You need to act in real life to act
in reel life
was it to play the role of a hero in Uyarthiru
is just a character in the film and I should
thank the director for choosing me for this
particular role. What is new in this experience
of mine is the arrogance or the air of superiority
I feel whenever I pen lyrics that people listen
to my lines, simply vanished. When I donned
the role of a hero, I realized how difficult
it was. It was akin to a single engine pulling
an entire train; the whole crew was working
hard behind me and this made me more responsible
to deliver right. The right guidance of course
was given by director Premnath. I would also
like to say that one must know to act in real
life at least to a small extent to act in
reel life because it was difficult to get
updated about little things. While Yogi taught
me the fascinating facets of cinema, UT 420
taught me the responsibilities and burden
of a hero.
What is your role in Uyarthiru 420?
the title, you would have understood my character
but he is not as bad as you would think and
he is not someone who troubles people. We
are all 420s and there is no one ‘clean’
here. If you want to appreciate someone but
don’t do it, it is also a kind of thievery.
Some 420s need to be penalized; some need
patting; some others can be enjoyed and while
some 420s are
Some 420s are enviable
enviable. My character in UT 420 would be one such.
It is not wrong to be born as poor but it is not right
to die poor and this is the content of the film and
what the hero does to achieve this, what kind of path
he chooses, the style that he adopts and where does
all this culminate is the film all about. When I heard
about the role, I was indeed apprehensive to play
this role because I am not anything like this in my
real life and was worried how it would turn out. But
when I travelled along with the character I realized
that there is also a good man within the 420 and that’s
why we have given the suffix ‘Uyarthiru’
(honorable) and that’s what is my character.
Did you dance
in Uyarthiru 420?
As regards this film, the scope to dance is less and
my director has strictly told me not to dance. There
were small movements in the duet sequence but it would
not appear as dance but small strides. Dance was not
needed for this character in this film.
I refused body double
about stunts in Uyarthiru 420?
should definitely talk about the stunts in
UT 420. There are two fights and a car chase
sequence and my special thanks to Pandian
master. I learnt the tricks quite quickly
and they were all surprised by my fast grasp.
There were suggestions to use body double
but I refused. I had taken risks to act out
in these scenes and there was also a small
mishap and a day’s shooting was cancelled
due to this.
A scene had required me to jump over a car and I had
done that and I am sure it would receive claps. We
shot the car chasing sequence in Bangalore using 30
cars. You may not have seen such a car chase sequence
in the recent times. Usually in such sequence, masters
would drive the car instead of the hero but in UT
420 I chose to drive because I love driving. I would
like to extend my thanks to fight master for my performance
in the action sequences.
Heroine(s) in Uyarthiru 420?
are three heroines in UT 420 but my heroine
is Meghna Raj. She is an established heroine
and has acted in Telugu and Malayalam movies.
Initially I was apprehensive to act with a
well known heroine. In the first schedule
I was even trembling with anxiety and when
there was an intimate scene, I was sweating
in fear and asked the director to postpone
the scene to the next schedule. But once when
Meghna started moving with me, she was like
the ‘girl next door’ and today
she is my best friend. She taught me the nitty
gritty details about film industry. Meghna
was the one who encouraged and gave me confidence
to perform. She is such a flexible heroine.
I should be thankful to get a heroine like
Meghna Raj in my very first movie. Thanks
My heroine is Meghna Raj
I am a big hero in real life
Premnath took care of me like how he would
take care of a child for the past five years
because he is a greatest fan of my lyrics.
Once he suggested that I can play the role
of a hero in cinema when I am a big hero in
real life. I did not take his comments seriously
but followed all the directions that he gave
me like growing my hair, learning stunts etc.
He kept saying that I am the real hero and
if he does a film, it will only be with me.
I should thank him for that. He is someone
who has worked with Bharathi Raja.
It needs some gumption to have Snehan as hero. I am
not sure if I have satisfied his expectations. Only
Premnath should answer this. As far as I am concerned,
I have given my best. Premnath’s approach was
very clear and it is his guidance that has taken me
through. I should also thank the cameramen for not
only showing me presentable but also the entire cast.
Although we have shot in old locales, the frames would
appear very new and refreshing. Premnath may work
with many heroes in his films or I may act with many
directors but our relationship is like a father-son
relationship which is beyond films and it was like
that in the past, present and will continue for ever.
