‘For an actor, getting Mani Ratnam film is like going to Harvard’
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.
Dulquer Salman has worked with Mani Ratnam in O Kadhal Kanmani (2015)
Filmmaker Mani Ratnam