Engeyum Kaadhal is a ‘feel
is the story of EK like?
Kaadhal, as the name indicates, is an out
and out romantic film. There are generally
‘feel good’ films but I would
say Engeyum Kaadhal is a ‘feel better’
film as it is such a beautiful script. Prabhu
Deva had worked very hard on it for a long
time and we all know his strain which is beyond
everything. The words from one of the songs
have been used as the title Engeyum Kaadhal
and we have registered the same. I certainly
believe that EK will be a ‘feel better’
is your role in EK?
cannot reveal much about it right now. A rich
eligible bachelor goes to Paris for a month
on a holiday to enjoy life and what happens
there is the film all about. My character
in the film takes life very easily and does
not worry about anything in life. He’s
a lady’s man. Prabhu Deva has made me
act very naturally. I am sure EK will click
I am sure EK will click big time
Each moment with Prabhu Deva
was precious to me
with Prabhu Deva
moment with Prabhu Deva was precious to me.
You can watch him perform the whole day as
his every move will be smart and energetic.
He has a distinct style and asked me to combine
that with mine. I never felt like mixing as
his style was very good. He is such a hard
worker and I am sure his hard work will pay
rich dividends. Besides that, there is an
unwritten norm as how to treat an artist.
Only a few directors know it and Prabhu Deva
is one among them. He is aware that if you
stress an artist, it is bound to reflect in
their performance. Hence he would never flinch
when there are retakes. With a smiling face,
he would say, ‘let’s go for another
take’. Even if he was tensed, he would
never show it. I would like to thank him for
this through this interview. He is one person
who gives importance to every aspect. I watched
Prabhu Deva not one day but for an entire
month which was very useful to my career.
Engeyum Kaadhal is Hansika Motwani’s first Tamil
film. She is also acting with Vijay in Velayudham.
Working with Hansika was like having loads of fun.
It was like being in school or college. She is a fun
loving girl, never gets tensed but creates tension
for others. She is extremely jovial to talk to and
to move with. We have had our little squabbles but
have eventually become good friends. I would like
to mention an incident involving Hansika. When we
were shooting in Paris, I got the message about the
birth of my son and had to immediately rush to India
to visit my wife and baby. On that day, we shot till
5.30 in the morning and had just then wound up. We
also had to complete a couple of shots which were
planned for the evening. Prabhu Deva was ok with the
idea to shoot immediately and to release me. However
he was not sure about Hansika. All that I did was
to call her and she at once came to the shooting spot
without any sign of losing sleep. She extended her
cooperation and we completed the shots. It was because
of her support, I was able to come home and see my
wife and child. I would like to thank Hansika also
through this interview.
Other co stars
Most of my costars in EK are new to Tamil and are
from Hindi. One face that is known to all of us is
Raju master who has done a pivotal role in the film.
The scenes that feature him are sure to bring the
roof down. He has rendered a very natural performance.
His scenes will be the most happening ones in the
film as he has tried different levels of comedy.
work for EK
character of EK itself is the rich look of
the hero. Hence we had to work on the appearance
segment. Nalini Sriram went abroad and bought
all the branded costumes to render the right
kind of look. Prabhu Deva and Nirav Shah helped
in styling my hair basically to show difference
in the looks. People who have seen the pictures
have appreciated this. My main home work was
to notice Prabhu Deva to understand his expectations.
Hence I noticed his behavior and reactions
and the result of which was the portrayal
of my character in the film.
My main home work was to
notice Prabhu Deva
Prabhu Deva wanted a European
was the film shot?
story of Engeyum Kaadhal is set in Paris,
France. We have shot all over France and went
to Athens, Greece for the songs. We were there
in Santorini islands where the sunset is said
to be the most breathtaking event. Hence all
of us had completed the shoot and were waiting
to witness the sunset eagerly. And it was
such a wonderful thing and there are tourists
from all over the world who come there to
watch the picturesque sight. We were all very
fortunate to witness this. We went to many
places in France like Lyon, Cannes, Paris
etc. I am very sure the film will come out
with a new color. Hansika Motwani has acted
beautifully and competently. I am saying this
because Prabhu Deva wanted a European girl
and Hansika fitted the role of European Indian
Harris Jeyaraj’s music in EK
is as important to a film as its script and
is becoming a character by itself in films.
