''BE IT SUPERSTAR OR VIJAY, THEY TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO GREET THE FANS''

Interview Team : Thanveer, Jyothsna

Rajini, Shankar, Vijay...some of the big names that depend on the timely duties performed by this person on set. A production controller by profession, his current project is the highly anticipated Vijay 60. Here he shares with us the nature of his job, on set experience with the stars and most importantly, interesting details about the upcoming Vijay starrer.

''Be it Superstar or Vijay, they take a few minutes to greet the fans''

Tell us about the responsibilities you carry as the production controller of a set.

A production controller is next only to the producer in the set.

A production controller is next only to the producer in the set. Be it scouting for locations, arranging for transportation and accommodation, food and costumes or security arrangements, everything is entirely my responsibility. The director will discuss the script with me, artists will tell me their requirements and I, working with four of my assistants, make sure the needs of the set are fulfilled.



How did you choose to become a production controller? What are the movies you have worked in?

I joined Shankar sir for Gentleman in 1993.

My father was a production controller. After finishing my studies, circumstantially I had to enter the industry as a production controller too. I joined in the late 80s and worked with actor and director Bhagyaraj for his movies, Avasara Police 100, Pavunnu Pavunuthan  and Sundara Kandam. After that I joined Shankar sir for Gentleman in 1993. From 93 to 2010 I worked with him, my last film with him being Enthiran. After that I’ve been a part of Vijay sir’s movies Puli, Theri and now Vijay 60.



Tell us about the progress of Vijay 60

Vijay 60 will be an action cum romance flick.

The movie has been going according to plan. It will be an action cum romance flick. The first schedule has been completed with most of the shooting done in Binny mills, Chennai. The team has shifted to Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad for the second schedule. The team is keen on completing the shooting process by December and has planned the movie’s release for Pongal next year.



Since you’ve observed them together on set, how is the chemistry working out between Vijay and Keerthy Suresh?

Keerthy Suresh seems very confident working alongside Vijay.

The pair looks good together. Two songs have been completed as of now. First song will be a hero introduction song, while the second one will feature the hero singing about the heroine in a wedding function.  Keerthy Suresh seems very confident working alongside Vijay.



How do you scout for locations? Local locations aside, finding new places abroad to shoot should be a difficult task, is it not?

We take the help of travel agencies. They provide us with wide variety of locations. After that we finalise on a suitable location, get permissions, and make necessary arrangements.


Is there going to be shooting abroad for Vijay 60?

One song is planned to be shot abroad.

Yes, one song is planned to be shot abroad. We haven’t yet finalized on the location. But we have Switzerland on our mind. Instead of snowy white mountains and fields, we have planned to look for the greener parts of Switzerland.



The presence of Vijay is sure to attract crowd. How do you control the throng of fans in the set?

Even in Kerala, Vijay’s fan base is huge.

Oh yes. We carefully choose locations so as to avoid the throng of fans. We choose locations outside Tamil Nadu in states such as Andhra. Even in Kerala, Vijay’s fan base is huge, so Andhra becomes a better option. Necessary security arrangements will be made to control the throng of fans. But be it Superstar or Vijay, they take of a few minutes to greet the fans.



Since you make the food arrangements, you should be knowing the favourite dishes of Superstar’s and Vijay’s.

Vijay usually  avoids mutton because it contains fat

Both Rajini sir and Vijay sir like fish and chicken varieties. During Enthiran shooting, I had  cooked egg podimas for Rajini sir which he liked very much. Vijay usually  avoids mutton because it contains fat. We take extreme precaution to make the food hygienic.



Since you’ve been the production controller for both Rajini’s and Vijay’s films, you should be able to tell us about the bond between the two actors.

After watching Theri, Rajini sir called up Vijay to congratulate him on his performance.

Once, in January, when we were shooting for Theri in EVP. 2.0 shooting was also taking place there. Vijay sir went and met Rajini sir and was seen talking to him for some time. After watching Theri, Rajini sir called up Vijay to congratulate him on his performance. That sort of exchange always takes place between them.



What about the talks of Theri 2?.

The possibility of the planned movie being Theri 2 is vague.

There is a plan of another film to be directed by Atlee with Vijay sir in July, next year. Atlee has discussed the knot with Vijay but solid confirmations are yet to be made. The possibility of the planned movie being Theri 2 is vague.



One thing you think we should learn from Vijay.

The moment you find Vijay's car entering the set, you can be sure the clock has struck 7:00.

Punctuality. If a shoot is being planned for 9.00 AM, he will be at the sets by 7:00 AM. That time keeping tendency is something to learn from him. The moment you find his car entering the set, you can be sure the clock has struck 7:00. The same about Rajini sir, he will always be early to the set.


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