‘Kanchivaram’ my best work yet: PriyadarshanOctober 30th, 2008 - 8:18 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Oct 30 (IANS) Multilingual movie director Priyadarshan describes his critically acclaimed Tamil “Kanchivaram” as his best work yet.”To date, it is my best work - the first as a political comment. It has attracted the attention of critics the world over in all the film festivals where it was shown,” Priyadarshan told reporters late Wednesday.
Set in the period between 1942 and 1957, “Kanchivaram” discusses accentuated caste issues that controlled the society during the latter period of the independence struggle and post independence in the country’s best known town for silk saris.
The director had earlier said that the movie was a realistic explanation of communism’s failure to take roots in India.
“In this movie, I have given a threadbare analysis as to why communism failed not only in India, but the world over. Preaching lofty ideals is one thing, but practising them is an altogether different thing. This film will expose the soft underbelly of communism in a simple form,” Priyadarshan said.
“Kanchivaram” is the first Tamil film to be selected in the competition section of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), starting Nov 22 in Goa.
Actor Prakash Raj, who plays the main protagonist in the movie, says it is his major contribution to the art form.
“Set in an era when caste divisions virtually decided the lives of the hoi polloi - especially amongst silk weavers, I gave it the best shot of my life,” Raj said.
Priyadarshan has directed over 35 films in Malayalam and Hindi. Currently, he is involved with two major Hindi projects — “Biloo Barber”, a remake of Malayalam hit “Katha Paryumbol” starring Shah Rukh Khan and “Pirate”, which features Kunal Khemu, Deepika Padukone and Paresh Rawal in the lead.