People expect women directors to make mistakes: Nandhini

Nandhini said that her dream to become a film director came true when her script and a few trailers she had shot were approved by the producers, Real Image and Sathyam cinemas. But added that it was not that difficult for her thereafter when she donned the director's hat.

"People do not have much expectations (if you are a woman). They expect you to make mistakes. But then, when you come up with good work, they will be impressed," Nandhini, who has earlier assisted Priya V in 'Kanda Naal Mudhal' said.

"Maybe it could have been different ten years ago. But now people have an open mind," she added. Besides direction, Nandhini has also written the story, screenplay and dialogue for the film.

"I struggled for this opportunity. It came as a great relief and it was a long awaited chance. 'T4' is a small and cute comedy film that will appeal to all sections," she said.
The lead roles in the film are being played by Ajmal, an upcoming actor and Rupa, who will also be debuting with the film.

Nandhini said she wanted fresh faces since the story is about two perky youngsters, the comic situations they get into and how their relationship develops as they travel together to unravel 'a mystery'.

The director added that she had doubts about Ajmal as he had already acted in a mature role as a '30-something with moustache' in 'Anjaathey' and she wanted a youngster to play the role of Arjun, 'a playful, wacky guy.'

"But when I saw him, I realised he was the right person to fit into the role of Arjun," she said. "Rupa, on the other hand, is a newcomer. I selected her after conducting 25-30 auditions. One good thing about her was that she was able to mimic my expressions. Both Ajmal and Rupa blended into the roles of Arjun and Archana," Nandhini said. Actor and director Mouli is also enacting a role in the movie, shot in digital format.

The work on the movie, which was shot in Chennai, Udhagamandalam (Ooty) and Puducherry, started in 2007. "We went on fine tuning the film and it is slated for release on September 25," she said. The film's audio launch was done by South Indian superstar Kamal Haasan in August.

Ajmal said he had a blast working in the movie beacuse till now he was only doing serious roles. "This is the first time I am doing a comedy and I really enjoyed each and every minute," the actor said.

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