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The Tamil Creator (Ep.18): Thusy Suntharam – Montreal Filmmaker Pursuing Big Screen Dreams While Working A 9-to-5
Thusy Suntharam is a Montreal-based filmmaker and the founder of T-Factory Entertainment. He joins Ara to discuss his film “Love at First Swipe” (which has over 150,000+ YouTube views), creating stories for the Tamil Diaspora, balancing a full-time job while working on passion projects, the power of taking small but consistent steps, the impact of Rajinikanth on Tamil cinema, and much more.
Ara Ehamparam
Co-founder & Podcast Host ("The Tamil Creator")
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00:54 - Introducing Thusy Suntharam

02:05 - How social media connected Thusy & Ara

04:55 - Music videos launched Thusy's directorial experience

06:56 - The inception of T-Factory Entertainment

08:09 - Balancing a full-time job with his passion of filmmaking

10:34 - The power of consistency and taking small steps

12:49 - Why showing up is the victory

14:24 - The importance of having a team

16:58 - How "Love At First Sight" came to be

19:35 - The Montreal Tamil community’s support for Thusy’s first in-theatre premiere

22:30 - Normalizing conversations about previously taboo subjects through film

25:05 - Why Thusy spent money and paid vacation to work on a film project

27:08 - The power of investing in yourself

28:35 - Learning is free if you just put in the effort

31:25 - Responsibilities of immigrant children

33:21 - Impact of COVID on Thusy from a creative perspective

36:36 - Failure that Thusy learned from

40:06 - Thusy's future plans

42:31 - Wanting to tell the stories of the Tamil disapora

44:45 - Better human means better storyteller

46:46 - The impact of Rajinikanth

50:41 - Work on delaying gratification

52:22 - Would you Rather?

55:40 - The Wrap Up


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