I am glad I took up Vaanam
is the response for Vaanam?
feedback has been positive. People are happy
to see me in a different attempt after a long
time. The responses were not only aimed at
my performance but also at the novel attempt
and the film in its entirety. People have
been asking me to choose such different subjects
instead of the routine ones. With an active
scenario in social networking sites these
days, when I receive feedbacks from worldwide,
it gives me all the more reasons to feel elated.
Vaanam is the multi-starrer that I have done
after Pattiyal. Whenever I work in a multi-starrer,
there would always be a slight anxiety about
the response. But audience is happy and I
have been appreciated for my look and costumes
too in the film. Over all I am glad I took
idea was it to have a different ending for
your role in Vaanam?
was a mutual thought between me and Krish.
In Pattiyal there was a point to drive home
in the death of the lead characters at the
end. However, in Vaanam, we felt that the
pain would be diluted if both our characters
(me and STR) die at the end. Hence I came
up with an idea that it would be better for
my character to lose a hand as it is this
hand that strummed the guitar and wanted a
career as a guitarist foregoing even an army
lineage. But at the same time, when he loses
this vital hand, he has no regrets because
he has saved many lives. Krish also liked
the idea and we decided that I would not speak
anything (in the climax) but people surrounding
me will talk. I think this concept has worked
better. Tamil audience is more into emotions
and perhaps that’s the reason the climax
has worked much better in Vaanam.
It was a mutual thought between
me and Krish
Krish and STR are two
with Krish and STR
and STR are two intellectual directors. I
am only an actor with no director designation.
It was a good experience to have worked with
the two. I see a scene as an actor but as
an actor cum director the way they perceive
it is different. I am working with Krish for
the first time and he knows how to conceptualize
a scene and execute it with actors. There
is no doubt that Krish has proved himself
in his very first Tamil film.
STR is my friend and we have
been traveling together from the days of Boys.
He is very talented and has a huge potential
in all facets of film making. When we first
heard the song ‘Evandi Unna Pethan’,
we were all excited. It is a great experience
to have worked with someone like Simbu who
knows cinema too well.
Simbu knows cinema too well
Did Vaanam provide enough fodder for your dancing
In Vaanam my character was not about dancing but it
was about attitude, aggression and minute emotions.
The combination of Simbu and Bharath evokes the expectation
of a good number of dance and action sequences. But
we never had any combination scene but for the climax.
In such a setting it is unreasonable to insist on
dance sequences for me because the film does not require
them. Vaanam opened with my number ‘Who am I’
which required loads of attitude and loud expressions.
Director wanted it that way and the scene also turned
that way. There are many films to come where I will
showcase my dancing skills.
Yuvan Yuvathi is softly narrated
Yuvathi is directed by G N Kumaravelan of
Ninaithale Inikkum fame. Right now, I am concentrating
on the urban types of roles. Yuvan Yuvathi
is about the relationship between a father
and a son. These days, even a village lad
wants to settle down in America after his
education but dads are keen that their offspring
stays in the village. YY is about the arguments
between a father and a son on his choice of
place to settle down and differences of opinion
that crop due to the son’s choice of
his life partner. The film is very softly
narrated and is more of a musical love story.
Vijay Anthony has scored the music. The main
highlight of YY is its place of shoot. We
have shot in Chennai, Pollachi, Seychelles,
South Africa, Singapore and Malaysia. There
would be many variations in Yuvan Yuvathi
which would be my next release.
is a film directed by Perarasu which will
have his stamp all over it. I am teaming up
with him after Pazhani and it will be a mass
entertainer. It will be a huge action film
for me. We are all excited as we have just
completed a song in France and Spain. Thiruthani
will hit the screens in August.
Thiruthani will hit the screens in
I am looking forward to Sasi’s
am looking forward to and excited about Sasi’s
555 in which I am working for the past one
year and Sasi sir for the past three years.
555 is a time processed script where many
transformations take place. I expect 555 to
give me a commercial appreciation just the
way Nepali gave me. I have been shooting for
more than 120 days for 555. It is a big budget
film in my career going up to 8-9 crores.
As I had a good script, I wanted to concentrate
on it and did not sign any other film.
Cameo in Aravaan
In between my projects, I am doing a 20 day cameo
in Vasantha Balan’s Aravaan.
are seen in multi-starrers quite often. Is
it a deliberate move?
few years back, I got slightly deviated in
my career to commercial films. I also realized
it was not interesting to do the same kind
of films year after year. When audiences are
appreciating new attempts and new genres and
when I have age on my side, why not try fresh
themes. And in multi-starrers, you get a fresh
look and also a good opening when two heroes
come together. That’s why I felt Vaanam
was a worthwhile film to be in. A new kind
of expectation comes in. Fifteen years back,
Bollywood witnessed many multi-starrers. So
why not I try here.
I got slightly deviated in my
Film that you liked in the recent times
In the recent times, Myna is one film which I really
enjoyed because it reminded me of my Kaadhal days.
Prabhu Solomon had done a brilliant job with a simple
theme with nativity factor to back him. Like Kaadhal,
there were only a few artists in Mynaa and the story
moved among them. I loved Mynaa.
Karthi rocked in Siruthai
favorite contemporaries in acting
the heroes have their own individuality. Jiiva
rocked in Siva Manasula Sakthi and so did
Karthi in Siruthai. Vishal is good in action
and in Avan Ivan he has attempted something
new. We are all in the same boat; there could
be a few ups and downs in the race. I am happy
that everything is going well for all of us.
importance of net reviews can be felt only
when we go abroad. I have many friends overseas
who look at the web reviews and then only
decide about going to a film. I am thankful
to the reviewers in the press and the portals
for giving an encouraging review for Vaanam.
I was in France when Vaanam was released and
I could not sit through all the reviews. But
I heard that behindwoods has given a fantastic
review for Vaanam. I thank behindwoods for
all the encouragement as they have been a
big support in my career too I wish to thank
them for all.
behindwoods has given a
fantastic review for Vaanam