Exclusive! Parole Director Dwarakh Raja On His Upcoming Film, How Vijay Sethupathi Came On Board & More

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Exclusive! Parole Director Dwarakh Raja On His Upcoming Film, How Vijay Sethupathi Came On Board & More

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Tamil

oi-Saravanan Palanichamy

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Director
Dwarakh
Raja,
a
promising
Tamil
filmmaker
is
getting
ready
for
the
release
of
his
second
feature
film

Parole
.
The
trailer
has
been
released
already
with
the
Makkal
Selvan
Vijay
Sethupathi’s
voice
over
and
it
created
a
strong
buzz
about
the
film
in
the
industry.
Only
a
few
films
will
gain
audience’s
attention
with
its
interesting
storyline
and

Parole

easily
comes
under
the
category
with
brilliant
actors
Linga
and
RS
Karthik
playing
the
lead
roles.
Amidst
his
busy
post-production
works,
the
director
gave
an
exclusive
interview
with
FilmiBeat
about
his
upcoming
film

Parole
.

Parole


What
is
the
Storyline
of
Parole?

It’s
about
two
brothers
of
Vyasarpadi,
who
are
poles
apart
which
creates
sibling
rivalry.
Elder
brother
Karikalan,
a
potentially
dangerous
killer
by
profession,
is
in
jail
with
double
life
sentence
for
his
criminal
history.
Sudden
and
unexpected
death
of
their
mother
Aarayi,
creates
a
critical
situation
for
younger
brother
Kovalan
to
bring
his
big
brother
Karikalan
out
of
jail.
Whether
Kovalan
really
did
try
to
get
parole
for
Karikalan
with
all
the
hatred
on
him
is
the
crux
of
the
story.
The
story
has
its
own
emotions,
family
drama
and
action
sequences.

Parole


Is
it
based
on
a
true
story?
And
why
did
you
choose
Vyasarpadi?

Yes,
it
is
almost
based
on
a
true
story.
I
went
to
Vyasarpadi
for
the
research
process
for
another
script
of
mine.
There
I
heard
a
glimpse
of
this
storyline
which
was
really
interesting
for
me.
A
mother
died
on
a
Friday
and
her
son
was
in
jail.
He
struggled
a
lot
but
couldn’t
come
out
to
see
his
mother
till
Monday.
Though
I
have
already
completed
3
days
of
shoot
for
that
script,
I
immediately
shelved
it
and
started
working
on
this
line
with
proper
permission
from
my
producer.

Parole


What
is
the
reason
behind
the
pure
Tamil
names
Karikalan,
Kovalan
&
Aarayi
in
Parole?

There’s
an
interesting
story
behind
it.
In
Vyasarpadi
there
are
three
major
localities
named
as
A-Kalyanapuram,
B-Kalyanapuram
and
C-Kalyanapuram.
A-Kalyanapuram
is
an
area
where
all
the
local
people
belong
to
the
political
party
Dravida
Munnetra
Kazhagam
for
many
years.
During
the
period
of
Kalaignar
Karunanidhi,
he
used
to
name
the
children
in
the
locality.
Since
he
is
great
Tamil
Scholar,
he
chose
names
for
the
children
only
from
famous
Tamil
Literature
works.
I
heard
about
this
real
story
and
incorporated
in
my
character
names
such
as
Karikalan
and
Kovalan.
In
fact,
I
know
two
real
brothers
in
person
there
with
the
same
names
Karikalan
and
Kovalan.
But
this
is
not
their
story.
And
I
got
the
name
Aarayi
from
Karupar
Nagaram
written
by
Karan
Karki.

Parole


Tell
us
about
your
actors
who
played
major
characters
in
your
upcoming
film
Parole

Linga
played
Karikalan
in

Parole
.
I
know
him
for
a
long
time.
We
became
thick
friends
from
the
first
day
shoot
of
my
first
short
film.
He
did
a
character
role
in
my
first
feature
film

Kadhal
Kasakuthaiya
.
After
which
I
completed
my
second
script
and
approached
Linga
for
the
lead
role.
He
said
yes
for
that
as
well,
but
I
shelved
the
film
as
I
told
already
and
came
up
with

Parole

script.
Again
my
first
choice
was
Linga.
I
wrote
Kovalan
character
keeping
him
in
mind
but
after
watching
his
performance
in

Sindubad
,
I
changed
my
mind
and
made
him
as
Karikalan.
He
always
believed
in
me
and
gave
his
best.
RS
Karthik
was
a
sudden
surprise
for
me.
Many
of
the
actors
whom
I
asked
for
Kovalan
were
not
ready
to
do
it
since
the
character
has
a
grey
shade
in
it.
Actually
Kovalan
is
a
good-hearted
person
but
the
situation
around
him
portrayes
him
as
a
villain.
And
it
is
very
difficult
to
pull
off
the
character
on
screen.
But
Karthik,
who
is
such
an
energetic
person
by
nature
transformed
a
lot
to
play
the
totally
contrasting
role
of
Kovalan
with
minimal
expressions
and
subtle
yet
powerful
body
language.
We
also
searched
a
lot
for
the
mother
role
Aarayi.
We
were
looking
for
a
good
performer
as
well
as
a
fresh
face
for
the
role
since
we
had
some
bold
and
challenging
sequences
for
her
in
the
script.
And
luckily
we
got
Janaki,
a
brilliant
actor
who
then
got
famous
with
her
role
of
Ajith
Kumar’s
sister-in-law
in
Valimai.
Vinothini
Vaidhiyanathan
is
a
famous
and
busy
artist
already.
I
approached
her
for
a
judge
role
with
only
one
scene.
But
she
asked
me
to
narrate
full
script
and
based
on
her
own
interest
she
chose
to
play
this
advocate
character.
Then
I
re-wrote
the
character
again
and
she
loved
it.
Finally,
it
took
7
days
for
us
to
complete
her
portions
and
she
just
nailed
it
beyond
our
expectations.
Monisha
and
Kalpika
played
the
female
leads
for
Kovalan
and
Karikalan
respectively.
I
selected
them
for
their
expressive
eyes
and
they
did
their
job
really
well.
Both
of
them
were
already
known
faces
in
Tamil
and
Telugu
films.
Though
Monisha
had
minimal
scenes
in
the
film,
she
will
create
her
own
place
in
the
industry
soon
with
her
brilliant
performance.
Kalpika
worked
hard
for
almost
a
month
to
prepare
and
bring
out
the
Sourashtra
slang
for
her
role
in
this
film.
Apart
from
them,
we
have
introduced
nearly
30
new
faces
in
the
film.

