‘I was mesmerised by the way he emoted the scenes before me’
By V Haripriya
When Era. Murukan met Kamal Hassan at the condolence meet of his mentor, writer Sujatha, little did he know that he will be summoned to write dialogues for Ulaganagayan’s film very soon. The principal consultant with HCL BPO says he never dreamt of entering tinsel town.“I still remember the day I got myself introduced to Kamal Hassan. I was really surprised when the actor said he was planning to get in touch with me,” says Murukan, the dialogue director for Kamal’s upcoming flick Unnai Pol Oruvan. The movie is inspired from Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday, and has Kamal Hassan and Mohanlal playing the roles of Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher respectively.
Scripting dialoguesMurukan Ramasami, better known as Era. Murukan in the literary world, is kicked about his new status. “After finishing my first draft, I met Kamal Hassan in the conference room of his Alwarpet office,” he exclaims. “Kamal went through the lines and started enacting. I was mesmerised by the way he emoted the scenes before me – the very moment. I was so absorbed that I forgot to note down the corrections he made in the draft.”
Besides, writing a number of short stories, novels and poetries, Murukan has also written books on Information Technology in Tamil. His novel Ghosts of Arasur was short-listed for the prestigious Crossword Award. In fact, Murukan was called to assist Kamal Hassan while he was writing script for Marmayogi.
About juggling his profession and passion, Murukan says, “I did take a couple of days off from work to be at the shooting spot. When the shooting was on in Hyderabad, I dropped in on every weekend to assist the crew members. Now that the crew is in Chennai, I hope things will be easy for me.”
Working with Mohanlal? “He is a great actor and a very humble person. Any doubts in dialogues, he would clear it with me sincerely. It was an unforgettable experience to work with the two mega stars.”
Sensitive penTalking about the reason behind changing the title from Thalaivan Irukkiran to Unnai Pol Oruvan, Murukan says, “Kamal is an ardent fan of writer Jayakanthan, whose movie of the same title won the President’s award (third prize) in The Best Regional film category. Since this film is about a common man, Kamal Hassan felt that Unnai Pol Oruvan would be more appropriate.”
“We are not making a scene-to-scene remake of A Wednesday. Changes have been made in the script to suit the Tamil and Telugu audience,” says Murukan.
So, how important is the role of a dialogue-writer? “The person should be sensitive. He should know where to silence his pen. There will be scenes in a movie, which can be more effective without dialogue. This should be accepted by the writer,” says Murukan, who is now flooded with offers to write scripts.