What is Vandhaan Vendraan all about?
is a travel about beautiful relationships
and love. And you also have some action sequences.
VV will be a sleek film. There is a beautiful
love story, a family sentiment and also a
rivalry in VV which would apparently mean
the film is a mass entertainer. At a time
when it is rare for a film to be certified
as U, VV has got a U certificate. We consider
this a huge plus for the film.
Vandhaan Vendraan U
certificate is a huge plus for the
The first lead in VV is its story
is VV going to be different from other films?
don’t claim that my films or my characters
as different. I would only say each of my
character is interesting. Like a Ram or E
or Ko or Katradhu Thamizh, I look for variety
in the roles that I take up. As far as I am
concerned, VV is a film with a strong content.
Besides me, Taapsee, villain and comedian
Santhanam, the first lead in the film is the
I first met music director Thaman for this
film, it was very energetic. He is a music
director for today’s and yesterday’s
generation. He has given the best songs which
include Anjana Anjana, Kanchanamala, Thiranden
and Piriyude. You would find that all the
songs are connected. Each song will be of
different variety and you will not find the
old format of commercial films. Each song
would depict a different emotion as there
is a beautiful duet, a good travelogue number
and a ditty on celebration of success. When
I first met Thaman for this film he said,
‘You please don’t give me salary
for this film. You first listen to the tracks
that I have scored and then decide”.
He is such a personality who has immense confidence
in his capability. It was a beautiful experience
working with Thaman. In tune with Thaman’s
music, visuals have also come out very well.
I think we have done justice to his music.
You please don’t give me salary
Kannan was like a firecracker
with director Kannan
Kannan is a balanced personality. He is from
Mani Ratnam’s school of film making
and working with him has filled in the void
that I had of not working in Mani sir’s
film. Usually the unit would be very calm
but Kannan would be like a firecracker bursting
all over mainly to keep the artists cool so
that they don’t get stressed. His approach
to work was balanced, precise and content
oriented. He had clear notion as to how much
of an idea or thought should be conveyed and
has a subtle approach. When you see his idea
visually after editing, it takes on a totally
different appealing hue. Kannan’s school
of film making was very different to me and
it was a great experience to have worked with
How was Taapsee to work with?
Taapsee, VV is a second Tamil film but it
would never appear so. I see a lot of interest
and enthusiasm in her to learn new things.
She has lengthy dialogues in VV and she being
a North Indian girl, one would expect some
kind of trepidation from her side but she
totally floored me when she said that she
has learnt the dialogues. I felt good and
told her it makes it a lot easier to give
the right kind of counter and it also brings
the spontaneity out when your co-artist knows
the dialogues. In that way Taapsee is a dedicated
I see a lot of interest and
enthusiasm in Taapsee
Nandha’s role is much better and
more powerful than mine
is no such thing as hero or villain in VV.
Nandha’s role has negative shades and
he has brought that shade in a very effective
fashion. To be very frank, Nandha’s
role is better, stronger, more commanding
and powerful than mine. Nobody other than
Nandha would have suited this role. He is
sure to get a good name for his work in VV.
We both have been very good friends. I have
met him in earlier occasions in different
places and we used to share our appreciation
for each other’s work. So when we teamed
up for a film, we had fun times. Nandha being
a Coimbatore person, has a sharp sense of
wit and there were times when we had roaring
laughter sessions which even prevented us
from getting into the shots. He is a very
good human being and also a great performer.
He is a properly trained actor. The films
that he is doing also reveal different facets
of his acting prowess. His line up of films
is indicative of the fact that he has all
the qualifications to be a front runner. I
can very proudly say that I have worked with
Nandha in VV.
while he speaks normally, Santhanam evokes
laughter. In VV he has a shop that sells panipuri
and he attempts to speak Hindi that is more
terrifying. At the sets, Santhanam and I had
great fun and did our scenes in a very lighthearted
vein. Later I used to wonder if I had really
done justice but when I saw those scenes,
they had shaped up in an interesting manner.
Technicians who were not at the sets, when
they saw the film, they were all roaring in
laughter. So I kind of knew that the comedy
has worked out well. And when I saw the double
positive, I was also very happy that it has
turned out well. Ours is a good combination
and Santhanam surely lights up the proceedings.
Santhanam’s Hindi is terrifying
Comedy has worked much
better in Nanban than 3 Idiots
has Nanban shaped up?
has shaped up well. It has more grandeur,
better quality. And, as it is Shankar sir’s
film, it has his touch all over. We did not
want to spoil the essence of the Hindi original.
We have filmed in such a way that people who
have seen the Hindi original will not say
it’s not as good as the Hindi. Comedy
has worked much better in Tamil and emotions
have been conveyed beautifully. I can confidently
say that if this film has been taken by anyone
other than Shankar, it would not have come
out this well. I can say this as someone who
has seen the finished rough version.
Is there an influence of Sharman Joshi in
your character portrayal in Nanban?
aim was not to disturb the original character
even in the minutest way. But I feel the Tamil
version will be more entertaining. That’s
what I felt when I saw the film as an audience.
