T V Chandran
Says Mr Chandran: It is a simple tale told in a direct manner. It is my response to what I see around. He maintains that in films about the lives of great men like Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar, their historical background and unusual feats are projected so as to make them appear super human. Thus, he believes mega heroes are born in films. In contrast to the stereotype, says he says, I thought I would give the same treatment to an ordinary person. Thats why I made Mammootty make the statementI am Mammootty at the very beginning.
Mr Chandran continues, Dany calls into question many a notion about the patricentric institution of the family and the social roles of the father and the husband as inscribed in the narratives of masculinity.
Mr Chandran looks on his protagonist, as a simple minded human being out of step with the ways of the world. For that crime, he is made to pay, first by being treated as an outsider, and then by more discernible suffering.
Dany, already highly praised in the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India last October, clearly offers a new dimension to a director who has travelled so long in the world of women.
Given his profile and the kind of ideology he breathes, Mr Chandran feels he has not yet done justice to his medium. Recently, he came out with a statement, saying: To tell you the truth, I feel ashamed of my choice of themes so far. They are insignificant when compared to what is happening in the world.