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We are planning for an August
release for VSV
Vaagai Sooda Vaa and the team
is my second film which is done by a group
of friends- producer Muruganandam, hero Vimal,
music director Gibran and me. We have completed
the audio launch and post production work
is going on now. We are planning for an August
release. The film has shaped up as per our
The main leads are Vimal and Iniya
whose actual name is Shruthi and she is from
Kerala. Iniya has done the role of a ‘Teatender’
of the 1960s with good understanding. K Bhagyaraj
has donned the role of hero’s dad and
Thambi Ramiah is heroine’s dad in a
comical portrayal. In addition to them, Ponvannan
is the villain. Koothupattarai Kumaravel has
done an important role as a ‘kuruvikaarar’.
As regards the technicians, it is mostly the
Kalavani team but for Gibran who is making
his debut as music director and Seenu, a former
assistant of Sabu Cyril as art director.
Thambi Ramiah has done a
VSV is my first script
effect of the success of Kalavani on VSV?
of Kalavani has only paved way for VSV. First
film is very important for anyone and fortunately
it has turned out powerful for me which has
given hope and confidence to my next venture.
VSV is my first script. Since I had ample time then,
I had used it effectively to pen a perfect script.
As I could not do it as my 1st film, I have done it
What is Vimal’s role?
people ask me why Vimal is doing Kalavani
kind of roles in all his films. But VSV would
be a different one for the actor. In Kalavani,
Vimal had sported a reckless and a ‘devil
may care’ body language but in VSV it
would just be the opposite sans his trademark
beard. You will see him as a young man of
the 60s from his hairstyle to the costumes.
To talk about Vimal, he is a hard working
lad who shows interest in the project, imbibes
his character and delivers. And this was a
major plus for the film. VSV is sure to take
Vimal to the next level in his career.
Vimal is hard working and
imbibes his character
I did not want Amala Paul
because I did not like her
did you zero in on heroine Iniya?
Paul was first booked for VSV. It was before
the release of Myna and I had told her about
the role and the rehearsals that she needed
to take. She agreed and was paid the advance
too. But after Myna was released, she became
the centre of focus and started adjusting
her dates which I did not like. She also wanted
to come straight to the sets without taking
the rehearsals. I did not like all these and
took her away from the film.
And Iniya was roped in after that. In fact people
told me to go for Amala Paul as she has a hit to her
credit but I did not want someone who is not interested.
I had seen Iniya’s photos but rejected her.
But during one of her Chennai trips, she came to office
and I liked her and immediately did make up test and
approved her. I also told her about the conditions
and she agreed. She showed interest and was willing
to learn. Her interest in the role enabled the character
to shape up well. There is a lot of appreciation for
her work from the spot as well as at the audio launch.
VSV is said to
be set in 80s. What is the role of art director in
As soon as I decided to make VSV into a film, I wanted
to make a miniature of the place of happening of the
film. Hence we made a set with a 10X5 dimension that
would cover all the places in the story and every
minute detail was taken into consideration. I had
exhaustive discussion with cameraman and art director
and decided to put up a set. We were looking for a
place to erect this set where the hands of civilization
are yet to reach. After scouting many areas, we finally
decided on Kanavilakku near Aruppukottai.
I also wanted a sepia tone through
out the movie which would be very different
from the fertile greens in Kalavani. Places
where we could not get the red tone, we sprayed
red powder to get the required effect. So,
VSV will have a warm sepia tone through out
We sprayed red powder for the
Seenu, Sabu sir’s assistant has done a lot of
hard work for VSV and so are my assistant directors
who took care of all details. We shot 90% of the film
in sets. In VSV, art will definitely be spoken about.
