Your role in
Working with Aadhi
is dedicated, jovial, cool and composed but
when it comes to work, his dedication and
concentration is amazing. You will realize
his hard work when you see Aravan. He has
toiled very hard for this movie like getting
a six pack and so on. Aadhi has given two
years of his life to Aravan. Not only him,
the entire team from artists to technical
crew, everybody has worked very hard for this
film. All the sequences of the film have been
shot in forest areas and everybody has contributed
to the film in a significant manner.
Aadhi’s dedication is amazing
I play the role of Vana Pechi in Aravan. I have not
acted as Vana Pechi but have lived her role. And Vasantha
Balan sir has brought in the transformation in me
from molding the way I talk to my body language. I
learnt from Vasantha Balan sir how to beautify my
character. I have learnt many things from him and
I am glad to have worked with him.
There are no combination shots between me and Archana.
I know Archana is a talented artist who has done movies
like Neela Thamara in Malayalam. I am also eager to
watch her performance when the film releases.
Peranmai or Aravan-
Which one was difficult?
In Peranmai we shot entirely in forest areas and it
was very taxing for me as I had stunt sequences to
do and there were also leeches and insects. Comparatively
I did not struggle that hard for Aravan.
What genre is
Vasantha Balan is a deep thinker
Balan is a deep thinker. His films have a
very unique feel. He always says in his interviews
that Aravan is the film that he has been searching
all along. It is not an easy task to direct
a period film as there is not much information
available on this. Vasantha Balan has done
an exhaustive research on the subject and
I simply followed his instructions. I learnt
3 things from him – dedication, hard
work and sincerity. I have never seen him
take rest. He is such a passionate director
and there is a respectable place waiting for
him in the field of cinema.
You can call Aravan a commercial film as it has action,
romance and sentiment. As this is a period film, there
is a tendency to think that this could be a bit slow.
But it is not as every shot would be fast paced. And
you would realize that in the camera work of Siddharth.
Make up consumed a long time as we had to draw tattoos,
dull our body color and so on. If the shot was at
7 AM, we all reached the spot at 4 and would start
getting ready. But before all of us, one man would
sit at the top of the hill and wait and that was Vasantha
Balan sir. I am sure Aravan would be etched in everyone’s
memory for a long long time.
Music in Aravan
has scored the music for Aravan and there
are 7 songs. He has done a superb job and
you will endorse it when you listen to them.
All the songs have come out very well. We
don’t know what kind of music or musical
instruments were used in that period. Karthik
has also done research on this and we all
have started calling him Kutty Rahman at the
sets. Karthik is sure to go places post Aravan.
Karthik is sure to go places post
Amma Creations Siva was the first one who was very
happy when I was committed to this project. He feels
that I resemble yesteryear actor Radha and the get
up suited me well. He was very supportive and encouraging
and I thank him for that. He took good care of all
What made you
I never asked for the story. When I was doing the
photo shoot, Vasantha Balan had specified how it should
be and I followed his instructions and he was impressed
and he took me on board. That’s about it.
I can never forget Peranmai as it is my first film
and I am indebted to Jananadhan sir for giving me
the opportunity. Although I was a beginner and he
was experienced, he used to teach everything very
patiently. I was 17 when I did Peranmai and did not
know anything about cinema. Jananadhan sir spotted
me when I was visiting an exhibition along with my
family and asked if I could do a role in Peranmai.
I am glad that Jananadhan sir gave me clarity about
my career and now cinema is everything for me. I am
not sure to which point (in my career) I would travel
but I would like to try various characters and satisfy
audience. Jeyam Ravi was also a great support who
with his experience used to give us all many tips.
It was great working in Peranmai which was a hundred
day film. All credit to Jananadhan sir.
Simran has been the trigger for
me to enter film industry
to enter film industry
am not from a film background but thanks to
my family support that I have taken cinema
as my career. I am always inspired by Simran’s
dance moves and I can say Simran has been
the trigger for me to enter film industry.
Rajnikanth is my favorite actor. I simply love his
Deepika Padukone and Simran. I like Shruthi Haasan
for her dressing style.
I am addicted to browsing. I will always be reading
about cinema, make up, dressing style and such things.
You will always see me in front of the PC whenever
I have free time.
Jeyam Ravi and
There is not much of a difference between the two.
Jeyam Ravi is an experienced artist with many films
and years behind him and Aadhi is also fairly experienced.
I think both of them have their individual styles
and are doing quite well for themselves.
Shooting locales in Aravan
have been shot in Hampi and talkie portion
in Madurai. The shoot was going on when I
joined the crew at Madurai. Aadhi inducted
me with ‘Welcome to Aravan’ and
I was happy with the reception. I was wearing
footwear and assistant director asked me to
remove it. I was shocked as it was blistering
hot and no one was wearing a slipper either
and they were all cool as though they were
standing on icecap. When I wondered they said
they are used to it. That’s when I realized
the exact meaning of Aadhi’s welcome.
Not a single day passed without shedding blood
while shooting for Aravan. All of us have
worked very hard for the film and the only
thing I would ask you audience is to see the
film in theatres. Cameraman Siddharth has
researched in detail for the camera part and
the movie can be enjoyed only when seen on
big screen and the complete feel can be had
Not a single day passed without
A song shot required me to dive from Aadhi’s
shoulders into a pond that was not very deep but had
many pebbles and sand. It also required me to get
up immediately from water. I had many bruises and
cuts and the shot took 4 -5 takes. This sequence was
quite difficult and also unforgettable.
More than me saying about Siddharth, you need to see
the film to understand his fabulous work. He has brought
in many innovations. In fact Vasantha Balan often
says that it was Siddharth who has worked on par with
hm. Siddharth’s camera crew was very helpful
and supportive. You will get the feel of the 18th
century only when you Aravaan in theatres. Siddharth
is a proven cinematographer.
I have to speak about costume designer for Aravaan
as there is no costume designer (laughs). Only the
assistant directors did the costuming like Rafiq,
Ramesh, Nagaraj, Naresh who have done exhaustive research
on the costumes of the yore and delivered right.