At the audio launch of Traffic Ramaswamy, a biopic on the controversial real life activist beraing that name, ace filmmaker Shankar revealed that it was his long time dream to make a film on the activist with Rajinikanth essaying his character.
The filmmaker also said that he took inspiration for ‘Ambi’ character in Anniyan and Kamal’s ‘Senapathy’ in Indian from the activist who fights single-handedly. Shankar’s mentor SA Chandrashekar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ramaswamy, is portraying the titular character, while his assistant Vicky has directed it.
Shankar said, “Traffic Ramaswamy is one person whose activities always motivate me. I have noticed a hero in him. I admire him a lot. I was thinking to make a movie based on his characteristics. Though I could not direct a film based on him with Superstar playing him, I am happy that my guru SAC is acting in the role. I am looking forward to watch the flick.”
Referring to why one needs to protest to get his/her rights, SAC said, “I read a book on him beforehand and went and met him five times and spent time with him to learn his body language and mannerisms. Age is not a constraint to protest for anything. Nothing comes without protests. So, to say ‘not to protest’ is absurd.”
Rajesh, Ponram, Ambika, Rohini and Upasana were among others spotted at the event where sets resembling a court with a ‘witness box’ has been put up.