I had to change my physical appearance. The
rawness one normally associates with a villager
will not be there in a city dweller. Hence,
I needed to change that aspect in me. It was
more of mental work for me in Virunthali.
It was more of a mental work for
me in Virunthali
incident while shooting for Virunthali ?
My first day of shoot was the climax scene of the
film. And my first shot was with Nasser sir which
I cannot forget. I have seen him in films and it was
so difficult to believe that I was acting with him.
I have even told him that. I felt like working for
a corporate firm till I met him. Only after acting
with him did it strike me that I was also in cinema.
It was good working with
advice from Nasser?
sir was always encouraging, cool and composed.
He was my father in the film and used to talk
to me like one. Hence it was easy for me. He
used to give me tips on improvisation which
helped a lot. It was good working with Nasser
is very beautiful and talented. We had a lot
in common as it was the first film for both
of us and we do not also know the industry that
well. It was easy working with Dhyana.
Dhyana is very beautiful
I am doing an English film called Dam999 which would
get completed soon. I am keen to do a Tamil film after
this. I am reading many scripts and I want to be careful
in choosing my next film.
Well, sets were huge in Dam 999 and I had to mouth
English dialogues. Secondly the film was shot in live
sound and there was no dubbing. There were many international
artists in the film and it was a learning experience
for me. It was also a different one from my first
film which was village based. It was interesting to
watch the crew approach the scene in a particular
way and their preparations. All in all, an enriching
Did you dub for
Virunthali and how was the experience?
Yes, I dubbed for Virunthali and the dialogues for
the film were written by Singam Puli. By and large,
they were all comedy dialogues and I had to speak
a lot. Singam Puli and his assistant helped me in
dialogue delivery. It was easy and I enjoyed it.
Did you find
it difficult to speak village Tamil?
Although, I am city bred, I have spent my initial
years in villages. Since my mother tongue is Tamil,
it was not difficult for me to get the native twang.
When there were corrections during dialogue delivery,
I was helped by the crew and it was fine. We had used
only a neutral tone in Virunthali and it was not too
much of Madurai accent and the village itself was
a fantasy one. So it was mostly neutral Tamil in the
I am fond of Shriya and Trisha
actors and actresses
like Ajith, Kamal and Madhavan. Among actresses,
I am fond of Shriya and Trisha.
Mani Ratnam, Bala, Vasantha Balan, Cheran and many
If you get
a call from Mani Ratnam and Waterman, who would you
I would choose Mani Ratnam and I’ll tell Waterman
that I would complete Mani sir’s film and then
join him which would be useful to him also.
What is your
I saw an English film called Jumper where they would
be traveling to different places. I like such films
because I like travelling. I like such fantasy characters.