...
Days are longer for those who make those dreams come true..

LIVE YOUR DREAM GUYS!


What made you zero in mamta for the character in passenger? I feel that she is limited capability actress.
I watched all movies mamta had done till then and felt she cud play anuradha nandan.


PS - Thanx Binoy for compiling the answers ! :clap:

lalistheonlySuperStar
11th August 2009, 08:58 PM
thanks a lot to RANJITH SANKAR

lalistheonlySuperStar
11th August 2009, 08:58 PM
Hi Guys:)

HI WELCOME

Tony
11th August 2009, 08:58 PM
Hi Guys:)

Welcome Ranjith bhai:dancing:

admin
11th August 2009, 08:58 PM
warm welcome Ranjith Sankar to our very first edition of celebrity chat. we are really honoured to have you here. i welcome you on behalf of the entire SS family. :)

Antony Moses
11th August 2009, 08:59 PM
Welcome Ranjith Sankar!

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 08:59 PM
Hi Guys:)
Welcome Ranjithetta... :hug:

The Prince
11th August 2009, 09:00 PM
:hurray::hurray: Welcome Passenger...

admin
11th August 2009, 09:02 PM
no chit chat or loose talks will be entertained here.....

Tony
11th August 2009, 09:03 PM
let him start posting answers... after that we can make our replies... :cheers:

navarannan
11th August 2009, 09:05 PM
Sorry to interrupt.. PFC One request.. Could you please quote the question and answer?

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:05 PM
Kidilam samrabham. Rocking ennokke paranjaal ithaanu :salut: :salut: :salut:

PFCkkaayi itha ente oru pidi questions.

1. Cinema mohangal(abhinayam, assistant direction etc)umaayi nadakkunna palarum ee foruthil undu. Avarkkaayi kazhiyunna enthenkilum sahayam cheyyaan thaankal thayyaraavumo?

2. Pala ideas/kathakal manassilundaayittum enthu kondu aadyathe padamaayi passengerine thiranjeduthu?

3. Cinemayile super thaara idapedalukale kurichu palarum paraathi paranju kettittundu? Ithu ethra maathram seriyaanu? Enthenkilum anubhavam? Dileep enna super tharam enganeyayirunnu?

1.No.Its not professional to hire people for cinema just based on aquaintances..Those Who have real passion will find their own way.I will be happy to help such guys , in whatever ways i can.

2.It was not like chosing the best among the stories I had.I felt there was no meaning to my life if I did not make passenger at this point of time.That feeling was genuine and belive it reflected in the movie.I never thought about any other script for the past many years since passenger started to grow on me.

3.Dileep was fantastic.Very sensible,asks the right questions.I guess superstardom is a very responsible position.All these are very special guys to remain there.
Interference is not the right word.Its creative contribution and discussions.Its only healthy for cinema if done in the right spirit.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:06 PM
Newcomersine maathram vechu kondoru cinema edukkan thayaarano?

Defenitely,if there is a script I strongly feel like making which demands newcomers.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:09 PM
PFCyodulla ente chodyam
1) Aadyam direct cheyyunna cinemayude kadhayum thirakkadhayum swanthamayi ezhuthanamenna aagrahamundayirunnathu kondano, atho mattullavarude kadhayum thirakkadhayum kettittu ishtappedathathu kondano thankal 'Passenger' enna cinema swanthamayi ezhuthiyathu?

2) Ini direct cheyyunna cinemakalkku swantham thirakkadha mathrame upayogikkukayullo?

1.I am basically a writer.I became a director coz I realised cinema is a directors medium and I would need to direct if i wanna make the kind of movies I want.

2.I guess so.But u can never predict the future:)I dont know If i have the ability to direct someone elses script.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:12 PM
PFCyodu..

1)Innu Passenger kanumbol what are 2 things that you feel you should have done differently?...I am sure there might be more than 2 but the most important 2 points that you feel would have had an impact on the overall movie?

2) If you feel the need to cast a newcomer in any of the roles for your forthcoming movies, how do you go about doing it? This answer would really help aspiring people understand the process of approaching you.


1.I guess it will take some more time to judge passenger like that for me.I am pretty happy when I see passenger right now.Probably I wud have done the animation better.

2.If its for a lead role,maybe a talent hunt.If its a small role,tell my production manager and associate:)

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:14 PM
This is wat innovative members in a forum can do !!!

PFC,

1. How did you get a chance to talk to Sreeni when u had Passenger's oneline done?

2. As a writer what were the scenes which Sreeni put forward if at all he had made any interference as a writer.

3. How much support do you promise for the cine aspirers here?

1.Lal jose introduced me to him.

2.Sreenivasan is a true genius,a master film maker.Discussing this script with him in itself was a great learning experience.If Ihave to say a scene,the police chase in the 2nd half was his suggestion to make it more racy.

3.Already answerd.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:18 PM
My Questions

1) Do you think that our young actors are not getting utilised well by today's film-makers ?

2) What is your message for the aspiring film-makers before coming into this field from your experiences?

3) Tell us more about your family...

1.Its ont a question of utilisation.You cant make a film to make sure that a great talent is underutilised.U need a subject and character that inspires u to cast someone.I see a change this year,i think we are gonna see more and more young movies in the future.

2.Have true passion.If its fake u will fail.

3.My wife smitha is an It professional.2 kids tara in UKG and tarun 1.5 yrs old.

double chankan
11th August 2009, 09:20 PM
Sorry to interrupt, i feel it would be great if u can choose a best Q and a toughest Q at the end of the chat..

admin
11th August 2009, 09:22 PM
members are welcome to post their wishes/congrats/quick queries to Ranjith.

Pankajakshan
11th August 2009, 09:24 PM
Wow!!!

navarannan
11th August 2009, 09:24 PM
Really excited... SS Rocks..

Tony
11th August 2009, 09:25 PM
members are welcome to post their wishes/congrats/quick queries to Ranjith.

thanks admin...

zooshtray
11th August 2009, 09:26 PM
This is really Gr8...Amazing Feeling!!!
Ennenkilum oru celebrity aaayitu venam ivide vannu chatil pankedukkan8-)!!!

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:27 PM
My question to PFC.

1.
A movie like passenger which thinks in a different track than malayalam cinema has been thinking so far is truly a risk for a producer. It can click, it can bomb. But there are fairly safe routes also which a director-producer-actor combo normally takes.

What/who gave you the courage to take the riskier route.

