I'm not sure about the pandemic scenario but for me, it's my second release after my debut which was 3 years back. Honestly, we did not expect the film to be a theatrical release. We thought this would only make it to an OTT platform but post a particular screening session the decision to plan a theatrical release was made.
Moreover, I wanted to work in this particular movie for the team that comprised Nalan Kumarsamy & Vijay Sethupathi. I was very anxious before the release. But it's all been good since the release & I heard some really close friends giving me positive feedback.
For artists does the size of the screen (theatre vs OTT) make a difference in their approach?
For me, it doesn't make much of a difference. I'm not sure of others. However, based on the scenario, the reach is altered. During the lockdown OTTs had a better reach while on a normal day, theatre opens up the film to a wider range of audience.
An anthology is a narrative technique that can be very crucial as a particular film's impact can be carried forward to another (your) film. How do you see the format of films that are anthologies?
I like anthologies & especially if it's on an OTT platform, it gives the viewer convenience to watch a film, pause, take a break and then resume to watch the next film. As a viewer, it works well but as a performer, it's a different ball game. One wants more time to deliver an impactful performance. You wish that the backstories of each character are put out & a more definitive climax is shown. Short-form content though interesting restricts us on a few levels. It is not about the screen time but about the time we get to narrate the story.
Talking about the impact of one film bleeding on another, it is inevitable. We always tend to compare and that's how it is. For me, in Paava Kadhaigal the first & the last films worked better. You always tend to pick some out of the lot. I think it might be a challenge for the filmmakers more than for the actors. If like-minded directors come on board for an anthology, even that problem can be resolved.
Let's talk about the impact the lockdown/pandemic had on your approach to work.
For me, Kutty Story is only my second film after Aruvi. I don't know if it's the impact of the pandemic but I have become more open to involving myself in more projects. I have calmed myself down, eased the nervousness and loosened up a bit.