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Deepak Kumaran talks about the success of Chemman Chaalai


Deepak Kumaran’s directorial debut Chemman Chaalai has garnered interest from San Francisco to Singapore. The young filmmaker shares his thoughts with NANTHA KUMAR on the film’s success. 

Deepak Kumaran’s remarkable entrance into Malaysian filmdom bears similarities to the desolation of renowned director Satyajit Ray, which preceded the legendary Bengali filmmaker’s Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), and plays on the theme of basic humanity in a relevant and realistic way. Kumaran’s Chemman Chaalai (The Gravel Road) is also a song of the little road albeit in a rubber estate here between the late 1960s and early 1970s while Ray’s Pather Panchali was set in the 1920s. 

   

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