2.Are you satisfied with the BO performance of Passenger. If not, did you feel at any point of time that you should have settled for a more safer approach than radical thinking?

3.Passenger and A wednesday shares a common theme to a large extent. I know that you were ready with your script way b4 Wednesday happened.
However did the similarity worry you?
Have you watched A Wednesday?
Did it bring about any changes in your script knowingly/unknowingly?

4. We have directors like Roshan Andrews who wait endlessly for their dream project to materiaise. They are not worried about the time which they lose at the peak of their career.
Do you think that is a 100% right approach?. For eg, u made passenger in 2009. If you come out with the next in 2011 or late 2010, dont you feel that you lose out the milaege created by your first work?.

5. How has life changed in the industry after passenger? Have people who treated you silly before started to listen to you? Please share under conditions of anonymity.

1.My mind.I felt there was nothing more important in my life.The dream was to make it,wudnt have mattered how it fared actually.Even if I made it and kept in my bedroom i wud have been happy.But i strongly felt there was no point movig along without making it.Of coz my family was a grt support when i decided to produce it initially.I guess i got a producer since I showed that confidence.

2.Not completely,but i am pretty happy about it.Its been a dream debut with all the appreciation and media recognition for a total stranger and rank newcomer like me.As i said before I never tried to make a SAFE movie,juz a movie I wanna see as an audience.

3.I watched wednesday.I found no similarity to passenger .Dint even think about it hence then.Premchand of mathrubhumi described it malayaeess wednesday:)

4.There is no 100% right approach.U cant make a movie to capitalise on a previous success in quick time I guess.It never works for me.
I am ready with my new script.If I fix a lead an actor I am ready to shoot anytime from Jan.Lets see how it works out.

5.No changes.I go to office everyday,do my job and come back like all of u guys.Just that my phone got real busy.I dont remember anyone treating me silly before.Maybe coz I never felt am that important to be treated seriously.

I feel a bit responsible now as I can just churn out a movie if i decide to.There are people ready to invest,believing in u.

Gopal
11th August 2009, 09:27 PM
Superb. Thanks PFC.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:28 PM
sramikkam chankan:)

Pankajakshan
11th August 2009, 09:30 PM
Oru kaaryam chodhikkanam ennundaayirunnu vittu poyi. Screenil maathram kandirunna celebritiesiney aduth kandappol bhayam thonniyirunno ennu :(

Tony
11th August 2009, 09:30 PM
1.No.Its not professional to hire people for cinema just based on aquaintances..Those Who have real passion will find their own way.I will be happy to help such guys , in whatever ways i can.


I think our Saroj's hope ends here. :nocomments:

Sunny
11th August 2009, 09:30 PM
entammo..oru celebrity ente question answer cheyyan ponoo...:kayyadi:

zooshtray
11th August 2009, 09:32 PM
I think our Saroj's hope ends here. :nocomments:
:laugh::laugh::laugh:...ippol onnum parayenda...pulli thakarnnu irikkukaya!!!

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:32 PM
My questions to PFC.( I will be adding more....)

1.As a newcomer, director/scriptwriter did a malayalam movie discussion forum like FK/SS help you in any way? If yes to what
extent?

2.For Passenger how was it working with Sreenivasan? How much support did you get from him to make Passenger come true?

3.As far as I know you are a Btech graduate who worked as a Software Professional in NeST for many years. You used to
write short stories and you had that passion for movies but didn't have the technical knowledge to direct a movie. How did
you achieve this?

4.Do you have a Godfather in cinema? What/Who motivated you to become a film maker?



1.I cant recollect any specific incident,but i like hanging around here.:)

2.Great support.He stood by me completely.I guess everyone believed in me since he believed in me.

3.I decided to learn direction for reasons said above.Mammutty and lal jose helped me to watch their shootings from close.I used net as well.

4.No.I always wanted to be a filmmaker.Always..since I can remember:)

pappadam
11th August 2009, 09:32 PM
Thanks Ranjith Bhai :)
Ithu charithra lipikalezhuthaavunna SS - ile suvarna nimisham :)

Pankajakshan
11th August 2009, 09:33 PM
I think our Saroj's hope ends here. :nocomments:


Sarojintey Script vaayicha K Madhuinu kazhinja thavana ingeru vannappo mughathunnu kaaledukkaan pattunillaayirunnu :lol:

navarannan
11th August 2009, 09:33 PM
Thanks PFC :punchiri:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:34 PM
Oru kaaryam chodhikkanam ennundaayirunnu vittu poyi. Screenil maathram kandirunna celebritiesiney aduth kandappol bhayam thonniyirunno ennu :(

No.I felt it as a privilage to meet them.i was actually seeing many for the first time during shooting:)

admin
11th August 2009, 09:34 PM
guys no loose talks please!!

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 09:35 PM
Wow !!! SS Truly Rocks !!

kuttoos
11th August 2009, 09:36 PM
let him answer the questions
pls don't interrupt

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:37 PM
To PFC

As a debutant director, how comfortable were you with the actors on the shooting of passenger? Did you ever feel anyone interfering or not listening on your directional commands?

I juz answered that munshi.I became comfortable with them as days progressed.There was no commanding.I juz told them initially what I had in mind for the characters.They were such grt actors to make thomas chako,driver nair etc 200% better than i expected.

KasinathaN
11th August 2009, 09:38 PM
Thanks PFC

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:40 PM
(1) We have great actors. IMO we have to give them the roles that will challenge their ability. DO you agree? are you planning to do so? Is it better/easier to get the already proven performance from them?

(2) Newcomers are out there who can lead this industry if given a chance. whould you like to look for some new talented faces and introduce them to be the next generation actors, music directors, song writers etc..

1.Just answered that.You cant create a role jus to challenge an actor.First there has to be a subject,then characters and actors who suits them.The greatest challenge for an actor for me is to be that character and not the reverse.

2.U cant actually plan such things or deliberately set out to do such things.It just happens.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:42 PM
PFC ...
Do you think we need have a separate division in filim industry which deals with business side of things giving you more freedom to capture your ideas , or in other words the whole budget/finance things do they affect the creativity of a director and put you guys under pressure esp in these days !

No neelan.It has to go hand in hand.It has to be creativity + business.That makes a good commercial film maker for me.

Yes I feel we need separate professional marketing guys who can work with a film maker thruout.

Sunny
11th August 2009, 09:43 PM
PFC, I have an additional question.

