The film came about as director Atlee knew me and liked my work. He had asked me to edit Raja Rani when he signed Nayanthara and Theri when he got Ilayathalapathy Vijay on board. His friendship was a great help as I was part of the team from the scripting stage itself, which is a process I now like to follow.
There was a lot of footage for Theri, but Atlee gave me the freedom to reduce the length of songs, scenes and action sequences. We had a few healthy arguments, but eventually agreed on what was right for the film.
Vijay sir happened to see some of the sequences I had worked on. He is a man of few words, but even he said, ‘Awesome, very good’ and smiled at me. I was elated.
Only a few actors can make an editor cry while watching the rushes, when the film is still raw, before the background music is added and the dubbing is done. His performance in the scene in which Samantha dies moved me to tears.