Many musicians are doing
made you turn a hero in Naan?
was a sound engineer to start with and after
listening to many compositions I improvised
and turned into a music director. Similarly
after seeing many films and observing many
artists I just decided to give acting a try.
I heard the script and liked it. It is not
as if I spent days contemplating on this.
It just happened. One needs to think hard
only for committing wrong things and not for
this. Of course people have conveyed their
apprehensions. I have time in my hand; I continue
to compose music for films as well. I am managing
time efficiently and delivering goods. So
that’s about it. And it’s not
something completely new that I am doing.
Many musicians are doing commercials and are
seen in albums. They go for five day shooting
and I go for 50 days. That’s the difference.
How has Naan shaped up?
Shooting for Naan will be completed soon and after
the post production work, the film should be ready
for release in August or September. Naan has shaped
is your role in Naan?
A young man who aspires to rise up in life encounters
a few hurdles and the choices he makes is Naan all
about. I cannot much reveal the story line now. I
would like to say Naan is a different subject. I play
the role of a young man who wants to come up in life.
is it to be working in front of the camera?
was never tensed but others were, for my sake.
I have acted in many plays in school and college
days. I have acted in front of 1000 odd individuals
and now to act in front of 50 crew members
is not difficult. I think I have done my role
casually and appropriately. In fact, I think
it is tough to act in plays as you need to
by heart lines running to pages, consider
the response from the audience and also manage
reactions from co-artists. But in film shooting,
the scenes are shot dialogue by dialogue from
different angles. To me it was an easier act.
To act in front of 50 crew
members is not difficult
You are also
producing Naan. Comment
I want to romance 5 heroines in
my next film
is it to be romancing three heroines in Naan?
am extremely happy and am contemplating to
romance five heroines in my next film (laughs).
Anuya, Roopa Manjari of Thiru Thiru Thuru
Thuru fame and a new comer Vibha are my screen
partners. Director (of Naan) is my class mate
and most of the crew belongs to my age group
and it’s a lot of fun at the shooting
On hearing the script of Naan, I felt I could do this
project and I approached my friend Venkatramani of
Sandra Media and he also liked the idea. My role as
a producer was also a happenstance. Instead of approaching
some other producer and waiting for their approval,
I thought why not I become the producer myself.
Do you have vigorous
dance movements like the Nakka Mukka in Naan?
Let that be a suspense, whether I dance in the film
What about the
stunt scenes in Naan?
Yes, the fight sequences were tough. I understood
the magnitude of the phrase ‘karanam thappinal
maranam’ (a nano slip leads to death) at the
shooting spot. In fact, I had fractured my leg and
was limping for some time. We cannot use body double
for everything. There are certain sequences which
I need to do. There was a scene that warranted my
action for which I had broken my knee and you will
see that also in the film.
Would you continue
If I like the script and can devote the right amount
of time, I will certainly continue to act.
has Velayudham music shaped up?
has shaped up well and is nearing completion.
Each song is sculpted for Vijay. It is a highly
expected album. Till now I have been listening
to the tracks in a technical manner to fine
tune the sounds. I will listen to it while
driving (as a listener) when I complete it.
I am glad about the way the project has shaped
up and audio will be released soon.
Each song in Velayudham is
sculpted for Vijay
Prabhakaran is a commercial
are your other projects as music director?
from Velayudham, I am working in Vishal’s
film being directed by Prabhu Deva which has
been tentatively titled Prabhakaran which
is a commercial action film. I am working
for the first time with Prabhu Deva and Raja.
Both Prabhu Deva and Raja are down-to-earth
people. I have finished composing all the
songs for Vishal’s film and the audio
will be out in a couple of months. I am also
doing G N Kumaravelan’s film with Bharath
as the hero and whose audio will also be released
soon. And so is the audio of Naan. All in
all, the audio of the films that I am involved
will be out almost in the same time.
Are you doing C S Amudhan’s film Nakka Mukka?
Yes, I will be doing Amudhan’s film after Naan.
The title could be Nakka Mukka. It is a different
subject and Amudhan is also my friend. We have not
begun the project as yet and we will soon do.
Dilamo or Usumalarse… Where do you get such
When we compose music we just use ‘thana na
na’ and the lyricists give us the lyrics. Sometimes
instead of ‘la la la’ or ‘thana
na’ I replace with dilamo or such phrase and
directors seem to like it a lot and want to use it.
Now it has become my signature style and people insist
on such terms. That’s how usumalarse, dilamo
and nakka mukka were born.
there such a phrase in Naan?
it will be ‘makka laya’. You will
soon listen to it.
It is ‘Makka Laya’ for Naan
To approach me
I have introduced 37 singers
are known to encourage new talents. Comment
love to encourage and work with new talents.
It is generally a struggle to get a footing
in the industry and I don’t want talented
people to go through that struggle. Till now
I have introduced 37 singers . I had time
earlier but now it is not the case. What happens
is people use me as a testing scale to find
out if they have singing talent at all. I
am doing this as a service and would certainly
continue to help the talented.
Chennai residents who want to make it big in the industry
can somehow manage to find their way. But for people
living outside, it is difficult. So for those, here
are the details. You can reach me at email@example.com
with all the details regarding your singing. Please
send in your voice in a musical form which is your
forte. You could be good in classical or folk. Please
don’t try which you don’t find comfortable.
If I like your voice, you would definitely get a call
from my office.
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