February 22, 2020
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The Tamil actor makes his Bollywood debut in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rakta Charitra II


How was it working with Ram Gopal Varma?

Ramu Sir is not bothered about the regular pattern of filmmaking. For him it’s about characters, their emotions. This was interesting.

What is different about this film?

I’d say it’s a notch above his other work.

Was it a departure working in a Bollywood film after the discipline of the South?

I worked totally stress-free. I was told to concentrate on my emotions. It was about bringing what was on paper to screen. I wasn’t hassled despite not knowing Hindi too well.

How did you manage your Hindi?

I understand Hindi, but I’m not very good. I took two months to study it.

You’ve already won so many awards and your talent is much talked about.

But only I know my weaknesses. I feel others are more spontaneous actors than I am. I feel I’d do better in the second and third take.

And didn’t Ramu allow that?

No, it was the first take with him, I must admit that I’m clay in my director’s hands. I’ve worked with fantastic directors and they’ve given me the image I’ve got.

You’ve worked with Mani Ratnam. How different is he from Ramu?

I started my career with Mani sir and did Yuva with him. Both of them are extremely passionate about their filmmaking. Mani sir never plans a scene. He lets his actors do it. But he’s very clear about the emotions. Both have their individual strengths and both are equally powerful.

What feedback have you been receiving?

An important person in the censors told my father that I was part of a very good film and the trailers have impressed people.

Do you see yourself doing more Hindi films?

It would be nice to do a Hindi film, maybe one in two years, but I must improve my Hindi.

B’wood heroines you’d like to work with?

I saw Deepika in Love Aaj Kal. She was very good. I like Sonam too and so many others.

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