Could you tell us in any way public forums like SS, FK help malayalam cinema. If not what are your suggestions to make it possible.?

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:43 PM
PFC, first of all congrats on your recent hit. Let me ask you this.

In your opinion who can bring malayalam cinema's golden days back... and how..?

There is no point in bringing back golden days.We need to create new days which the coming generations can describe similarly.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:45 PM
PFyodu ente question..(vere arelum chodicho ennariyilla..)

Whats the difference between scripitng only/direction only/script and direction..?

pala famous film makersum paranjittundu randum ore aal thanne cheythal concieve cheyyan eluppam ayirikkum ennu..but nammude commercial filmsinte directors like IV Sasi,Shaji Kailas,Lal Jose onum script cheyyarillallo..athu pole T Damodaran,John Paaul..ivaroonum direct cheyyan poyittumilla..


One is direction only and other is script+direction:)

It can work both ways.Its a decision of a writer whether he wants to direct.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:47 PM
pick your favorite
1. actor
2. actress
3. director
4. music director
5. scriptwriter

(jeevichirikkunavar)

1.Jagathy
2.cant immediately think of any..no favorites i guess:)
3.K G George
4.AR Rahman
5.K G George

Pankajakshan
11th August 2009, 09:48 PM
No.I felt it as a privilage to meet them.i was actually seeing many for the first time during shooting:)


Thanks :)

I have one more query..has dis ever striked u-> Guys browsing a forum-from different spheres of the world-There friendship-fanship and lifes- as a motif that can be engraved out as a film?

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:48 PM
TO PFC

cant u keep a code or something on the films and it should be displayed on the screen,

ee code ella theatrelum different arikkanam.... if a pirated copy is released, it will be easy to identify the theatre from which it was made and that theatre should be penalised for that.

The same theory is not applicable if the print is made from the lab itself http://www.snehasallapam.com/../images/smilies/wink.gif

I think someone else also shared similar idea before..

IMO , this can be tried.


is this feasible ?

I think its already being done.Piracy is a global threat and there actually is no solution to it.The only solution is to exploe your market completely in quick time for me.

double chankan
11th August 2009, 09:49 PM
interesting choices renjith bhai....

answer this atlast if u find time:

Why KG George

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:50 PM
Thanks :)

I have one more query..has dis ever striked u-> Guys browsing a forum-from different spheres of the world-There friendship-fanship and lifes- as a motif that can be engraved out as a film?

Not a film,but i wanted to write a short story about that for long.I havent written a short story for a decade now.
It was about a grt of guys who met only thru net,a forum they thot was a part oftheir life..one day the forum juz dissappeared,they all worried for an hour and went back to their normal life..:)

navarannan
11th August 2009, 09:53 PM
Not a film,but i wanted to write a short story about that for long.I havent written a short story for a decade now.
It was about a grt of guys who met only thru net,a forum they thot was a part oftheir life..one day the forum juz dissappeared,they all worried for an hour and went back to their normal life..:)

Ennu vacha nammalokke "normal" alla ennano udheshichathu?:lol:

Pankajakshan
11th August 2009, 09:53 PM
Not a film,but i wanted to write a short story about that for long.I havent written a short story for a decade now.
It was about a grt of guys who met only thru net,a forum they thot was a part oftheir life..one day the forum juz dissappeared,they all worried for an hour and went back to their normal life..:)


Ambo :) Njan idhiney kurich ezhudhaan thudangiyadhaayirunnu..pinne thought thaankalkk idhil endheilum element strike cheyyumo ennu :)

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:54 PM
interesting choices renjith bhai....

answer this atlast if u find time:

Why KG George

K G George is the greatest film maker malayalam cinema has seen according to me.Simple as that.

The primary responsibility of a filmmaker is to reflect the time and age a story is being told for me.Yavanika is a documentation of the drama era of kerala of 80s,adaminte variyellu,erakal,lekhayude maranam.mela..all movies he made at his prime reflected that.

For me that is the grreatest plus of passenger.Its a movie that cannot be made yesterday or tomorrow.Its a movie of today.

pappadam
11th August 2009, 09:54 PM
PFC Annanodu oru cheriya chodyam .

Cinemakku patiya roopamallengilum athu oru mohamaayi kondu nadakkunna oru vyakthiyaanu njan
Thankalude adukkal ennengilum ( ipozhengumilla ) Angane oru mohavumaayi njan vannaal thankal engne prathikarikkum ?
Adichottikumo ?:grin:
Atho kazhivundu ennu urappuvannaal nammukum oravasaram tharumo ?:|

Pankajakshan
11th August 2009, 09:54 PM
interesting choices renjith bhai....

answer this atlast if u find time:

Why KG George


Scripting KG George :shock: Ahead of Padmarajan and MT. Direction Bharathenkaal mumbil :doh:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:58 PM
hi renjith, 2 questions for u..the first one has been a hot topic in tony's Passenger thread...

Q1: I feel today's audience deserves the kind of cinema it gets, i.e., the Annan Thambis n Hellos go on to become huge hits, n films lyk Thirakkadha/Bhramaram turn out to be flop/average @ Kerala BO. Prithviraj in his recent interview stated "even if we make a subramaniapuram or mozhi here, today's audience will not help it succeed." were the bitter experiences of Thirakkadha n Thalappavu that prompted Prithvi to say like that or was it the realization that his own pucca commercial venture Puthiya Mukham had a better run than these 2 films? Even here, there have been counter arguments from members like Pankajakshan that if there are gud films, audience will accept it. As an industry insider, do u share Prithvi's views or do u feel that gud cinema can always succed big like crass commercial ventures @ the BO?

Q2: On a lighter note, my wife is a gud singer n wishes to b a playback singer...if we approach u for an opportunity, will u give us a fair listen?

1.I think a film maker needs to be careful about the budget while attempting different commercial movies.Its can be a risk if its made at the same budget of a pakka commercial movie.But u never know,thats the magic of cinema:)

2.U dint watch passenger i guess,it has no songs:)..seriously I dont understand music that much to judge.U shud approach music direcrtors.

pappadam
11th August 2009, 09:58 PM
Scripting KG George :shock: Ahead of Padmarajan and MT. Direction Bharathenkaal mumbil :doh:


Ororutharkkum oro ishtangalalle panka
Ente ishtamallalo ninte ishtam :tongue:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 09:59 PM
PFC Annanodu oru cheriya chodyam .

