You just have to. There's no other option. Learning is forever, when it comes to acting, cinema in general or even handling things in life. NOTA taught me a lot of things yes, but it's not just that and I believe every film that you do brings you the learnings subconsciously. It's also important to sit down and retrospect on what went right and what could have gone better.
I was actually blown away by that note you put out few days after the release of NOTA. I never thought anybody in the south would have the balls to do that.
I don't exactly remember what I wrote, but it was just my bunch of emotions on that day. These are the kinds of things that you can't point out whether they are right or wrong. It was in me, and I didn't want to hold it in. I just told myself to go ahead and put it out, rest we shall see later.
What is so special about Dear Comrade and why is it important at this turn of your career?
Dear Comrade is a honest story. This is a film that could have been done in three to four crores, but we made it in 30 crores, including all the languages. It could have even been pushed to 60, but we felt this was right. It is not a film of scale, but of emotions. A boy, a girl and the fight for what you love, that's all the film is about. Our cinematographer, music director, editor and our heroine all come from different industries, and we thought that it would be better if it came out in all the languages.
When you see the film, you will realize that you knew a guy like Bobby. Also, every girl that I know has had a journey like Lilly. It's overwhelming how we have received such a towering response across all the South Indian states. We also have had enquiries from the north, but this is a film that has a lot of south in it. We have put in a lot of effort for the music across all the languages and the dubbing as well.