Harris Jeyaraj always delivers hits. And this
is my second film with him, first being Dhaam
Dhoom. I thought Dhaam Dhoom was the best
but Harris has given extraordinary music in
EK which lends a very happy feeling to the
listeners. It is difficult to give five variations
to a film which is based on romance. The song
Mangai will be equivalent to Michael Jackson’s
beats and its picturization will also be special.
The song that was shot in Greece would be
liked by everyone. I just heard this number
once and it was on my lips ever since although
I am not good at singing. The title track
Engeyum Kaadhal is already a hit. Each song
of Harris is a gem.
Each song of Harris is a gem
Ameer will not be satisfied with
95% and expects only 100 %
Adhi Bhagawan and Ameer
Bhagawan is the first film that I am working
with Ameer sir. The desire to do this was
there with both of us for a very long time.
While he was busy with Yogi and I was involved
in Santosh Subramanian and later Peranmai
which took almost one and a half years. Hence
the project was stalled for three years. The
correct time to do the film has arrived now.
We have completed two schedules at Bangkok.
There will be something very special and different
in Aadhi Bhagawan and it is going to be an
important film for me. It belongs to the serious
genre and I have just followed Ameer’s
instructions. He has a keen eye for details.
He will sculpt every single action and remove
the unwanted matter just like an editor. Ameer
will not be satisfied with 95% and expects
only 100 % and could perceive even the slightest
difference. It is such a learning process
for me and everyday I continue to learn something
from him. I say this is going to be an important
film because I have never done such a character
in my career. The premise of Adhi Bhagawan
will be new to Tamil cinema and a genre that
has been attempted by Ameer himself for the
first time. Hence when all these factors combine,
it is bound to be a significant film. Added
to these, we have such wonderful technicians
working in this film- Thamizh handling camera,
Yuvan handling music and Neetu Chandra as
heroine. They are all established workers
in their respective departments. And hence
I am sure Adhi Bhagawan is going to rock.
Kannabiran is the first script that was narrated to
me by Ameer. It was such a powerful and appealing
script. And Ameer expected a mature look for the film
and hence asked me to come back after I become a dad.
Secondly as we wanted to try a different film, we
began Adhi Bhagawan. It is important that we do the
right script at the right time. Adhi Bhagawan is the
right script at the apt time. Kannabiran later.
How is your son
Aarav is good and is growing up fast. I was not there
at home for a long time and was shooting at Thailand.
When I came back, I found many changes in him. I sport
different get ups each day and still he is able to
recognize me. I am happy about it. I am not sure,
if he likes my voice or not but he has not forgotten
me. Every second with him is very precious for me.
What has marriage
and fatherhood taught you?
kind of support your wife gives for your career?
family has always been encouraging and supporting
in my career. My wife is also rendering the
same support to me. It is a common knowledge
that if a husband is away for 40 days, he
is bound to be at the receiving end from his
wife. I am no exception. My wife will not
yell at me when I am working but will do that
when I am back. It is very important to have
a family support to concentrate and focus
on your career without thinking about anything
else. Fortunately I have my wife’s complete
support and I thank her for this.
I have my wife’s complete
Everything in life! I think these two words make you
very responsible in the whole world and it has done
the same thing to me. It has happened to my dad and
my brother and now to me. I had only seen a happy
carefree life and have never viewed it from a responsible
angle. But now I am seeing it that way. Although it
is difficult, I am also happy that I can achieve in
this quarter also. I have got a new perspective. I
have taken this in my positive stride and working
hard to bring up my home and family.