is a lot to talk about Vithagan. To put it
simply, you will be entertained and have a
sense of fulfillment after watching the movie.
And I request you to watch the movie in theatres
and give it a grand opening like you would
give a Vijay or Ajith movie. This I request
you because I have not done any experimentation
with this movie. It’s a commercial movie
and only if such movies of mine are successful
can I survive. And you can see me this happy.
Please give Vithagan a grand
opening like an Ajith or a Vijay
Tell us about
I envy Suriya
you train yourself for the cop’s role
any other role, it’s not hard to train
yourself. But for the role of a cop it needs
a lot of groundwork. I beefed up for Aayirthail
Oruvan and I had to tone down for Vithagan
so as to look fit. Cops are often the butt
of jokes because of their obesity. I did not
want this character to be made fun of. I never
cared much to get into the physical framework
of an actor like Suriya. I envy him. His getups
for 7aum Arivu are enough to make anybody
fall in love with him. I did a lot of physical
work for Vithagan and it helped a lot for
the looks of the movie.
Rather than about Poorna, I would like to talk about
Mercy – Poorna’s character in the movie.
Mercy is a beautiful, soft-natured girl. She loves
only Jesus with no complications in life. In her quiet
life, my character (Rowdran) creates a ripple and
she finds it difficult to come out of it. And there
is a strong reason for that. You will not notice the
age difference between my character and Poorna, which
is substantiated with beautiful scenes. That will
be one of the pluses of the movie.
So she follows him with her love but does Rowdran
accept it? Rowdran’s commitment to work is
as important for him as Jesus is to Mercy. But when
the movie ends, everyone will fall in love with
Mercy’s character. Poorna has done a tremendous
job of it.
About Sneha’s role in the movie
far as I know, she has not done any part in
the movie and I am the director. She was only
at the audio release function. Before I offered
the role to Poorna, I asked Sneha but she
couldn’t do it. I like Sneha. She’s
beautiful and can act well. Someday we will
I like Sneha
When you kill the villain brutally,
people love it
Milind Soman and his character
often wonder how he’s capable of understanding
his role so well and acting it when he doesn’t
know a word in the language. I can’t
do it. We made his life simple in the movie
by making him speak similar Hindi words. We
adjusted it in the dubbing. When you kill
the villain brutally, people love it. They
did it in Subramaniapuram and that’s
the truth. Fans relate very well with the
lead roles and when there is someone pitted
against them, they hate them.
In Pudia Paadai, I decide not to take revenge on the
villain because I had a small kid to consider. I am
sure many people in similar situation would have thought
about it after making a mistake. I have done a similar
thing in Vithagan. Milind Soman has done a good job
About musician Joshua Sridhar
He’s done a wonderful job. His tunes are very
interesting to listen to even before we composed lyrics
for them. I composed lyrics playfully for the Ikkuthae
song and Joshua liked it. So we used the same lyrics.
But for the Thananana song, he was skeptical. I convinced
him saying those are the lyrics of a person who has
fallen in love just then. So it worked and now it’s
a popular song.
Your favorite song in the album
love the Unn Zone La song, which touches upon
environmental issues. Actually, the producer
is looking forward to receive national award
for that one. I realized the significance
of the song only after he told me about it.
Yeah, an item dance number is essential for
a movie but it’s pointless to have meaningless
lyrics. But this song is different and has
socially responsible lyrics, like how important
it is to wear helmet on a bike and things
like that. Joshua Sridhar has done a fantastic
job of tuning the song. Please add me on Facebook
and follow me on Twitter and let me know how
you liked the song.
An item dance number is
essential for a movie
Best photography is not only
about the techniques but also
reading the script carefully
cameraman M S Prabhu
have worked with him in Ammuvaagiya Naan.
He is a tasteful cameraman. He comes with
a notebook and is meticulous about his work.
He pores through the script and corrects if
there are any logical loopholes in the movie.
He says that is necessary for him to decide
on the lighting. So, best photography is not
only about the techniques but also reading
the script carefully.
About editor Anthony
I said earlier in a function, Anthony even
snips Thirukkural to make it crisper. His
assistant Karthik worked entirely in the movie
and after the work is done, he watched the
movie and suggested some changes. I carried
them out and I think they will be plus points
for the movie.
Anthony even snips Thirukkural
to make it crisper
Why did you decide
to call the movie Vithagan?
I do not believe in the 50th film
is your 50th film. Tell us how you feel about
do not believe in the 50th film theory. It’s
just a marketing technique of us, actors,
to try and bring people to the theatres. I
remember writing a tagline for the 50th day
of my film Sarigamapadani, ‘Appada 50th
day’. Balachander liked it a lot and
wrote to me saying he understood the pain
and relief behind those words. I did not grow
in the industry with support or movies from
acclaimed directors. Occasionally I get a
Bharathi Kannamma or Azhagi. So under these
circumstances, it’s a struggle to finish
50 movies and I do not think it makes a difference
to the audience.
To be a policeman, you need to know a lot of tricks
(Vithai). They need to be multitalented and know a
lot of things. So I thought the title would be more
appropriate for a policeman’s job and in that
sense that title was decided.
Tell us about producer Manickam Narayanan
not only a good producer but also a good friend.
Having heard about his good nature, I approached
him for a financial help for my movie Kudaikkul
Mazhai. He assisted me and although I repaid
my money, our friendship continued. He trusted
me with this film and he entrusted entire
responsibility of this movie on me. Gautham
Menon, who worked with him in Vettaiyaadu
Vilayaadu, wished me luck saying that he would
like the movie to perform as well as Vettaiyaadu
Vilayaadu. That is my wish too.
Manickam Narayanan is not only
a good producer but also a good
What is the reason
behind the movie’s delay?
My son Raaki did a little cameo
in the movie, a dance part
son Raaki did a little cameo in the movie,
a dance part and daughter Keerthana also sort
of doubled up as an assistant director when
it was shot abroad. Although Raaki does not
have interest in movies, he will decide about
it after studying the reception of this movie.
We wanted to finish the movie in 6 months time. But
unfortunately it did not happen for many reasons and
in the interim, cinematographer Prabhu accepted other
offers. So essentially, four cinematographers worked
in the movie. Same with Assistant Directors; there
were ten when we started and when we finished there
was only one. Despite all these difficulties, the
movie has sailed through and is releasing now. I hope
it does well and bring in enough acclaim.
Your movies usually
have humane touch to them. What does Vithagan have
in that aspect?
My producer asked me the reason behind the solid love
the female lead character has for my character. I
told him its humanity. Women fall in love with a man
not because of his looks. It’s beyond that.
They fall for his character and his other attributes.
There are also valid scenes to justify the strong
love between the lead characters.
You have two
getups in the movie. Tell us about it
Yes I come in two getups in the movie. Besides, it’s
also to tease the fans to arouse their curiosity.
Watch the movie when it releases and you will know
all about it.