In Conversation with MadhumitaJul 3, 2008 Mythily Ramachandran
Madhumita made her debut into films with 'Vallamai Thaarayo,' starring Parthiban and Chaaya Singh in the lead. A native of Chennai, Madhumita moved to Indonesia with her parents, S.Sundararaman, (former stage and television actor) and S. Nalini, (a former movie critic) when she was eight years old.
She did her graduation in Singapore and specialized in Film Directing at New York Film Academy, Hollywood. Her first short film won the BBC award in the 'Best of the World Category.' At Hollywood, she produced another short film, 'Yours Affectionately,' which was screened at Warner Bros Premier theatre, besides being nominated for 'Best International Short film,' by Cine India International film festival.
Madhumita was offered a job at Universal Studios but her home, Chennai beckoned her. For some time, she assisted Gautam Menon on the sets of Pachaikili Muthucharam and was involved in the post production work of 'Vettayadu Vilayadu.'
Madhumita spoke to Mythily Ramachandran on her journey into filmdom.
First, why films?
After my schooling, I was interested in fashion designing and film making. Since I am poor at drawing I chose film making.
What were the challenges in making 'Vallamai Thaarayo?'
I had apprehensions about working with experienced actors and technicians. I was not sure how they would take instructions from a debut director. But everyone was very co-operative and there was no gender discrimination. I spent more time on the pre-production work and everything was well planned. I enjoyed working on this film.
Why did you choose Chaaya Singh?
Chaaya has done a fantastic job in the film. I was impressed with her performance in the song, kumbida pona deivam, in the film Tirupachi. I saw my Nandita in her. Chaaya is an under rated actress.
Tell us about your experience in Hollywood.
It was more practical driven at Hollywood. I worked on the making of the 'Pirates of the Carribean-3' and similar field work where you learn all aspects of film making.
And your short film, 'Yours Affectionately.'
Yes. I always wanted to do a children's film, to narrate a story from a child's perspective. This film revolves around an orphaned child. He is adopted by his uncle and aunty who are sweet people but he rejects them.
How supportive has your family been?
My parents have always encouraged me. My husband, Vijay Venkataraman is a freelance editor based in Los Angeles. He came down to help me in the making of the film and is its technical director.
Your future projects?
There have been offers to do a Tamil and a Telegu film. I intend learning Telegu so that I do justice to the film.
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