Cinemakku patiya roopamallengilum athu oru mohamaayi kondu nadakkunna oru vyakthiyaanu njan
Thankalude adukkal ennengilum ( ipozhengumilla ) Angane oru mohavumaayi njan vannaal thankal engne prathikarikkum ?
Adichottikumo ?:grin:
Atho kazhivundu ennu urappuvannaal nammukum oravasaram tharumo ?:|

Well if u have real passion u cant sit idle and wait for an opportunity to come to u.U will march out and create them for u.
THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR U.

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 10:01 PM
Scripting KG George :shock: Ahead of Padmarajan and MT. Direction Bharathenkaal mumbil :doh:
Different persons ! Different perceptions !

Sunny
11th August 2009, 10:02 PM
PFC, I have an additional question.

Could you tell us in any way public forums like SS, FK help malayalam cinema. If not what are your suggestions to make it possible.?

PFC, ente ee question'm koodi answer cheyyane..

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:03 PM
Qn 1: what according to you is a Good film ?. Please give some examples and mention some films which are not good , but overrated accoriding to you ?

Qn 2: ningale influence cheyta directors/ film makers? why ? passenger cheytappol ningalude style of work ethenkilum famous filmmakerude workumayi samyam tonniyo ?

1.A film which gives me satisfaction as a viewer.Shawshank redemption is my all time favorite.Whenever i am down even the thot of that movie kicks me up.
Ore kadal,Nizhalkuthu.

2.I havent watched many of the clasics still.Even those i watched i somehow fail to pick up directors names.So i am not aware of most of the masters.
Its a movie that influences me,not a filmmaker.In that sense all the grt movies I have seen and its makers had an impact.

kuttoos
11th August 2009, 10:04 PM
PFC, ente ee question'm koodi answer cheyyane..
adyam pulli first page-le ans cheyyatte sunny...wait pannungo

Sootran
11th August 2009, 10:04 PM
ini aarum dayavu cheythu idayil keri chodyangal chodikkaruthe .

Ranjit bhai , Please continue with the questions posted in firts page

~Saji~
11th August 2009, 10:04 PM
Great answers renjithS....especially the earlier ones...:cheers::cheers::cheers:

emi
11th August 2009, 10:05 PM
i have one personal question to u PFC aka renjith.

do u try to sell ur self as a business man anywhere and everywhere u go and do u see everything as an opportunty to better ur career?

ex: when u make friends, in ur heart r u a true friend or inur head ur new friends more opportunities to get ur name out there?

~Saji~
11th August 2009, 10:06 PM
i have one personal question to u PFC aka renjith.

do u try to sell ur self as a business man anywhere and everywhere u go and do u see everything as an opportunty to better ur career?

ex: when u make friends, in ur heart r u a true friend or inur head ur new friends more opportunities to get ur name out there?

very deep psychological question....:accident:

kuttoos
11th August 2009, 10:06 PM
please edakku questions chodichu aa flow illathakkalle
rs first page-le questions ans cheythittu pinne chodyangal chodikkoo

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:08 PM
PFC, ente ee question'm koodi answer cheyyane..


U can help build a new generation of movie lovers who support new cinema than petty fanfights..This is defenitely tomorrows medium.A community which speaks in a new voice.U can have ur own forums movie reviews which is authentic,interviews different frm the ones u read,realistic trade analysis..its a big world to explore there..

Probably give more info on cinema which is not easily available as well.

Malayalee
11th August 2009, 10:08 PM
please edakku questions chodichu aa flow illathakkalle
rs first page-le questions ans cheythittu pinne chodyangal chodikkoo

yep.. aadyathe ques teeratte..

anyway thnx PFC :salute:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:08 PM
please edakku questions chodichu aa flow illathakkalle
rs first page-le questions ans cheythittu pinne chodyangal chodikkoo


I am already answering the 3rd set:)

Kalyana Raman
11th August 2009, 10:09 PM
PFC SIR

will you take a film with mohanlal as hero if u get chance??
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emi
11th August 2009, 10:09 PM
please edakku questions chodichu aa flow illathakkalle
rs first page-le questions ans cheythittu pinne chodyangal chodikkoo
i didn't know there were rules. i just saw him on line and posted my q. any way carry on. i'm out

navarannan
11th August 2009, 10:09 PM
Sorry that was bad joke~~~

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:10 PM
i have one personal question to u PFC aka renjith.

do u try to sell ur self as a business man anywhere and everywhere u go and do u see everything as an opportunty to better ur career?

ex: when u make friends, in ur heart r u a true friend or inur head ur new friends more opportunities to get ur name out there?

Yes i am business minded.Opportunist as well.I think thats one reason i have few close frnds.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:11 PM
PFC SIR

will you take a film with mohanlal as hero if u get chance??
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sure:)

emi
11th August 2009, 10:11 PM
Yes i am business minded.Opportunist as well.I think thats one reason i have few close frnds.
i thought so...thanks for making it clear

kuttoos
11th August 2009, 10:13 PM
i didn't know there were rules. i just saw him on line and posted my q. any way carry on. i'm out
:spam:
first set ans cheythittu chodyangal chodichal mathiyayirunnu

questions compile cheyyan oru thread undayirunnu...

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:13 PM
Q1. Do you think Malayalam films will follow the path of Marathi, Oriya, Bengali ..?, after 5 years, into oblivion..

Q2 . Which era do you think was the best in Malayalam industry (commercial movies)..?
such as 70s, early 80s , late 80s and early 90s , late 90s or post 2000.

Q3. Is there any chance of getting , at least close to that golder era , in near future.. and, if not why..?

1.No.I think the industry will flourish.

2.Early 90s for since we had some real good movies then and that was the time I was gettign really fascinated to cinema.

3.already answered.

Kalyana Raman
11th August 2009, 10:14 PM
sure:)

thanks
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Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:15 PM
PFC yodu 2 chodyam..

When did you first realize that you are a good writer.. first incident of recognition ?

What was the first reaction of your family/relatives when they heard that your are going to direct a film?

1.Winning prizes for short story/poetry at school.

