“It is very difficult for me to name just five directors, and I cannot rank them as everyone is equal, and I have learnt something from each of them. I can talk about a lot of young directors as well, but these five directors will always be the ones who guide, inspire and control me when I write scripts.”
I love all his films, especially Eyes Wide Shut. This is because I learnt the importance of the ‘thesis’ for a script, and how to create characters and dialogues.
I love his Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. The main thing I learnt from him is the technique of using landscapes as a metaphor in a film.
His debut film Knife in the Water is my all-time favourite film. He is an extraordinary director who shows the intimacy between a man and a woman in a gripping way, and from a spy’s point of view. I also learnt to find conflicts between the characters and many others from him.
Balumahendra, my director
I learnt how to make a film in a minimal way, after watching his Veedu.
I grew up in a city like Coimbatore, and I saw rural areas only through his films. His films gave me the confidence to bring to screen such characters.