There is an explanation for every
color that appears in VSV
cinematographer Om Prakash
Prakash is my friend who has worked with me
in Kalavani too. I like his enthusiasm and
color sense. If there is a lorry in a scene,
we would even discuss the color of the lorry
of 60s and how it should appear. The reasons
to choose a color for a particular frame were
also exhaustively discussed. There is an explanation
for every color that appears in VSV. Om Prakash
also will be spoken for his work in VSV.
is my friend whose real name is Vijay G. When
I did Kalavani, I could not call him to score
music due to a few valid reasons and hence
I told him that it is only for good that I
did not call him. He was of course upset with
me for that and did not expect me to call
him for my 2nd film especially after Kalavani’s
success. He thought I would go in for Yuvan
or Harris. However when I offered him VSV,
he was moved. I also explained to him the
limitations in my 1st film and told him that
I can get what he wants (in terms of music)
in VSV as I have delivered a hit. And Gibran
has also done well in VSV.
Gibran has done well in VSV
Producer Muruganandam is also my friend. During our
early days, Muruganandam always used to say that we
four- he, I, Vimal and Gibran - would team up and
give a film. I used to laugh saying that while it
is difficult for just one person to succeed, the four
of us in one team although sounded good was far fetched.
But thankfully, his dream has come true and thanks
only to the success of Kalavani which has brought
all of us together. Muruganandam has given all that
I wanted for the film not only as a friend but also
as a producer. When we saw the edited version of the
film, we were all very happy with the way it has shaped
Vaagai Sooda Vaa will be a
period realistic film with
is the specialty of VSV?
Sooda Vaa will not only be a period film but
also a realistic one with commercial aspects.
The work of every one in the film has shaped
up right and VSV is sure to lift all involved
to the next higher level. VSV is sure to be
liked by the audience.
Vimal is the latest upcoming star in the tinselville.
After portraying a carefree lad in Kalavani, he will
be seen as an upright guy in Sargunam’s Vaagai
Sooda Vaa. Catch Vimal in talks with Senior Editor
Jyothsna Bhavanishankar and Inian.
Home work for
Vaagai Sooda Vaa
Vaagai Sooda Vaa
songs of VSV have come out well and there
is appreciation for it from everyone. Gibran
is making his debut as music director. After
Kalavani, I am teaming up with Sargunam once
again. I play Velu Thambi who will be very
different from Arivazhagan of Kalavani. Muruganandam
has produced the film. Om Prakash who wielded
the camera for Kalavani is the cameraman for
VSV too. Dileep Subbarayan is the stunt master
and Bobby Anthony is the dance choreographer,
Raja Mohammeed is the editor. Most of the
Kalavani team is here. VSV has shaped up very
Velu Thambi of VSV will be
very different from Arivazhagan
VSV is a period film. The Arivazhagan of Kalavani
is a haughty, has a devil-may care attitude, but Velu
Thambi of VSV is always stiff and he is an educated
man. So I worked on the body language; there is a
change in the get up, slang and so on.
On your heroine
A new girl Iniya is the heroine who works in a tea
shop and she has fitted in to the character perfectly.
You will realize that when you see the trailer. She
gives you a feeling that no one else could have done
this role so perfectly like her.
As Sargunam is my friend and I have also worked with
him in Kalavani, it was easy working in VSV. It is
suffice to just reproduce what he teaches you.
I am doing my next film for Balaji studios, a project
that is yet to be titled, and then I am doing a film
for Pasanga fame Pandiraj.
What is your
role in VSV?
Velu Thambi in VSV is searching for a teacher’s
job after completing his P.U.C and the love between
him and a girl working in a tea shop is VSV all about.
Why do you continue
to do rural subjects?
I give importance to the script and not for where
the premise is set. Taking on village based subjects
or films just happened. The next film that I am doing
for Balaji studios is an out and out city based subject.
Pandiraj’s film is also city based. So I would
just combine both city and village based stories.
Will you do action
Such themes have not come my way, in case it comes,
I would definitely do them.
VSV has come out well and the songs are also impressive
and they don’t sound as though they have been
scored by a debut music director. We believe that
the film has come out well and we have all worked
hard for the film. Please see the film and give us