And the finer emotions involving friendship
are well brought out. I am very positive about
Nanban. I cannot say there is an influence
(of Sharman Joshi). I have portrayed the role
in my individual style.
I have portrayed my role in
Nanban in my individual style
Nee Thaane En Pon Vasantham and Mysskin’s Mugamoodi
Nanban would give you a feel of
having eaten a full course meal
a great unit with Vijay sir, Sathyaraj sir,
Srikanth, Ileana and Anuya, You would get
the feel of having eaten a full course meal
when you see Nanban. I am the youngest in
the unit and Vijay sir is senior to me in
age and in experience. It was a lively unit
and we all had fun playing pranks on each
other. We have all becomes good friends and
I know Vijay from my childhood days when he
has acted in some of our production ventures
when I used to call him Anna. With this film,
the bonding between me and Vijay has strengthened.
And Srikanth and I have been friends for a
long time. In this film, our travel has been
more together and as there is no jodi for
me and Srikanth, it was boring and since there
was no other go, me and Srikanth have become
the jodi of Nanban. It was good fun and also
we had lots of travel in Nanban. We went to
Andamans, Ooty, Coimbatore and Dehradun for
I have just begun Gautham sir’s Nee Thaane En
Pon Vasantham under Rahman sir’s music. I am
glad and proud that I have got such a project. Post
Ko, more than the star status I am glad that I get
opportunities to work under good directors.
In Mysskin’s Mugamoodi, it is a different dimension
with a super hero subject. According to me both are
different genres. When I heard the story of Mugamoodi
and the envisaged treatment, I feel it will bring
a different level of film making to the fore. Yes,
for NTEPV, I had to lose a lot of weight as I have
to sport a college student’s look. For this
I had undergo some diet regimens and work out sessions.
And I also had to take kungfu lessons for Mugamoodi.
seem to be the choice for diverse roles. How did this
What is the special makeover that Gautham
has given you in NTEPV?
you see in front of you now is the makeover
of NTEPV. I don’t think you would have
seen me in this kind of look anytime before,
perhaps in Dishyum…After Ko and Rowthiram,
it sure is a different look. And people have
looked at me and asked if I am Jiiva’s
younger brother but I don’t have a younger
brother. I take this as an appreciation and
this itself is the first success of NTEPV.
There are three changeovers in NTEPV encompassing
15 years. It is going to be a different trip
There are three changeovers in
Nee Thaane En Pon Vasantham
encompassing 15 years
As an actor I would like to trip on everything as
that’s what an actor’s job is. And I feel
lucky as I am in a different shoe every month. It
is something very positive as I tend to meet a lot
of people, new places and get the taste of new culture.
If I do the same kind of films, then I tend to see
the same kind of people again and again which is not
interesting. It could be a safe trip but I also need
to get entertained.
Secondly, why is someone an actor? Only when I trip
on various roles, I can bring about variety. I should
take on the role of a beggar, a rich man, a college
student, an old man, a photographer, an angry young
man, an artistic personality, a slum boy and so on.
I would like to do all kinds of roles and in this
pursuit, I think I am doing a good job.
Your take on
your special camaraderie with Arya and Jeyam Ravi
Social networking is like GPS
are very active on social networking sites.
I am very active on the social networking
site as I get instant reactions and know the
current trends. I am trying to learn about
the pros and cons of subjects related to films,
audience’s expectations, their likes
and dislikes. Social networking is like GPS
in terms of finding the right direction. If
I am confused about something, I would throw
the idea and try to gauge the reaction from
my fans and friends. If it is positive, I
would take it up and if there is a dull response,
I would let it go. Being in a social networking
site is good but at the same time, it gets
addictive too as I also have a family to attend
to. So as far as possible, I try my best to
reply to the maximum and update myself.
It is not only Arya and Jeyam Ravi but also others
like Vishal, Vikranth, Vishnu, Mirchi Siva, and Bharath.
Cricket has made all of us closer and Ramana is the
one who coordinates between all of us. We also get
together and play in the nets. It is a very healthy
trend. We all try to meet every weekend and catch
up. Recently it was Vishal’s birthday and we
all gave a surprise party. It is not only actors;
I also bond well with actresses like Sangeetha, and
Krish. We are all good friends.
On your recent
enterprise 1 MB?
Yes, I started a chaat restaurant called One MB as
I wanted to trip on food joints. Again it is very
connected to the audience. I have started this along
with my friend Ajay, his wife and my wife Supriya.
It is a very creative business. My wife is from Delhi
and when I go there, I used to eat food from road
side joints which I cannot do it here. So I thought
why not I bring all those food items here. And I am
getting good response also.
with Arya under Rajesh’s direction
It is still in the stage of talks. Rajesh is also
busy with OKOK and Karthi’s next project. Of
course, he is doing a film with me next year. I am
also starting my production company, although I am
yet to finalize a name. As of now, Arya and I will
be producing Rajesh’s film and we may also star
in the film. Nothing has been finalized now. Talks
are on and let’s see how things go.