Kavalai is that ‘rare, pure rom-com’ seldom seen in Tamil cinematells me of his conviction that
There seems to be a good vibe about Kavalai on social media.
I know it’s a cliché, but I really had a great time shooting it; so I’m not surprised it’s buzzing with this positive energy. We are satisfied about having made a proper.
There seems to be a dearth of these films, ever since the passing away of director.
That’s why I think director Raam (2005).is quite a find. He’s great at this genre. The film has no external villain, no needless fight sequence. are built on the camaraderie actors share on the sets. They are also rewarding for all of us involved, as we can accurately predict how the audience will react. We know when they will break into laughter and when they won’t. It’s not the same in, say, like (2007) and
It’s been a while since you did those intense roles?
I miss them too, but I decided not to do too many of them for the health of my career. I remember when I was walking out of a Kattradhu Thamizh screening, and some women seemed scared of me. Around that time, I got labelled as an ‘offbeat actor’. Some even took to calling me ‘Psycho ’ (laughs).
In any case, I think it’s wrong that we recognise good acting in only such films. I’m a huge fan of Lal; he shows greatness even when playing normal characters.
Perhaps, I can do those intense films, but in a different platform. With the advent of Narcos, a Breaking Bad. Imagine if Kamal played Walter White (protagonist of Breaking Bad)? We could work around censor restrictions, and make films like Kattradhu Thamizh in peace., opportunities will likely open up for those willing to experiment. Imagine if we did our very own version of a Peaky Blinders, a
While on censors, Vendam has managed to get a U/A certificate even though the teasers hinted at an adult comedy.
No, no! It’s just how the teasers were edited. Some, without any knowledge of the film, have even been comparing it with Trisha Illana Nayanthara. Kavalai is a clean, family film.
After Kavalai must feel like homecoming for you., the urban milieu in
Interestingly, no. Despite what people think, I’m very much at home doing films like Sakthi (2009) and (2008). My mother’s from Kodaikanal, and I’ve spent a lot of time there being a local .. Remember that I’ve done films like Siva
Are you happy with how Thirunaal fared?
Absolutely. There was some pressure on me to deliver a hit, but Thirunaal’s success has eased it. It released in 350 screens; Vendam has got 400 screens. That’s growth. But if I had to change something about Thirunaal, I guess I’d want it to be better technically. I’d love to do a profound, rural film with great technical values… something like a Magan.
In your interviews, you’ve been comparing Kavalai with Siva Manasula . But considering how it looks, wouldn’t Endrendrum Punnagai be a more apt comparison?
I’m making the SMS comparison because of the dialogues in this film. I’ve always thought of Vendam is a mix of both.… as a film for the boys. The love angle in the film was an afterthought, in fact. Perhaps you are right. I guess you could say
Do you think about star rivalries, and if perhaps it’d be beneficial for your brand if you had one?
I am against them. I’m glad I haven’t been pitted against any other actor. All I’ve ever done is try to concentrate on my films. If you’ve noticed, even in social media, I’ve always only promoted my films, never myself. I’m an actor, not a star. And that’s how I like it because when international filmmakers eventually come here to choose talent, they will want actors, not stars.
And yet, your Raja was promoted as #Jiiva25. That’s the actor making way for the star, no?
I don’t decide my film’s marketing strategies. I never try to stop them from doing business their way. I’m just an actor, doing my job. I’ve always thought of myself to be simply a well-paid employee.
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