A girl from our own Nilgiris district who has become the dream girl of many since her debut in the Malayalam film 'premium'. Many want to see her in a Tamil film, but the offers she turned down recently include Maniratnam's 'Kaattru Veliyidai' and Thala Ajith's 'AK57'. Rumor has it that she is the chosen one in the A.R. Rahman musical directed by Rajiv Menon starring G.V, Prakash Kumar.
The film features nine women - home-makers, architects, designers, artists - talking about how they are expected to follow societal norms to conform to a certain body type, shape and structure, in order to be considered beautiful or fashionable. It features a teenager, and goes through age groups up to the age of 55 and also features the views of a cross dresser. The film was uploaded on YouTube three weeks ago. Men haven’t been featured in the film, so does Nandith believe they don’t have body image issues? “Of course they do. But I felt it would be better to go with women’s perspectives because it is far wider and women are so particular about what they want to wear,” laughs Nandith. This is his first independent production, having assisted filmmaker Rajiv Menon on a short -, and photographer Shibu Arakkal for three years.
In the business for over two decades,Rajiv Menon’s mainstream contribution has been limited, restrained, and yet sophisticated enough to leave a lasting impact on Tamil Cinema. Picking up the camera for a select few ventures, especially with Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon has given us a better visual treat with each attempt.
A cinematographer loves to focus. A storyteller finds the need to explore and wander. Rajiv Menon loves this duality. He loves to put himself out there between polar opposites and get sucked into the conflict.