Stepping into cinema is not an easy task. All of that requires a creative mind. Above all, a director must first know how to tell a story. After that he must have worked as an assistant director.
You can become a director only with that experience. But surprisingly…Lokesh Kanagaraj is the director without being an assistant director. Let’s see the background of his success.
4 years since the release of the first film. A story recorded in 2013. Released in 2017. That is how much he believes in that story. He carved and carved the story. That was the first film. City.
His hometown is Kinathukkadavu on Pollachi Coimbatore Road. He had an insatiable interest in telling stories at an early age in school. He used to tell stories to his friends while going to school.
Back then, we used to put everything on VCD and watch movies. Moreover, he will often watch only 3 films. Satya, Vikram, Tik Tik Tik are all the films of Ulaganayagan Kamal.
Lokesh would often ask shopkeepers to rent these films. At one point he got tensed and told him to keep these 3 pictures.
He grew up watching movies and telling stories at an early age. He never had that thought. It was only when he was in his early 20s that he got the idea of becoming a director.
But for him in that condition we are now studying… where to leave this? After completing his MBA, he went to work in a bank.
After doing a good job in the bank for four years, he was not interested in it. His interest turned to cinema only because he was interested in telling stories. But he couldn’t quit his job. He thought he wanted to see his family. So I did not work as an assistant director for anyone.
It was during that period that the short film was released. All the films of Nanal Kumaraswamy and Karthik Subbaraj came out. After the success of this short film, all of them stepped into cinema as directors.
He thought what if we also make a short film like this. Friends also encouraged. The bank manager also helped him by giving him money for his short film idea.
In this situation, they arrange marriage for him at home. It was during this time that Lokesh made a short film titled Achcham Pai.
This film went to the short film festival where his film won. Director Karthik Subbaraj was the moderator for the ceremony. He asked Lokesh, Yoo…does your style of making look good…don’t leave it like that. He told him to stop and gave him the award.
Then he started doing a lot of corporate films. He took a small video for them. Through this his making skills improved. Next he directed a short film called Kalam. After seeing this SR Prabhu said your making is very good. Tell me if you have a story. He says we can make a film.
Lokesh also comes with interest and tells his 20 minutes story. That is the climax of the saga. I have this story. Tell me if you like it. I developed the rest.
Good story. You have nowhere else to go. S.R. Prabhu says you will develop it for me. Now I have prepared the whole story after consulting with my friends. He also recorded this. SR Prabhu also said OK. This happened in 2013.
At that time, the date of puja was over. Resign the bank job on the previous day itself. Artist Select in 2014. Shooting will begin in 2015. In 2016, the first coffee with this film is ready. This movie is releasing in 2017.
It was his assistant directors who looked after him for these four years. Mahanagaram will release in 2017. The movie got good reviews and became a mega hit. All the directors and all the actors look up to him.
4 angle….3 problem….2 love movie is awesome. The film was shot in 415 locations. 6 people have been selected for the minor character in this film. 615 people were invited for that. Lokesh Kanagaraj directed this movie with this much in mind.
One day he goes to the hotel for lunch. There he sees the news paper. The 2-line message in it was touching to him and it became a prisoner. After that came the films like Master, Vikram.