Samuthirakani on Manjummel Boys: ‘We don’t support small Tamil films, I have to beg people to release my film’

webnexttech | Samuthirakani on Manjummel Boys: ‘We don’t support small Tamil films, I have to beg people to release my film’

Director-actor Samuthirakani, known for his films Nadodigal and Saattai, has expressed his disappointment and anger towards Tamil theatre owners, distributors, and audiences for not encouraging small Tamil films while celebrating similar Malayalam films and re-releases. Samuthirakani, an erstwhile assistant director of K Balachander, made his debut as a director but later became a bankable actor. While he is acting in multiple films across languages, he has stopped directing films. When asked about the same, Samuthirakani said that he is fed up with making films as it has become tough to release them. “I used to keep making small films as I can’t be idle. But these days, it has become hard to reach the audience. We put in a lot of effort and money and make films with happiness, but the same feeling doesn’t last when it is released. Theatre owners and distributors are not ready to support such good small Tamil films. I had to beg them to take up my film,” he told a YouTube channel. “While Malayalam films like Manjummel Boys are getting screens and are received well here, our small Tamil films, which are equally good, don’t get the reception. Now, Pranav Mohanlal’s film is getting released here, and theatres are already booked. But I have to literally plead to release my movies. Due to this problem, I have decided to not make small films. I will do big projects, or will just stand aside with tied hands,” Samuthirakani added. He was asked about the good reception received by his previous films like Subramaniapuram. The director said, “One has to support and encourage the newborn baby. A well-grown child is going to be fine anyway. What’s the use of showing everyone that is already a success? Re-releases are given to theatres because the owners know it will be profitable. After Manjummel Boys, they will release Guna again because they know it will work.” On the work front, Samuthirakani is busy promoting his recent release Yavaram Vallavari, directed by AP Rajendra Chakravarathy. He is part of Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2 and Ram Charan’s Game Changer.

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