Karthick Naren On The 5 Films That Taught Him Direction

From Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho to Christopher Nolan's thriller, The Prestige (2006) - here are the director's cinematic influences


Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Mani Ratnam’s film taught me about the aftertaste of films. That is the one factor we have to be very conscious about. Nolan said in an interview that the ending of a film is important, because after a film is over, our mind will take five minutes to process what we just saw. That’s why we have to get to the ending first before we get to the beginning, he said. In Kannathil Muthamittal, that aftertaste was really strong when Nandita Das walks away after the confrontation and there’s a freeze frame where the three of them are under an umbrella and the song Vellai Pookal starts. The way in which emotions were conveyed in that film was top-notch.

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