They were shocked and surprised:)..They never knew I wanted to direct.

lalistheonlySuperStar
11th August 2009, 10:15 PM
thanks ranjith bhai, my question still to come. and its my time to leave u guys.....
i will come as early as possible tomorrow

waiting for a supportive reply RANJITH BHAI.

and thanks for supporting this new forum. YOU ARE SIMPLY GREAT

Mallik Bhai
11th August 2009, 10:18 PM
Thanx a lot ranjith fr cumin online n anserin our qs despyt being indisposd.thanx ss fr dis oportunity

Saroj Kumar
11th August 2009, 10:19 PM
Ranjith Macha, do you have any plans to do a comedy/fun film? Any plans to make a television serial again as it's where you started.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:20 PM
My questions-

1. Did you leave your engineering career completely to enter into cinema field? What will be your advice if some engineers here want to join the field? Do they have to quit their job and completely concentrate on this?

2. Are you a believer or an athiest? Do you believe 'LUCK' is a valid factor in one person's film field entry and career after that?

1.No I still work.Was on leave while making passenger.
Well its a decision an individual has to take.What did was I took a job which gave me a chance to be in kochi where most of malayalam cinema was happening,so that i can be in touch.
Past 5 years I tried to make sure I did something which took the project atleast one step forward.Forget days months and years passed without nothing happening.
When I get frustrated what I used to do was to give job interviews at some of the top MNCs.I made sure I cleared them everytime.Refusing those financially tempting offers somehow rejunanated my spirits everytime to take the dream forward.

2.I believe in destiny.And fortune favours the brave.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:24 PM
1. Have you ever thought of making a movie from a literary work? If the answer is yes, which book?

2. What is your view/opinion on Anurag Kashyap's movies?

1. NO

2.I liked Dev D

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:24 PM
Ranjith Macha, do you have any plans to do a comedy/fun film? Any plans to make a television serial again as it's where you started.

Yes to all.If there are opportunities for small works in television I am more than ready.Its a great medium.

pappadam
11th August 2009, 10:25 PM
Well if u have real passion u cant sit idle and wait for an opportunity to come to u.U will march out and create them for u.
THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR U.

Thanks macha :cheers:
Ithiri sambadyamokke aayi kazhinuju Kacha ketti iranganam :kudiyans:

tysonthomas143
11th August 2009, 10:25 PM
haii renjithetta...can u give more details about ur next project???

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:25 PM
MY QUESTION.

Oral adyamayi oru thirakkatha ezhuthan theerumanikkunnu (me :) ),
engane anu thirakkadha ezhuthendathu, athava athinte basic enthanu
can u explain? athayathu nammal oru scriptumayi oru actore, allegil oru
directore poyi kandu nammude script vayikkumbol, ingane alla script
ezhuthunna reethi ennu avar parayaruthu... so..

oru actore/ directore poyi kandu parayan engane anu script
ezhuthendathu.....?

Juz write what u wanna see on screen..simple as that!

Tony
11th August 2009, 10:25 PM
1.No I still work.Was on leave while making passenger.
Well its a decision an individual has to take.What did was I took a job which gave me a chance to be in kochi where most of malayalam cinema was happening,so that i can be in touch.
Past 5 years I tried to make sure I did something which took the project atleast one step forward.Forget days months and years passed without nothing happening.
When I get frustrated what I used to do was to give job interviews at some of the top MNCs.I made sure I cleared them everytime.Refusing those financially tempting offers somehow rejunanated my spirits everytime to take the dream forward.

2.I believe in destiny.And fortune favours the brave.

Thanks... :)

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:26 PM
Thanks macha :cheers:
Ithiri sambadyamokke aayi kazhinuju Kacha ketti iranganam :kudiyans:
Good luck!

Tony
11th August 2009, 10:28 PM
haii renjithetta...can u give more details about ur next project???

I think some follow up qns are unanswered.

Tony
11th August 2009, 10:29 PM
@ranjith bhai

Please dont forget to rate the best and toughest questions. :)

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:30 PM
1.No I still work.Was on leave while making passenger.
Well its a decision an individual has to take.What did was I took a job which gave me a chance to be in kochi where most of malayalam cinema was happening,so that i can be in touch.
Past 5 years I tried to make sure I did something which took the project atleast one step forward.Forget days months and years passed without nothing happening.
When I get frustrated what I used to do was to give job interviews at some of the top MNCs.I made sure I cleared them everytime.Refusing those financially tempting offers somehow rejunanated my spirits everytime to take the dream forward.

2.I believe in destiny.And fortune favours the brave.

wow........... that was awesome........................

Sunny
11th August 2009, 10:30 PM
Thank you for your time PFC anna...:salute:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:31 PM
Enikkum chila questions undu...

1. When do you conclude that a SPARK is worth pursuing and go ahead to create a full fledged script?

2. If I ask you to select one single scene as the best written scene, any movie any language, what would be your pick?

3. If you were to remake Passenger again what changes would you make?

4. How do you evaluate critisizm?? Is there any critisism that you agreed wrt Passenger?

5. What can we expect from you in the future?

1.Normally if something strikes me I make the first draft of the oneline in a day or 2.I usually scribble in english in PC.Then the actual work begins,refining it.

2.Very difficult.I like a movie as a whole.Most of the times if i like a movie i like most things about it:)

3.Make the animation better hypothetically.I dont believe in remakes.One shud make a movie only if he has something new to say for me.It need not be always new movies for the audience,but it shud be for him,while making it.

4.Mostly reviewers have been kind on passenger.Some points they pointed out were genuine.

5.More movies..hopefully:)

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:32 PM
All Qns answerd

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:33 PM
All Qns answerd

do we have more time???

or are u exhausted?

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:33 PM
New project?
Well I already told.
I have completed the screenplay,there are some producers interested.
I havent committed it with anyone as of now.
Wanna fix my hero first and then go on from there..

Pankajakshan
11th August 2009, 10:33 PM
All Qns answerd


:cheers::cheers::cheers::cheers:

Excellent effort PFC!!!

Me leaving for the day!!!

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 10:34 PM
Thanx PFC.... :clap: :clap:

Invalid_user
11th August 2009, 10:34 PM
Kidlam.
Thanks PFC :salut:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:34 PM
do we have more time???

or are u exhausted?

Shoot !

30 more mins..

I need to go jogging at 6:)

zooshtray
11th August 2009, 10:35 PM
A very valuable 1.5 hrs for all of us!!!

navarannan
11th August 2009, 10:36 PM
PFC was very professional in answering all the questions...

Thanks a lot...

Thanks everyone who made this happen..

I was really surprised with his choice on KG Geroge..

Invalid_user
11th August 2009, 10:36 PM
Shoot !

