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‘I put my friendship with Rahman on line’

DNMUM431564 | 2/10/2019 | Author : Yogesh Pawar | WC :715

It’s taken Rajiv Menon 18 years to make Sarvam Thaala Mayam (STM). Yogesh Pawar caught up with the filmmaker to discuss why...
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Your reaction to the response to STM?
I’d felt STM may work with A-centres but the ecstatic response all over is beyond anything I imagined - I’m overwhelmed. I knew audiences would react to the hero. But here they’re reacting to his guru’s much older character. In a sense, its brought back hope to write about a 70-year-old and hold audiences. It also underlines how you don’t have to only make films about love for youth.

Your take on the teacher-student equation’s very different.
The guru is not some 2D character. S/he is invested in the disciple. It can mean being harsh. I’ve seen it happen with my widowed-at-37 mom. Her guru would really lash out, making her cry if she wasn’t giving it her best.
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