Bala sir did not even audition me
did Avan Ivan happen?
Ivan happened by chance. I must say, it is
mere luck. Bala sir had auditioned many girls
for my role and was not happy because there
were certain features that he wanted in his
character Thenmozhi which he was yet to find
in them. I was called for the audition when
they had already started the shoot. When Bala
sir met me in his office, he was very happy
with the pictures I had sent and spoke to
me for a very long time. He did not even audition
me and said that I am in the project.
everyone knows, Bala sir is a serious film
maker. Before joining him, everyone scared
me that he is very strict, never smiles at
the sets and so on. But he proved everyone
wrong. It was very comfortable working with
him. Bala sir is cool headed and a funny person
too. Each day during Avan Ivan shoot was a
learning experience. Bala sir is just not
a brilliant director but also a great artist.
He used to explain each scene and enact it
which was mind blowing. Bala sir is certainly
multifaceted. I have learnt so much from him
and have grown as an actor after Avan Ivan.
Bala sir is cool headed and a
funny person too
Arya took good care of me
is my costar in Avan Ivan and is very good
looking. He sports a completely tanned look
in the film. He never treated me like a newcomer.
He made me feel comfortable and made sure
I did my best. When he realized that if I
was hesitant to approach Bala sir, he would
come to my rescue and explain things. Arya
took good care of me as a co-artist. I am
thankful to him as it is nice to have a good
chemistry because it reflects well on screen.
Arya has become a good friend to me now.
There is a lot to talk about Vishal as well.
Vishal has done such a fantastic performance
in this movie and I am sure after watching
the movie, you will also say the same thing
because no other actor has done such a role.
His squint act is one and I used to wonder
how difficult it is to hold like that and
do several monitors, takes and retakes. Vishal
is so hard working and I am sure he will get
an award as he has done a commendable job.
Vishal is sure to get an award for
Janani is a model from Chennai and is a great co-star.
All four of us had good fun but not while shooting
because during shooting we used to keenly observe
what’s happening. I don’t think, in my
past, I have had such a young team to bond with and
this is the first of its kind for me. I really enjoyed
shooting for Avan Ivan.
Bala sir played lot of pranks
memorable event while shooting for Avan Ivan?
were many such events. As you all know, it
is a young team and each one was bullying
the other. Vishal never played any prank on
me. Arya used to make fun of me in a very
sweet way. Bala sir also played lot of pranks.
He used to imitate people who used to watch
the shoot. It was very funny.
Have you dubbed in Avan Ivan?
I have dubbed for myself in Avan Ivan. It is an add-on
for me in addition to the film being Bala sirs. To
get an opportunity to work with Bala sir is something
like a gift. For an artist, it is important to showcase
one’s potential. Bala sir had the confidence
in me; I am just picking my Tamil. He said that he
would try my voice, if it goes well, otherwise he
would use the services of a dubbing artist. Thankfully,
it was fine and Bala sir used to correct me and give
me tips while I was dubbing. And it went on very well.
Who has more
screen space? You or Janani Iyer?
I cannot say who has more screen space really because
I have not seen the movie fully. The title is Avan
Ivan and it is majorly about Arya and Vishal. Apart
from them, G M Kumar has done a phenomenal performance
in the film. There are a lot of new faces in the film
and I cannot say I am there in these many scenes or
so many songs. All I can say is I have got a good
role in Bala sir’s film and what more can I
between Telugu and Tamil film industry
I am only speaking for myself and not for
anybody else. The roles I did in Telugu are
way more different than in Tamil. Here it
is more realistic and practical in terms of
film making process. Technically Tamil is
bigger than Telugu and the difference lies
in this aspect.
Technically Tamil is bigger than
Many projects have come my way but I have not signed
any. And very soon, you will hear about my next
I am really lucky because my earlier film Padhinaaru
was also done by Yuvan and now Avan Ivan also is
done by him. Lovely music in Avan Ivan and I just
love the title track. Next to it is the Rasathe
song which is picturized on me and Arya. The BGM
has also come out very well.
AGS has done the production for Avan Ivan. They
have given wonderful films like Madarasapattinam.
I am really glad that I am part of such a big film
with talented director and accomplished producer.
Cinematographer Wilson has made me look so nice
even without a tinge of make-up. I was always tensed
about my skin tone and dark circles and he would
assure me that everything will be taken care of.
And he has kept his word. I look good without make
up and hope you would like me too. I am also thankful
to the direction department who helped me well.