: Ganeshbabu | Text: Jyothsna Bhavanishankar
Paiyaa contest winners were treated for a special
screening followed by an interactive session with
lead actors Karthi, Tamannah, director Lingusamy
and cinematographer Madhie. Excerpts from the interesting
Why do we always see you in two-day old stubble?
Karthi - The problem is I cannot see
myself as clean shaven. There are certain things that
would suit you and certain things that would not. So,
that’s the reason you always see me unshaved.
There is always
a fight sequence in your films in an open field. Is
it some kind of sentimental stuff?
Lingusamy - It just happened that way.
There is no sentiment attached to it. In Run, when they
run out of the city, the place had to be something like
that. In Sandakozhi and Paiyaa too it was just a happenstance.
I would be careful from my next project.
Tamannah - I don’t know driving
till I started working for Paiyya. I just learnt a bit
for this film but I don’t think I can drive properly.
But they shot very intelligently and I did the shots
required for the film correctly. I also checked if they
had any insurance because I don’t know how I am
going to drive.
stunts were good. Did you take training?
Karthi - I
don’t fight in the streets (laughs) but
of course I am getting trained for action sequences.
As far as this film is concerned, Kanal Kannan
master helped me a lot. He taught me many things
from the body language to attitude to every
punch. I have never done stunts like this before.
In fact this is the first time I am trying something
with a rope. Every shot was well rehearsed as
safety was very important. Kanal Kannan would
never compromise on safety. And Madhie sir portrayed
me as someone who punched one hundred people
when I just punched one. Anthony also has edited
I have never done stunts
like this before
Have you controlled
traffic in real life like how you did in Paiyaa?
Karthi - I am not keen to join police
(chuckles). I have done like that in a couple of instances
near my house near Residency Tower. That’s about
Would you work
with your brother Suriya?
Karthi - I have answered that in many
interviews. Initially, I was apprehensive but now I
think I am compelled to do it especially when I think
about it from a fan’s point of view, I feel it
would definitely be interesting. Many people like Lingusamy
sir, Bala sir also have told me. If I get a good script,
I am ready to do the role of a villain also.
Would you do
a six pack like your brother?
Karthi - I have a ready-made answer
for this. Six is not my lucky number. Perhaps eight
packs like in Hollywood!
How was Paiyaa
Lingusamy - After Sandakozhi, we were
having discussion in Tirupathy and returning and that’s
when a small spark hit me - that of the girl at the
petrol bunk asking the boy to start the car leaving
behind the man who accompanied her. Such flashes will
appear on and off which will be dormant (in my mind)
but will get expressed in different scripts. This brainwave
was the central point around which I spun the story
of Paiyaa. Every time when I create a script, I will
sit alone for a week and will complete the base idea
after which I sit with my assistants. When I sit alone
with my thoughts, ideas take different shapes and evolve
in diverse ways. That’s how the idea of the girl
the hero loves comes to him and seeks his help to take
her to a far away destination was born.
Why the title
Lingusamy - I felt this was the apt
and the right choice. Some stories will demand a particular
title in a specific style. Actually, I should have either
named this film as ‘Run 2’ or ‘Speed’
but I would not have got the tax rebate.
What is your
next project? What is the story like?
Lingusamy - Talks are on to do a film
with Silambarasan. Well, let it remain a suspense!
Will you work
with Tamannah again?
Lingusamy - You ask her this question.
I will definitely
wait for his call
you work with Lingusamy again?
Tamannah - It is like a dream
working with Lingusamy sir. It was fun shooting
and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will definitely
wait for him to call me and ask my dates for any
What is your next
Karthi - Naan Mahaan Alla, directed
by Suseendran of Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. Again Madhie
is the cameraman, Yuvan Shankar Raja is the music director
and Kajal Agarwal is my heroine. It is a story revolving
around a Chennai middle class family and is also a crime
thriller. It is a parallel and a realistic story.
Why Karthi did
not speak any punch dialogues in Paiyaa?
Lingusamy - Karthi is yet to
get corrupted and is very pure. I also will not
feel like having such dialogues irrespective of
the number of films I make or the type of heroes
I work with. My idea of heroism, which is equivalent
to one hundred punch dialogues, is the scene in
Paiyaa where Karthi bashes up the Mumbai rowdies
and sits relaxed in Jagan’s room and answers
him that it was he who hit them because he believed
that in Mumbai the first blow should be from his
side. That’s what I believe in and that’s
my mood! Even if I work with Rajinikanth or Vijay,
I would want to make a film in my style
Karthi is yet to get
corrupted and is
Why are you wearing
many colorful strings around your wrist?
Karthi - This is for the film that
I am currently working in and I am here straight from
the shooting spot. We are all living the roles that
we play! (laughs)
Then are you living
like a mahaan now?
Karthi - No way, it is risky now to
live the role of a mahaan (laughs again). I am not doing
When are you going
Lingusamy - I have been asked this
question many times and I am going to answer it in this
forum. I have decided to act… (a pause) but after
forty years when I become like director Viswanath sir.
So, till such time, there is no competition for Karthi.
You started in
a negative role in Kedi. Would you do such roles in
Tamannah - I always want to do things
differently and that’s when Kedi happened. I don’t
have any fixed notions. If I get across a story I like,
I will take it up.
When would you
Tamannah - I don’t know. When
the director thinks I am right enough for dubbing in
my voice, I will do it.
Did you find it
risky to shoot the chase sequences?
Madhie - Yes. It was risky shooting
when vehicles are moving at a minimum speed of 100 kms
per hour. But we had taken all precautionary measures.
Kanal Kannan master took care of my safety.
Now director Lingusamy put forth a question to the audience
What did you like
Audience - Yuvan’s music, chemistry
between Karthi and Tamannah, the beautiful portrayal
of the barren national highway.