‘Superstars like Rajini sir and Shah Rukh Khan had to be villains before they could be heroes, right?’
“Men still try to possess women. Sometimes, I wonder if men invented religion only to keep women in check, to dictate what they should wear and where they should go.”
“I play every role like Vijay Sethupathi,” he says. “Vijay Sethupathi as a policeman. Vijay Sethupathi as a gangster. Vijay Sethupathi as a fraudster. It’s what you do in a scene that defines you, not how you look.”
Today, when I walk on the sets of my films, I sometimes hear assistant directors talking about me with the same reverence I had for other directors. It’s a great joy.
“They ask all sorts of questions; some of them are really thought-provoking. Daniel, for instance, offhandedly asked me what’d happen if somebody cried in space.”