Arun Kathick is an indie filmmaker. With two films under his belt, the filmmaker has already made a name for himself. His first film Sivapuranam followed the tale of a loner. He second film Nasir has achieved critical acclaim. It was nominated the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Tiger Award and is the winner of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award for the Best Asian Film
In a recent interview indie filmmaker, Arun Karthick spoke about his experience in the indie film making space. Here's what he had to say.
Talking about mainstream cinema, he said that the films are still focused on the stars of the films. He added that the filmmakers should stop taking the audience for a ride. He says that he always looks out for good mainstream films too. He saw and appreciated the Malayalam film Ayyappanum Koshiyum. He added, "we don't get to see such stories in Tamil."
Talking about the same town settings of his films, he said that Tamil Cinema lacks representation of small towns. He says, " It is not necessary to be in Chennai to make films. There are many small-town stories— like the clash between the traditions and modernism in such places. Also, all the towns now look like cities. This representation is missing in the mainstream."
He also spoke of how he likes to collaborate with artists and technicians whom he looks up to. He says that he usually meets technicians at film festivals. He adds that the Tamil Mainstream Cinema might have good technicians in terms of logistics and working patterns of Tamil cinema but it is not the same with sound. So he says he like to works with people he meets at film festivals. He stated that " Most of them I have worked with come from an academic background and they are experienced. They add value to your work and bring in new perspectives."
To conclude the filmmaker said that one does not really need a degree to make films. But one to be willing to learn the "nuts and bolts" of the trade. He also added, "cinema is business; I am not denying that." A filmmaker should learn how to work the market too.