Aparna Pillai takes to direction

Actress Aparna, who quit films post her marriage, is a busy business woman producing several television programs including Anjarai Petti. A passionate classical dancer who continues to hold dance shows, she has now taken the new avatar of a director. She is creative head and the director of Aayiratthil Oruvan, a reality game show on the lines of Suriya’s Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi, which is aired on Zee Tamizh.

With the title derived from the legendary MGR’s blockbuster movie, didn’t she have apprehensions about living up toexpectations?

“Yes, I am fully aware that it is Thalaivar’s (MGR) title, but I believed that the product had so much value. Even as I developed the concept, I was aware of my responsibility. I was very sincere about what I wanted to give back to the society, something that the iconic star and politician is known for. AO is basically of the people, by the people and for the people. It is a contestant-based show and we see to it that 99 percent of them do not go empty-handed.”

Aparna admits that it was tough and challenging to direct, but is happy that she is getting a good response for all her hard work.

Producer/actor Subbu Panchu is hosting a show on telly for the very first time. “AO is basically a fun quiz show where one need not be brainy to answer the questions. It is for the common man, whose dreams are small,” he says.

Reacting to a query about being pitted against Suriya, the actor was all smiles. “Suriya is someone phenomenal — even though I produced his second film Poovellam Kettu Paar. Even in terms of the concept and design, Aayiratthil … is totally different. I knew that people would ask this question, and that’s precisely why I avoided wearing a suit on the show,” he laughs.

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