Vipul Shah wanted me to do the Hindi adaptation of my film 'Kaakha Kaakha.' I declined the offer.
I understand the angst of a filmmaker.
Even though I love Hindi films, I don't remember any backdrop visuals that are really striking.
Bollywood is a different ballgame. I am quite used to Tamil and Telugu films.
You need stars to create the buzz and bring audiences to the cinemas.
I go straight into shooting with a script that's 80 per cent complete and I wait for my characters to grow on me before I finalise the climax.
Though I have an idea about the climax, it always changes when we start shooting.
I may have got a little carried away and many critics found fault with some aspects of the film, but as a coming of age film of a character, 'Vaaranam Ayiram' worked with the audience.
I think I have made too many cop films.
If I am going to be afraid of the criticisms that my films get, I am never going to make films.
I don't read the reviews because it somewhere affects my work. If some critic doesn't like a movie, I can't keep his criticisms in mind the next time I am making a film. Even if someone writes a great review about my film, I don't want to be affected by it.
The Tamil audience is more receptive to unusual endings.
Even bigger directors like Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma have faced flak, that doesn't mean they've shied away from filmmaking.
I'm not a big fan of fantasy; I'd rather watch 'Desperate Housewives' than 'Game of Thrones.'
Today, most big stars want scripts to be written in a particular way, show them in a certain light. They want people to like them for various reasons. It's all about how much people will like me in this film than about whether it's a good film or not.
The only aspect I'd probably change in some of my films is the death of the heroine. I wish I'd kept some of them alive.
I understand that bureaucracy, hierarchy and managing politics is not easy.
One reason why I've taken 11 years to make my second Hindi film is because I am comfortable working with the stars in the South, as they are with me.
And I'm not homophobic.
It is in college that one gathers confidence as the mind is open to ideologies.