30 more mins..

I need to go jogging at 6:)

Ithokke onnu parayamo? :p

Ishtapetta novel/short story?

Ishtapetta character?

Ettavum inspire cheytha movie?

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:36 PM
My best questions

Originally Posted by Tony http://www.snehasallapam.com/../images/vbskins/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://www.snehasallapam.com/../showthread.php?p=70497#post70497)
My questions-

1. Did you leave your engineering career completely to enter into cinema field? What will be your advice if some engineers here want to join the field? Do they have to quit their job and completely concentrate on this?

2. Are you a believer or an athiest? Do you believe 'LUCK' is a valid factor in one person's film field entry and career after that?

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:37 PM
Here comes mine:

Who are the options you evaluated for the role of Nandan???

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 10:39 PM
Bhai one more Q

Do you think the themes of today’s Malayalam movies is competable with that of Tamil, Hindi movies? Do you think our film makers make enough experimental films as compared to other language films?

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:39 PM
Ithokke onnu parayamo? :p

Ishtapetta novel/short story?

Ishtapetta character?

Ettavum inspire cheytha movie?

1.Kattu paraja katha by ov vijayan.That was awesome..I am not a great reader actually..But once i comeplted that short story I realised I am missing a beautiful world out there..Now trying to make up.

2.I like both characters in this story.I think ekantham was inspired from this.or an official make.

3.The Shawshank Redemption.If u havent seen it go buy a collectors edition today.Its all worth it.

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:39 PM
Just getting it out of cinema:

Has life changed atleast in office?? (i knw it was asked b4)
Which tech do u work in?? I think u work in NEST

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:40 PM
Bhai one more Q

Do you think the themes of today’s Malayalam movies is competable with that of Tamil, Hindi movies? Do you think our film makers make enough experimental films as compared to other language films?

1.No
2.No

But things are getting better.I am hopeful that we will have great movies in the future which indian cinema will look upto.

Tony
11th August 2009, 10:41 PM
My best questions

Originally Posted by Tony http://www.snehasallapam.com/../images/vbskins/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://www.snehasallapam.com/../showthread.php?p=70497#post70497)
My questions-

1. Did you leave your engineering career completely to enter into cinema field? What will be your advice if some engineers here want to join the field? Do they have to quit their job and completely concentrate on this?

2. Are you a believer or an athiest? Do you believe 'LUCK' is a valid factor in one person's film field entry and career after that?



:dancing::dancing::dancing:

Thanks :cheers:

Invalid_user
11th August 2009, 10:41 PM
1.Kattu paraja katha by ov vijayan.That was awesome..I am not a great reader actually..But once i comeplted that short story I realised I am missing a beautiful world out there..Now trying to make up.

2.I like both characters in this story.I think ekantham was inspired from this.or an official make.

3.The Shawshank Redemption.If u havent seen it go buy a collectors edition today.Its all worth it.

Thanks. Kaatu paranja kadha vaayichittilla.
Vaayikkanam. :happy:

Shawshank Redemption kandittundu. :kidilam:

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:41 PM
Comments on the latest producer assn statement that only 2 movies were profitable, and rules of a 45 day and 3.5cr cap??

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:42 PM
Just getting it out of cinema:

Has life changed atleast in office?? (i knw it was asked b4)
Which tech do u work in?? I think u work in NEST

I still work in the same office.Life hasnt changed in office:)My collegues knew me as a writer before,saw me getting state award for screenplay etc.
A movie was expected.

Malayalee
11th August 2009, 10:42 PM
Ranjith bhai..

before passenger and after passenger.. diff enthenkilum thonunudo lifil.. matulavarude perumattam okke..

Saroj Kumar
11th August 2009, 10:43 PM
Ranjith, Any plans to write/direct a comedy/humour movie? Do you think that it is your cup of tea?

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:43 PM
Comments on the latest producer assn statement that only 2 movies were profitable, and rules of a 45 day and 3.5cr cap??

I think 5 or 6 has been profitable so far this year.
3.5 cr is a reasonable budget for a malayalam movie for me.And 45 days is good time to shoot as well.

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:44 PM
Since your first passion is cinema, why don't u turn a full time professional in the field?

Do you have to still work at an office which is not your motivation?
Is it financial stability that worries you?

navarannan
11th August 2009, 10:45 PM
:dancing::dancing::dancing:

Thanks :cheers:

:cheers::cheers::cheers:

Saroj Kumar
11th August 2009, 10:45 PM
:dancing::dancing::dancing:

Thanks :cheers:
Nalla questions thanne :cheers:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:45 PM
Ranjith bhai..

before passenger and after passenger.. diff enthenkilum thonunudo lifil.. matulavarude perumattam okke..

I am invited for functions and see my photos in papers:)
Yes people take me more seriously now.

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:45 PM
Regrets in life ??????????????

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 10:46 PM
:dancing::dancing::dancing:

Thanks :cheers:
:clap: :clap: :clap:

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:46 PM
:dancing::dancing::dancing:

Thanks :cheers:

:cheers: :cheers:

walking away with cherry of the cake!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:48 PM
Since your first passion is cinema, why don't u turn a full time professional in the field?

Do you have to still work at an office which is not your motivation?
Is it financial stability that worries you?

These things are not planned,just happens.
If i was not still working i wud have announced atleast 2 movies by now.Dont want it that way:)

The greatest motivation for working in office is that it gives me that kind of freedom to make what i want.Its priceless.

Lets see how far it goes:)

Saroj Kumar
11th August 2009, 10:49 PM
Ranjith, Any plans to write/direct a comedy/humour movie? Do you think that it is your cup of tea?

...

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:50 PM
Regrets in life ??????????????

No regrets.Thats the only condition I place before me.I wanna be completely responsible for my decisions.

I have pretty much lived the way i wanted so far.

That was the only condition before me while making passenger as well.I did not wanted to regret doing even one small thing while making it.

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:51 PM
Thanks a lot Renjith bhai!!!!!!

It has been a pleasant surprise to see that you are greedy for success, but is prepared to wait. The saying goes "Make hay while the sun shines", some how you don't seem to follow that..

Keep listening to your heart and think with your mind!!!!!!!!!

All the very best in life. Let Passenger just be a curtain raiser.....

:salut: :salut:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:51 PM
...

Horror and comedy..i like both..horror esp
Yes i will make them both someday.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:52 PM
Thanks a lot Renjith bhai!!!!!!

