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Lingusamy on Payya, Nayan and more
December 27, 2008
Payya has commenced recently and Lingusamy is busy calling the shots somewhere on the Bangalore highways. However, the director extracted time recently to clear his stands on issues relating to the ouster of Nayanthara from the movie and on general topics. Nayan, who was booked for Payya was later shown the doors owing to

remuneration issues – an issue that seems to have been discussed a million times in media circles.

Lingusamy however maintains his stand and says that Nayan is one of his favorite actors. "The way her career graph shot up is intriguing. Unlike others her career progressed in reverse gear. She paired up with the superstar during the early years of her career and started accepting roles with heroes of next generation," Lingusamy has this to say about Nayan's career. He also said that Nayan was admirable in the recent Dhanush hit 'Yaaradi Nee Mogini'.

On why his association with her could not work out, he clarifies that Payya's budget was trimmed down from what it was earlier. The matter was discussed with Nayan. "I still wanted Nayan to be a part of it and even ready to pay her remuneration in full. However, things went awry when she decided to go public in this regard," says Lingusamy.

He is, however, happy with Tamanna's performance and is all praises for her commitment and involvement.

About the story of Payya, he reveals that Karthi's image will have a complete makeover for the movie unlike his previous ventures Paruthiveeran and Aayirathil Oruvan. He wrote two scripts after Bheema and zeroed down to Payya. "I am exploring the charming and handsome side of Karthi and that's what you get to see in Payya," he promises. Payya is an urban story and tells the interesting events happening in the lives of a pair of lovers. The movie will be widely shot in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

Lingusamy also slams the theory that he will only associate with senior actors in the industry. "To me, the plot plays an important aspect of the movie and there is no compromise," he makes clear.

On why he decided to produce Payya under his Tirupathy Pictures banner, he mentions that it was only sheer coincidence. "I am open to take up other projects also," he is quick to clarify. He also states that his Tirupathy Pictures will produce movies directed by other directors, like 'Deepavali' and the upcoming 'Pattaalam'.

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