Have you penned lyrics for Uyarthiru 420?
did not want to write lyrics in my 1st film
as it does not sound good to write lyrics
for myself and then sing and dance for the
same. I wanted to introduce new talents but
my producer was not for it. I like Vaali sir
a lot and when I approached him, he immediately
obliged and wrote the first song for me. Arivumadhi,
who is the ‘Anbu Annan’ of all
lyricists, has penned a song. Dr Krithaya
who is struggling to get a foothold in the
industry has written a song. I could not get
a song from Vairamuthu and have written a
song. I am confident that all the songs have
turned up in line with the script.
I could not get a song from
But for Ameer, I would not have
taken such a big risk
did your experience with Ameer help in Uyarthiru
school has definitely helped me a great deal
because that’s where I got over my fear
of camera and he is the one who taught me
how to speak, how to walk and the ratio of
it. Ameer is a perfectionist to such an extent
that in his sets when you cut hair, it would
be done with a ruler to measure. And this
has helped me a great deal in UT 420 and has
given me confidence. But for Ameer, I would
not have taken such a big risk.
Have you signed
any new project?
Is this film inspired from the Hindi Shri
No, it is not like that. When we were searching
for an apt title, we just stumbled upon this
and later realized the similarity with the
old Hindi blockbuster. But there is no similarity
between Shri 420 and UT 420. In fact, there
are very few adventure films in Tamil and
in that sense this is an action adventure
film. You will get the feel of a mini James
Bond film in UT 420. I am not saying this
because I have acted in it but people, who
have seen it, feel that way.
UT 420 will be like a mini
James Bond film
I am flooded with offers but I don’t want this
to affect my writing poetries. I will sign only after
gauging the response for UT 420 but my director and
I have plans to work together. He wanted to do a film
with me as hero called Achcham Thavir in 12 crores
but I dissuaded him from doing it and suggested to
go slow. We may do it after UT 420. Many assistant
directors have told me stories and I am surprised
about the faith vested on me. If this film satisfies
that faith, I will continue to act.
I am the only lyricist who has
given motivational speech in
more than 3000 colleges
your motivation CD
have given a motivation CD along with the
audio CD of UT 420. People who are close to
me are well aware my work. And that’s
why I don’t speak about this to media.
I am a social activist and am educating many
children. I am also running self confidence
workshops ‘Dynamic Self Awakening’
all over the country. I am the only lyricist
who has given motivational speech in more
than 3000 colleges. It was suggested that
I give out speech to accompany the audio CD
but as I already had such material, I chose
one and today this is being spoken about more.
Vaali was impressed with it and said this gives confidence
to even people who are knocking death. The CD ‘Sei,
Thaamadam Seyyadhe’ will appeal to all. Please
listen to it as every man needs some kind of encouragement
at some level through words which are there in the
CD. I have been getting congratulatory messages ever
since it was released. If a small portion of my speech
could evoke such a positive response, it has made
me think why not I bring out all my CDs. It is the
responsibility of some one who is growing to render
the positive guidance to the next generation to grow
and develop. That’s what I have done through
I always remain Amma
Jayalalitha’s pet son
you meet CM Jayalalitha?
has crossed many hurdles and has come to power
with a tremendous mandate; her approach has
changed, her outlook has changed and so has
her actions. I always remain Amma Jayalalitha’s
pet son and there is no change in it. I always
like M G R and after him, it is only Amma.
That’s how I have always been. Whatever
be the scenario, I have not shifted loyalties
and I am proud of that. I am yet to meet her
after this election. She has said that she
is busy and I respect that and don’t
want to disturb her. Let my film get released
and I will surely meet her. After all I am
going to meet my Amma and I will do it at
the right time.
Are your workshops and seminars a prelude
to your entry into politics?
this movement has nothing to do with politics
and this is about salvaging humanity from
humans. If the time is ripe, my entry into
politics may happen but not now. People associated
with my training movement are all educated
and are all scholars. This training has to
be done by government which we are doing.
The very reason for this to continue despite
varied feedbacks is the huge response I get.
I will join politics
If I had used all that fame and name just for myself,
I alone would have prospered but I want the opportunity
that I got, to reach this generation and that’s
the reason I undertake the training programs and there
are around 10,00 families which are happy because
of me. Hence this is not about politics but a progressive
thinking for good living.
Anna Hazare, please don’t give
the recent protests against corruption by
would be some revolutionary in every time
period. It is not necessary that a revolutionary
should take to weapons but with Ahimsa also
one can bring about change like Gandhiji.
My appreciation to Anna Hazare! A corrupt
fee government is what people ask for. But
what I would like to say to Anna Hazare is
not to politicize this movement and not to
give up his principles and ethics on any account.
We youth will always be with you!