It has been a pleasant surprise to see that you are greedy for success, but is prepared to wait. The saying goes "Make hay while the sun shines", some how you don't seem to follow that..

Keep listening to your heart and think with your mind!!!!!!!!!

All the very best in life. Let Passenger just be a curtain raiser.....

:salut: :salut:

Thanks

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 10:52 PM
Thanx a lot Ranjithetta for sharing your valuable time & thoughts with us !!! :hug: :hug: :hug:

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:53 PM
Are we done guys?? Armory empty??

Saroj Kumar
11th August 2009, 10:53 PM
one more question, I believe you admiremammootty more, but i also read your statement "Mohanlal is a dream", so what is your take?

Tony
11th August 2009, 10:53 PM
Thanks Ranjith bhai. All the best for your future works.

It was a very nice discussion with you. :kudi:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:53 PM
7 more mins:)

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:54 PM
can u click a snap on your webcam and post it :wink:

the day is a landmark for SS, will love to have a memoir

Saroj Kumar
11th August 2009, 10:54 PM
I have got more and more questions lined up if you have time.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:54 PM
one more question, I believe you admiremammootty more, but i also read your statement "Mohanlal is a dream", so what is your take?

Both are great actors.I have this unknown affinity for lal since I dont know him at all maybe.
I would luv to make movies with them both.

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 10:55 PM
I have got more and more questions lined up if you have time.
7 more mins left... :nallatha:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:55 PM
6 more mins saroj.
I am back to some workouts oflate.so need to get up early.
sorry:)

Maharshi Mathews
11th August 2009, 10:56 PM
thanks Ranjith sir, chodyamonnum chodichillelum thangalude ella utharangalum kandu.
all the best :)

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:56 PM
can u click a snap on your webcam and post it :wink:

the day is a landmark for SS, will love to have a memoir

i dont have a cam..and i dont have my shirt on:)

sorry!

Saroj Kumar
11th August 2009, 10:57 PM
thanks ranjith bhai, it's often heard that super stars interfere a lot in the movie making process even where they are not needed. in future if it happens with you, what will you do?

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:58 PM
thanks ranjith bhai, it's heard that super stars interfere a lot in the movie making process even where they are not needed. in future if it happens with you, what will you do?

Hypothetic.They will never if u convince them of ur script.

double chankan
11th August 2009, 10:58 PM
i dont have a cam..and i dont have my shirt on:)

sorry!

ok bhai :)

Tony
11th August 2009, 10:58 PM
Both are great actors.I have this unknown affinity for lal since I dont know him at all maybe.
I would luv to make movies with them both.

:thanks::thanks::thanks:

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 10:59 PM
Memoir can be my favorite quote.

Night is longer than Day for those who Dream...
Days are longer for those who make those dreams come true..

LIVE YOUR DREAM GUYS!

Saroj Kumar
11th August 2009, 10:59 PM
thanks again. what made you zero in mamta for the character in passenger? I feel that she is limited capability actress.

~~Meesha Madhavan~~
11th August 2009, 11:00 PM
Here comes mine:

Who are the options you evaluated for the role of Nandan???

is this question missed :questionmark:

Tony
11th August 2009, 11:01 PM
I think its time to wind up the questions.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 11:01 PM
is this question missed :questionmark:

Dileep was not the first choice,but eventually the best choice:)

I watched all movies mamta had done till then and felt she cud play anuradha nandan.

Malayalee
11th August 2009, 11:02 PM
Thnx PFC for ur valuable time.. :kayyadi:

Intelligent answers..

~~Meesha Madhavan~~
11th August 2009, 11:02 PM
Dileep was not the first choice,but eventually the best choice:)



:cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

I believe you are making the next script with a superstar in ur mind...Will u give a try with him if the superstars denies the script in the name of time or will you wait for their time ??

admin
11th August 2009, 11:03 PM
i think that's all for the day....let's wind up....

dear Ranjith thank you very much for sharing your precious time with us. it was really a treat. thanking you on behalf of the whole snehasallapam family. :)

Tony
11th August 2009, 11:03 PM
Thanks to Ranjith Sankar for this exciting chat session.
It was an honour for this forum to have you here.

All the best for your future projects.
Thanks once again.

Ranjith Sankar
11th August 2009, 11:04 PM
Yes,had a great time guys.
Thank you all.
I really wish you take this initiative forward and turn into a true movie lovers community!
All the very best.
Good Night!

~~Meesha Madhavan~~
11th August 2009, 11:07 PM
Thanks PFC :cheers:

admin
11th August 2009, 11:08 PM
forgot to wish all the very best for your future projects and endeavours

pappadam
11th August 2009, 11:08 PM
Yes,had a great time guys.
Thank you all.
I really wish you take this initiative forward and turn into a true movie lovers community! All the very best. Good Night!

Good Night macha :cheers:
Orikkal koodi oraayiram nandi:cheers:

Mallik Bhai
11th August 2009, 11:10 PM
Thanx again ranjith.it ws gr8 reading.thanx2 al who workd bhind th scenes2 make dis hapen.SS ROCKZ!

admin
11th August 2009, 11:12 PM
this is really a milestone. ranjith sankar proves even a lay man among us can be a movie maker some day if he has got the true "passion for cinema"

CiD DaSaN
11th August 2009, 11:12 PM
Thanks PFC for your time and effort...all the best for your future projects...

SS has leaped miles ahead with this programme....neatly done...way to go guys.... ithinte pinnil pravarthicha ellavarkkum :salut:

munshi02
11th August 2009, 11:13 PM
I juz answered that munshi.I became comfortable with them as days progressed.There was no commanding.I juz told them initially what I had in mind for the characters.They were such grt actors to make thomas chako,driver nair etc 200% better than i expected.

thanks ranjith :salute::salute:

Sree
11th August 2009, 11:13 PM
thanks a lot ranjith bhai :thanks:

UdayaBhanU
11th August 2009, 11:14 PM
thaanx director ranjithsankar...& SS team..
ippolanu motham vaayihu hterthathu...

Pankajakshan
11th August 2009, 11:16 PM
Thanks one and all for making this venture a terrific success. !!!

Thanks PFC for ur time and patience.

:ssrocks::ssrocks::ssrocks::ssrocks:

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 11:16 PM
Thanx a ton Ranjith bhai !!! :salut:

Robert Langdon
11th August 2009, 11:16 PM
:ssrocks:

~Saji~
11th August 2009, 11:24 PM
Thans Renjith...it was really a good one....thanks for your time....:cheers:

SS rocks.....

