Sasikumar first broke onto the Tamil film scene with his the 2008 low-budget film Subramaniyapuram (2008) that won him significant critical praise with many calling it one of the strongest directorial debuts in recent memory. Since then, he directed another feature – Easan (2010), and has starred in several Tamil films, including Asuravadham (2018) which released last week. In our interview with the artist, we asked him to name some of his favourite films by directors he looks up to. Here are his picks:
Amongst Mahendran sir’s films, I love 2 films specifically. One is Mullum Malarum, obviously. He portrayed Rajini sir in a completely different way. I used to love that Kali character that Rajni sir portrayed. The second film is Nandu.
Another film of Mahendran which I loved was Udhiri Pookal. Vijayan sir’s character in that movie was really amazing. Especially that climax scene of that movie impressed me a lot. In that, an entire town had cornered him and he’d deliver a dialogue. I used to love that dialogue because that one dialogue summarised the entire plot of the film – it was something along the lines of – “Idhu vara naan dhan kettavan nenachen, ippo theridhu neengalum kettavanga aaiteenga nu” (I thought I was the bad guy, but now I have realised that all of you have become bad guys).