‘For an ac­tor, get­ting Mani Rat­nam film is like go­ing to Har­vard’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - CITY | ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Dul­quer Sal­man, who worked with Mani Rat­nam in O Kad­hal Kan­mani (2015), says that for any ac­tor to work with the ac­claimed film­maker is like go­ing to the world’s top uni­ver­sity. The son of Malay­alam cinema su­per­star Mam­mootty re­calls that he has been around Rat­nam’s sets since he was a child, and fre­quently vis­ited his dad when he was work­ing with the di­rec­tor for Tha­la­p­athi (1991).

“It was amaz­ing. My dad and Mani Rat­nam sir have met sev­eral times even af­ter Tha­la­p­athi and dis­cussed sev­eral films. They be­came very close while do­ing Iru­var (1997). I have seen Mani sir around my house a lot and his of­fice is lit­er­ally very close to my house in Chen­nai,” Dul­quer shares.

When Dul­quer fi­nally sat to work with the di­rec­tor him­self, he was “su­per in­tim­i­dated” by him.

“With Mani sir, you kind of have to have things to talk about or get re­ally silent. He doesn’t talk at all, so there was a mo­ment in be­tween the shots and I was sit­ting next to him and I am like ‘Say some­thing, any­thing, come up with some­thing clever’, and there is the deaf­en­ing si­lence. I was sure he was run­ning through the scenes in his head. Get­ting Mani sir’s film, for an ac­tor, is like get­ting into Har­vard or some­thing... Get­ting cast or get­ting a call is like some kind of ac­com­plish­ment. Some­where your work is be­ing no­ticed or you have been do­ing some­thing,” adds the ac­tor, who is work­ing across dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

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Dul­quer Sal­man has worked with Mani Rat­nam in O Kad­hal Kan­mani (2015)

Film­maker Mani Rat­nam

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