What was the inspiration behind making Navarasa, a film on the third gender?
Actually, Navarasa just happened. Wherever I go, I shoot with my Digital Video camera. I happened to interview some of these people (of the third gender), and found their stories very disturbing. I thought it would be interesting to make a film on them, in the form of a documentary. I was also fascinated by the Koovagam festival. But then we decided to write a story that could be developed into a film. What interested me was their belief in Aravan and Mohini, which can be traced back to 5000 years.I decided to give the film the look of fiction, documentary, period drama, and fantasy — all moulded into one. I also wanted to shoot at the real festival, where 300,000 people assemble. The shooting was haphazard because it wasn’t planned. We just landed there, with no idea of what we were going to shoot. It was hectic. Did the story just evolve while shooting? All I had was a storyline. I didn’t know who my main character would be. But shooting a film like that was not new to me. Even the