Irandaam Kuththu director explains the conflict after Bharathiraja's angry statement
A film that created a huge debate upon its release in 2018, director Santhosh P. Jayakumar's Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kutthu starring Gautham Karthik, Yashika Aannand, Vaibhavi Shandilya, Chandrika Ravi and Shah Ra turned out to be a success at the box office. Now, its sequel, Irandam Kuththu's first look poster was unveiled last week, with a raunchy teaser as well getting released on Wednesday, which stirred up a huge talk on social media. Santhosh P. Jayakumar, who directed 2018's IAMK is making his acting debut in the upcoming film, which also includes Karishma Kaul, Akrithi Singh, Meenal Sahu, Daniel Annie Pope , Rajendiran, Ravi Maria, Chaams, TSK, Singam Puli, Swaminathan, Shalu Shamu in supporting roles.
Post the release of the promotional material of Irandaam Kuththu, six-time National Award-winning director Bharathiraja lashed out at the film requesting the government and the censor board to take a stern decision. Santhosh P. Jayakumar later that day responded in a tweet referring to the content in Bharathiraja's 1981 crime-mystery film, Tik Tik Tik, starring Kamal Haasan, Madhavi, Swapna and Radha in the lead roles. Now, in an exclusive interview with Galatta, Irandaam Kuththu director and hero Santhosh P. Jayakumar has given his own take and explanation on the conflict.
Santhosh stated, "You can say that cinema is like a family. Bharathiraja sir is now almost 80 years old and I'm a thirty year old. Between us, there's a 50-year age difference. He's like a grandfather to me and I'm like his grandson. In this cinema family, I put up a sarcastic tweet referring to what all he had done to come up. I shouldn't have replied, but I'm young blood and responded. We first started making family-oriented films, then watched the films being made in other states and remade them. After that, we noticed Hollywood films and emulated the same and are now doing films in world standards. As I said cinema is like a family and there's a problem between the grandfather and the grandson, which I will explain with an example."
He added, "Now, imagine I'm in love with a girl and my grandfather has caste-based feelings. When I say caste, I'm referring to it as a genre. My grandfather is angry that I fell in love with a girl from another caste/religion/state/country. I have brought that girl to our place - what I mean is 'adult horror comedy' - that's the genre. My grandfather is firmly opposing the marriage and saying he won't allow it. Usually, our friends help us for our love. Likewise, there will be so many family members, who will support the grandfather and some others will stand for the grandson. This is all that's happening. There's really no need to make this a serious issue at all."
Watch Santhosh P. Jayakumar speak in detail about Irandaam Kuththu in the video below:
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