is my film after Avan Ivan, directed by Prabhu
Deva master. This is distributed by Sun Pictures.
Vedi is the remake of a Telugu film Souryam.
I am working with Prabhu Deva master for the
first time. I have been working with a lot
of new technicians and new cast for the movie.
It has a good script and a very strong technical
team. I have a huge responsibility to deliver
after Avan Ivan and I felt this movie will
be a clean family entertainer. I should thank
the entire cast and crew for delivering this
movie brilliantly. I hope you all will like
I have a huge responsibility to
deliver after Avan Ivan
I entrusted myself to Prabhu
with Prabhu Deva
I saw the Telugu movie for the first time,
I decided that Prabhu master should do the
remake. I started shooting immediately for
this movie after Avan Ivan and it took me
a while to get into the skin of my character
called Prabhakaran because I was still reeling
under the hang over of Avan Ivan. Prabhu master
understood that and he gave me a little break
to freshen up and come back for the movie.
I had to throw away my Walter character out
and start afresh for the movie. I had no expectations
about my role and hence I entrusted myself
to Prabhu master’s direction. I just
did what he told me to do and I am happy I
agreed to do that. The movie will have a stylish
Vishal, directed by Prabhu master.
is the first time Sameera Reddy is cast alongside
me. She’s as tall as me and that was
a good experience. She’s done a fabulous
job in both scenes and song sequences. It
was very difficult for her during the Ladakh
shoots but she cooperated tremendously and
as a result all her portions have come out
Prabhu master has brought in stunt choreographer Anal
Arasu for this movie. Again, I went and submitted
myself to him like a newcomer and I am happy with
the output. He’s given me a very good body language
for action sequences. I am glad that I found another
action choreographer to look forward to.
Prabhu infuses life and humor
elements in a song
confessed to Prabhu master that I am not a
great dancer but he asked me not to worry
about it. I wasn’t there for the shoots
of the first song, which was between Sameera
and Devi Sri Prasad. For the second song,
Sophie Choudry came down from Mumbai which
was an item song. For the item song in Telugu,
the movie’s hero had danced. However,
Prabhu master asked me to just walk throughout
the song and he convinced me saying that there
is another song that has scope for dancing.
And then came Icchu Kudu song, which is my
favorite song. Baba Baskar is the choreographer
for the song and I learnt something while
working on the song. It’s not just dancing
but Prabhu infuses life and humor elements
in a song. So his songs stand out. Songs are
this movie’s significant aspect and
all the songs are brilliantly done.
After having received recognition for Avan
Ivan, what do you think Vedi is going to offer
understand there is a huge pressure on me
after Avan Ivan but it’s also not good
to stress yourself out. According to me, Vedi
will be a perfect follow up for Avan Ivan.
After watching Avan Ivan, Prabhu Deva told
me that he understands the responsibility
that I have and Vedi will be equally admired.
I have been now proved as a performer and
I am sure Vedi will also be loved by fans
and that will become an important film in
Vedi will be a perfect follow up
for Avan Ivan
Feedback from fans
I am really thankful for my fans. They have time and
again pointed out what’s good and what’s
bad in my movies. The have supported me a lot and
all I have in mind is to entertain my fans. Again,
I am really thankful for my fans for being with me
throughout my journey as an actor.
After Sun took up the movie’s
distribution, the promotion has
Picture’s role in Vedi
Sun took up the movie’s distribution,
the promotion has become twofold. We all know
how aggressive Sun is in promoting their pictures.
Vedi is also going to take a big release in
terms of number of screens. I usually have
pre-release jitters but thinking of the worldwide
release, this movie is going to be huge. I
also have good feeling about this movie.
When would you
be teaming up with Lingusamy?
Vijay Anthony’s music
Anthony and I were classmates during our Vis.
Comm. days in Loyola College. I wanted to
become a director and he, a musician. We tried
a lot to work together but it never worked
out. This was a perfect opportunity. In Prabhu
Deva’s movies, people expect songs to
be good and Vijay Anthony understands the
pressure. I think he’s given his best
for Vedi. All the 5 songs are good. Vedi’s
pre-release buzz is mainly because of Anthony
and I thank him for that.
Vedi’s pre-release buzz is mainly
because of Anthony
I am going to work for Thiru’s movie called
Samaran. After that I will work for Lingusamy during
the beginning of next year. I am looking forward to
these two films.
How do you choose
I do not have any such plans. I am taking things as
they come. I did not expect to work in Bala’s
film or Prabhu Deva’s film or Thiru’s
film. All these things happen on their own. I think
it’s going to be a very good journey from hereon
R D Rajashekhar is a magician,
not a cinematographer
R D Rajashekhar
have to particularly thank R D Rajashekhar.
He’s a magician, not a cinematographer.
People told me that I look good in this movie,
probably the best in my entire career. I felt
the same too. I have worked with R D in Sathyam.
I do not know how he does it but he does it
in a mind-blowing fashion. He was one of the
first technicians to be committed to the movie.
I am hugely thankful to him for his work.
Your Himalayan trips
do not go to Himalayas for meditation or for
spiritual reasons. I went to Kullu, Manali
and Jammu first when my dad produced a movie
called I Love India in 1992. And I was fascinated
ever since and whenever I get an opportunity,
I take off to the hills. I go there after
I finish a movie, just to rejuvenate myself.
When I am there I want to be myself.
I don’t go to Himalayas because
Rajini sir goes there
I love trekking and all adventure activities in the
Himalayas. We were supposed to go to South Africa
(for Vedi) but when visa did not come through and
since it was too late to go anywhere else, I suggested
Ladakh. We faced a lot of altitude sickness issues
but the songs were shot brilliantly. I think I have
some kind of connection with that place and I love
going back there again and again. I don’t go
to Himalayas because Rajini sir goes there or to follow