Parole


How
Makkal
Selvan
Vijay
Sethupathi
came
on-board
this
project?

Vijay
Sethupathi
watched

Parole

during
the
shoot
break
of
Vikram
and
he
loved
it.
We
approached
him
for
the
voice
over
of
an
opening
and
end
narration
sequence
in
the
film.
He
immediately
said
he
will
do
it
and
it
was
a
great
gift
for
us.
He
never
failed
to
support
good
films
and
upcoming
talents.

Parole


What
do
you
expect
from
an
actor?

I
will
always
look
out
for
actors
who
could
carry
the
perfect
emotions
through
eyes.
I
will
say
Linga
is
the
best
in
it
and
identified
his
promising
talent
on
the
first
day
shoot
of
my
short
film
Vellai
Pookal,
which
happened
almost
10
years
back.
Then
I
will
see
the
physical
appearance
and
re-write
the
character
for
the
actor
if
needed.

Parole


What
kind
films
you
want
to
do?

I
want
to
tell
stories
that
inspire
me
in
my
own
perspective,
satisfying
the
current
generation
audience.
I’m
an
atheist
but
I
won’t
forcefully
write
my
characters
as
atheists.
I
never
wanted
to
write
my
films
based
on
my
personal
interests
and
ideologies.
For
me,
the
story
should
be
interesting
and
of
course
I
will
focus
on
the
morality
of
my
characters.
And
I
will
always
look
for
a
classical
quality
in
my
stories.
In

Parole
,
the
misunderstanding
between
the
siblings
gave
me
that
quality
and
I
played
a
lot
with
it.
Mother
Aarayi
will
be
the
only
one
for
them
to
control
their
emotions
and
suddenly
when
she
dies,
the
plot
automatically
takes
its
own
mileage.
It
will
easily
get
connected
to
the
audience
and
it
adds
more
weightage
to
the
drama
in
the
film.

Parole


Who
are
the
important
technicians
in
Parole?

Debut
music
composer
Rajkumar
did
an
extraordinary
work
in
the
film.
He
was
a
programmer
with
composer
Dharan
Kumar
and
I
know
him
from
my
first
film

Kadhal
Kasakuthaiya
.
Our
choice
of
music
was
almost
same.
We
tried
to
bring
a
western
element
in
the
music
and
he
sent
me
a
lot
of
demo
tracks
over
a
period
of
one
year
for
the
film

Parole
.
Based
on
the
suspense
carried
out
in
his
music,
I
re-edited
the
film
to
hold
the
suspense
in
visuals
too.
There
are
six
songs
in
the
album
but
we
will
have
it
as
bits
and
pieces
in
the
film.
Only
one
song
will
be
used
fully
in
the
film.

Also
for
cinematographer
Mahesh
Thirunavukarasu,
this
is
the
debut
film.
He
worked
as
associate
cinematographer
in
my
previous
film.
Both
of
us
are
basically
from
Perambur.
We
have
grown-up
hearing
stories
of
Vyasarpadi
and
Integral
Coach
Factory.
So
it
was
very
comfortable
working
with
him.
Editor
Munees
is
doing
his
second
film
with
me
after

Kadhal
Kasakuthaiya
.
We
followed
a
complete
non-linear
style
of
editing
for

Parole
.
Since
there
are
lot
of
characters
and
almost
all
them
were
fresh
faces,
it
is
the
job
of
the
editor
to
make
it
more
easy
for
the
audience
to
understand
the
film.
We
also
have
three
timelines
for
the
story
and
Munees
did
a
tremendous
work.


What
is
your
advice
to
upcoming
filmmakers?

My
first
film
didn’t
do
well
at
the
box-office.
I
didn’t
get
a
proper
producer
for
my
next
film.
I
tried
for
almost
4
years
and
planned
to
go
for
a
9
to
6
job
due
to
some
financial
situations.
But
my
friend
and
producer
of
this
film
believed
in
me
and
asked
me
to
come
up
with
a
script
in
a
given
budget.
I
have
seen
a
lot
of
Anurag
Kashyap
videos
and
started
working
on
a
reverse
process.
We
chose
good
actors
at
the
first
step
and
then
we
identified
locations
near
Vyasarpadi,
where
I
have
a
lot
of
friends
who
could
help
me
get
permissions
to
shoot
without
any
problem.
Then
I
wrote
the
script
for

Parole

within
the
given
budget
and
my
producer
liked
it.
So
this
reverse
process
worked
for
me
and
we
are
ready
with
our
film
now.

Story first published: Friday, September 16, 2022, 16:26 [IST]

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