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How Suman came in for Sivaji!
March 13, 2006
The hunt has been on in full swing for the villain in Sivaji. In fact, after the suspense over the heroine blew off, the most awaited announcement was for this role. Several names did the rounds but we now have confirmed information that yesteryear star Suman would play the bad boy. Why Suman? First, Shankar and Rajini wanted someone who was familiar and popular. Already, Suman and Rajini had acted in Thee about 20 years ago. In Thee, Rajini played the misguided elder brother and Suman, the upright police officer who happens to be Rajini’s younger brother. How the brothers were pitted against each other made for engrossing drama in that film.
Therefore, Shankar was convinced that the screen magic would work again especially because Rajini has a Thee-like persona in Sivaji. Besides, Sivaji would be dubbed in Telugu also and hence a face known there would pull in the crowds. Suman has acted in more than 150 movies in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. He has even played Lord Rama in the recent Nagarjuna starrer Sriramadasu.
Another interesting addition is the noted Pattimandram speaker from Trichy, Raja, who has been roped in to play Sreya’s father (i.e.) Rajini’s father in law. Raja is very popular with the Tamil audience especially for his satirical approach at pattimandram debates. Looking elated at the opportunity, he said that Shankar had asked him to play the role and he readily agreed despite having doubts about his lean physique. He said that on the sets he had to get angry in a shot, but he could not and took many takes. He said on a serious note that criticizing films is easy when we are outside but we realize the hard work only when one enters the field. Kudos Raja, good luck
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