'I just want to make people laugh'

Director Priyadarshan's personal life may have turned messy but he hasn't led him into a cocoon. He doesn't entertain any personal questions but says he has always believed that happiness is always followed by sorrow. “I know misery will follow happiness.

There’s still a child in me that wants to laugh out loud and cry as well. A lot of my emotions are reflected in my work,” Priyadarshan explains.

Priyadarshan is perhaps one of the very few directors, who never tires of experimenting, mixing and remixing the same ingredients, to offer something new each time. “I have made all kinds of films, from period to comedy to commercial films. But the unusual is always attractive. You are as good as dead the day you think you have done enough and done it all. I am never satisfied of learning,” he observes.

He has completed a project in Malayalam titled, Aamayum Muyalum, which he dubs as a fun film. “People go to the theatres to laugh and get entertained. I work straight from my heart and don’t look back after that. I just want to make people laugh. Meaningful and sensible films get acceptance today,” he shares.

Priyadarshan has also had a string of hits not only in the Malayalam but in Bollywood as well. Akshay Kumar is one of Priyadarshan’s favourite.

“I made his career. For me, Akshay Kumar is to Bollywood what Mohanlal is to Malayalam cinema. I find a lot of similarities between Akshay Kumar and Mohanlal. The two share some great qualities that I relate to,” he states.

Priyadarshan is never unfazed by flops and failures.
He is neither overexcited nor depressed at any point of time. “I am a very insecure person. I don’t think I have achieved anything big. It is perhaps because
of luck that I have been able to achieve my goals faster than a lot of other people who are more talented than me,” he says rather humbly.

This filmmaker draws his inspiration to make a movie from the many things that he sees around.

“Anything and everything could trigger an
idea to make a film. An idea for a film could emerge from a simple conversation I have with somebody, something I see around or even a book that I may read,” he concludes.

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