press conf. today at Hotel Green Park, Chennai.
The worldwide gross box-office collections of Suriya’s films in the last five years, place the actor on a different level. He does every kind of cinema and is extremely versatile. He doesn’t want to be slotted in any image trap and if anyone had doubts about his pulling power at the box-office, Ayan silenced them all. Now the actor is tensed as a lot is riding on Aadhavan, his Diwali release has been sold at all areas for a rumoured Rs 40 crore, the highest in his career. In a brief chat with the media the Badshah of Box-office speaks.
How was it working with KS Ravikumar, the director with the midas touch?
I was a bit tensed in the beginning and let me confess that it was my dream to work with him. He has directed all big stars like Rajikanth and Kamal Hassan and given so many blockbusters in Tamil. But after a few days of shooting, I started thoroughly enjoying and I learned so much from him. He is cool as cucumber. In fact, both of us are back with Aadhavan after giving super hits like Dasavatharam and Ayan.
Tell us about your producer Udayanidhi Stalin?
Uday is more like a friend and I have not seen a producer who is so involved with his film. His passion and commitment has to be seen to be believed. He was there throughout the shoot, even in the very cold Iceland and was a big support and seeing that we had no problem at any given point of time.
So what’s Aadhavan all about?
My character is that of an assassin in Kolkata. The stills may have me with a gun but let me assure you that there is no blood or gory scenes in the film. It is a clean family entertainer for all ages. Vadivel’s comedy will have you in splits and the songs which are already a huge hit has been picturised in a visually stunning manner.
You always try to do something different in every film. What’s the highlight in Aadhavan?
I play a 10-year old in the film, a 10 to 15 minute footage which will be a major highlight. Initially we were little apprehensive about how it will work out but thanks to Govardhan the Mumbai based visual effect specialist, it has come out very well. I cannot reveal how we did it till the film is released.
How was it working with Nayanthara?
She is a complete professional, who used to come to the sets atleast 5 minutes earlier than me. She has improved leaps and bounds as an actress since I worked with her in Ghajini. Her character has lot of clarity and looks more beautiful.
Veteran actress Saroja Devi is doing a crucial role. Please comment?
Saroja Devi amma was a delight to work with. In fact she re-created the 60’s feel for us on the sets. She is so full of life and positive energy that we all used to get charged up when she is on the sets.
So are you tensed, even when the trade predicts that the film is a sure hit?
No one can guarantee a hit. Ultimately, however much of hard work and pain goes into the making of a film, the audiences have to accept it. I have done my best and now it’s for them to give the verdict as the film opens on October 17 worldwide.