We all have that ‘local’ in us
were you able to bring about the class and
mass from Cable Raja?
all have that ‘local’ in us how
much ever we try to cover it with ‘class’
accessories. Hence it was easy for me to portray
both shades. And in the film the two different
characterizations have come out well.
acts only in my films. He is not sure if he
can do well in other’s films. And he
feels comfortable to star in my films. I would
like to encourage and support people who I
Ganesh acts only in my films
Difference between Vedham and Vaanam
Commercial elements were less in Vedham but we wanted
to correct that in Vaanam and held talks to this effect.
That’s how the song between me and Anushka was
brought in. We did not want to miss out on the commercial
Something was stopping me from
doing that scene
scene where I snatched the money from Saranya
was the most difficult one and I was not able
to do that and was taking more than 2 takes.
I told Krish that something is stopping me
from doing that scene. Krish explained that
I am viewing the scene as Simbu and should
see it from the perspective of Cable Raja
who wants the money for a purpose. After this,
I was able to carry out the scene.
Do you feel bad that you did not do Ko?
There is no necessity for me to compare two films.
As far as I am concerned, more than me not doing Ko,
I am happy that I did Vaanam. It is not my thought
whether Ko does well or not. Of course, I am happy
that Ko is doing well. I am concerned about whether
my decision of doing Vaanam after VTV would pay off
or not. That’s what I am worried and now I am
happy that my choice was right.
women fan base
Yes, my women fan base has increased and I
also realize that especially after VTV and
I don’t work for this deliberately.
But having said that, I take this aspect also
into consideration while choosing my role.
It is heartening to hear that girls like my
role as Cable Raja too. I would like to select
roles that would be appreciated by everyone.
My women fan base has
Are you pressured by the consecutive success?
Normally after a well appreciated film, there would
come a couple of commercial films. However after VTV,
Vaanam has turned out to be a different one in my
career. Now I am anxious about how I am going to deliver
different films and reach them to the audience. I
took much precaution while doing Vaanam and would
be even more careful in selecting my roles in the
If right stars are in the right film, it would work
out and appeal. Vaanam worked because of the script
and everybody had good scope.
Podee will be a classy and a stylized flick
on the lines of a Hindi film. Such kinds are
a rarity in Tamil. Poda Podee will be a romantic
comedy like Kushi. In VTV, there was sorrow
at the end when Karthik and Jessy don’t
unite. But Poda Podee will not be like that
and would be an enjoyable flick.
Poda Podee will be a romantic
comedy like Kushi
Although Vettai Mannan is a gangster action film,
it would be an entertainer. Ladies also would like
this film. In my career so far, Vettai Mannan would
be the highest budgeted film because the story is
like that. We have to shoot in foreign locations;
there are three heroines and Jai plays an important
role in the film. Definitely Vettai Mannan would stand
out different in the stylish action genres.
On Ajith disbanding
his fan clubs
I also heard. There were many messages and phone calls.
I would check with Ajith sir before commenting.
Yes, I am doing the Tamil remake of Dabangg which
will be directed by Dharani with music by Thaman.
Generally cops are portrayed as very rough. But the
cop in Dabangg was someone very natural and casual
and I felt that role would suit me well. We had already
seen how Dharani sir changed Okkadu to Tamil Ghilli
perfectly. We will start shooting from next month.
What did the
success of Vaanam teach you?
I learnt that good films always command respect. I
owe the success to God because I just believed in
him and he did not let me down.
I want to encourage new talents also. If you see,
the number of established stars working with new directors
has come down. I want to encourage youngsters and
fresh talents. Now I will be working with Dharani
sir and would again work with newcomers and would
alternate my work that way.
A word to the
Today the pressures in releasing a film are high.
Vigorous promotions and publicity are needed to project
the film. It was very difficult to cross all these
barriers to bring out the film. I was able to do this
but it is not feasible for many producers. My request
to the audience is that they should encourage good
films and support them.