Every debutant director may not get the opportunity that Sneha Britto, the youngest filmmaker in K’town, did. First, she got to remake her grandfather and veteran director/producer S.A. Chandra-shekar’s blockbuster, 'Sattam Oru Iruttarai', released 30 years ago. The new version, starring Thaman Kumar, Reemma Sen, Pia Bajpai and Bindhu Madhavi, has been packaged glossily, keeping new-age audiences in mind.
Second, she got to meet Superstar Rajinikanth, who had acted in the Bollywood version of 'Sattam Oru Iruttarai'. “Those were the most cherished moments of my life! I interacted with Rajini sir about the story of Sattam… and why it was a huge hit in all languages. He gave me valuable advice about how dedication and hard work will take one to greater heights.”
The superstar had said, “Some films remain timeless classics like Robin Hood, The Mask of Zorro. Sattam Oru Iruttarai falls in the same category. It had thrill, suspense, revenge and family sentiment, with a taut screenplay. I heard you have made few changes for present-day audiences’ tastes. Keep up your good work.”
When Sneha asked him how to withstand a long run in the industry Rajini said, “Nothing succeeds like success. Be focussed and work hard with utmost dedication without compromising.”
It was easier for her that there was no pressure on her to earn a livelihood — but money was equally important as cinema was, ultimately, a business. The U/A certified film releases on December 14.