Thanks Tony for intiating this wonderful event..

Pankajakshan
11th August 2009, 11:26 PM
Special thanks admin for all ur support !!!

UdayaBhanU
11th August 2009, 11:29 PM
Well if u have real passion u cant sit idle and wait for an opportunity to come to u.U will march out and create them for u.
THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR U.

dhivameee........:thalakarakkam:

Tony
11th August 2009, 11:35 PM
Thanks PFC for your time and effort...all the best for your future projects...

SS has leaped miles ahead with this programme....neatly done...way to go guys.... ithinte pinnil pravarthicha ellavarkkum :salut:

Thanks CID. We had so many doubts while planning this... but after seeing all the responses from the people, i can say it was a terrific session. its a humble effort to make forum browsing more meaningful.

This is just a start... miles to go...:hurray:

pappadam
11th August 2009, 11:37 PM
Orikkal koodi thanks for Ranjith bhai & Aniyarayil pravarthicha tony & admin mattu ella SS membersinum ..
SS-inu ithodu koodi kurekkodi pakvatha vannirikkunnu
Verum oru forum ennathil ninnum SS oru paadu valarnnirikkunnu:ssrocks:
Iniyulla naalukal SS ntethaanu.. SS - King of Malayalamforums

Jeff
11th August 2009, 11:38 PM
Thanks PFC

Nick Nack
11th August 2009, 11:48 PM
Thanks a lot for your time Ranjith bhai... Really appreciate your taking the time to patiently answer all our questions... On behalf of all SS'ians, wishing you the best in all future endeavours....

Kudos to Tony for this initiative... Hope to interact with many mover successful people of all domains...

Snehasallapam.com has added a new chapter in the history of Malayalam Forums... Kudos admin and all who strived in the background...

Shambu
12th August 2009, 12:29 AM
Awesome .... great effort Tony and Admin....

Ranjithetta... your replies ellaam thanney great... your forum name truly suits you... "Passion For Cinema" ... :) :good:

SS Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:good:

Solomon
12th August 2009, 12:37 AM
thnx ranjith bhai.. nd SS...
it was reallya gud idea.. well planned nd executed..
kudos to admin nd those who were behind it..

a bunch of gud qns.. and replies... :cheers:

navarannan
12th August 2009, 12:39 AM
A great effort indeed...

Congrats to all who worked to make this happen...

Thanks a lot to PFC... Well Polished and sharp answers..

Robert Langdon
12th August 2009, 12:41 AM
@ Admin or Mods, answers ellam first post il Q & A format il idaamo ?

Solomon
12th August 2009, 12:44 AM
Interesting choices frm PFC..

Irakal enna film kandittulla aarum fan aayi povunna script genius K G George..:salut:
director enna nilayil scriptingte nilavarathil ethillengl koodiyum PFC paranja pole kaalaghattathnte chitram varachu kaanicha films thanne aayirunnu majorityum...

Tony
12th August 2009, 12:45 AM
@ Admin or Mods, answers ellam first post il Q & A format il idaamo ?

Athokke venoda? Kure undu...

admin
12th August 2009, 01:27 AM
First & Second posts updated by compiling the answers...

Thanx to Binoy...:)

jayakrishnan
12th August 2009, 01:36 AM
good topic and great going...
good work ...
thanks pfc for the answers...

jayakrishnan
12th August 2009, 01:41 AM
about what PFC said about KG george is great...
if we take 2 movies, yavanika and panchavadippalam...
he taken the right format for these movies...
even now, they can be considered as a reference for new-writers.

Mr.Lonely
12th August 2009, 01:41 AM
Hats off to you PFC for spending ur valuable time with us :)
Special thanks to all who worked behind this :salute:

~Saji~
12th August 2009, 01:46 AM
Interesting choices frm PFC..

Irakal enna film kandittulla aarum fan aayi povunna script genius K G George..:salut:
director enna nilayil scriptingte nilavarathil ethillengl koodiyum PFC paranja pole kaalaghattathnte chitram varachu kaanicha films thanne aayirunnu majorityum...


I agree with this...enkilum..director enna nilayil he is also one of the best. yavanikayile naadaka sankham, panchavadipalathile frames okke realistic to the core aanu..yet entertaining....

~Saji~
12th August 2009, 01:46 AM
good topic and great going...
good work ...
thanks pfc for the answers...

adhikam vaikaathe thumbiyude interview njangal kodukkum..:cheers:

Jeff
12th August 2009, 01:49 AM
A request to admin- Why not create a separate sticky topic where only admin can post. Update this chat session and future chat sessions there!
That would be a standout exclusive topic for this forum

Robert Langdon
12th August 2009, 01:52 AM
A request to admin- Why not create a separate sticky topic where only admin can post. Update this chat session and future chat sessions there!
That would be a standout exclusive topic for this forum
Good suggestion indeed:kidilam:

Tony
12th August 2009, 05:14 AM
adhikam vaikaathe thumbiyude interview njangal kodukkum..:cheers:

:dancing::dancing:

Tony
12th August 2009, 05:14 AM
Thanks to binoy for his effort to compile all the answers.
Thanks admin for the superb support.

Niranjan
12th August 2009, 05:42 AM
Thanks a lot Ranjith Bhai :kidu:

Fontu
12th August 2009, 06:40 AM
thanku very much Ranjith bhai..

Neelan
12th August 2009, 07:45 AM
ranjith bhai thanks a lot for spending time with us ....!!! was a great experience

Sree
12th August 2009, 08:08 AM
A request to admin- Why not create a separate sticky topic where only admin can post. Update this chat session and future chat sessions there!
That would be a standout exclusive topic for this forum


http://www.snehasallapam.com/showthread.php/snehasallapam-with-celebrities-476.html


ithu polaano udheshichathu?

Mallik Bhai
12th August 2009, 08:31 AM
great work compiling the Qs n As in the first page!!! it was a gr8 experience!!!

Jeff
12th August 2009, 08:39 AM
http://www.snehasallapam.com/showthread.php/snehasallapam-with-celebrities-476.html


ithu polaano udheshichathu?

Njan udeshichatu oral matram[Admin or mods] matram post cheyyunna .... Qns and Ans matram compile cheyta[eppol ulla pole] oru thread... with future sessions too...

:kidilam: