I am satisfied, happy and at peace: Vijay
Sridevi Sreedhar | Tuesday, 04 May , 2010, 13:47
Today, Vijay is an icon in his own right- millions of youngsters idolize him. All top producers, directors and heroines want to work with him and his persona gets bigger with each film. He has survived the highs and lows but remains the biggest phenomenon in Kollywood.
Vijay’s new release Sura has taken a bumper opening worldwide, though he is modest enough to agree with critics that it is another mass formula film. In this exclusive interview to Sridevi Sreedhar, he opens up.
What is your state of mind?
I am happy, at peace.
Sura has been torn by critics. There is always a negative talk about your films for the first three days of release. Does all this affect you?
It mattered to me a few years back but today I have crossed that stage. And bad reviews do not affect me or my film. It’s the audiences who decide the fate of a film not critics. Success or failures don’t matter to me. I take everything in my stride and move on. And I want to make a point to critics in general that they have all the right to point out mistakes in anybody’s films but not try to keep the audiences away from theatres as it affects the all-important 10 day business of any film.
What attracted you to do Sura, your 50th film?
For me, Sura is my next film after Vettaikaran. I never wanted it to be hyped as my 50th film.
There is an underlying message in the film.
If you see my last few films, I fight for my love, friend, mother or sister. But here, hero Sura fights for an entire village full of poor, helpless people. I was very satisfied while doing the film and today (smiles) with the collection figures.
The release of every film of yours is an event in Tamilnadu. And Sura has taken a gargantuan opening in Tamilnadu and Kerala…
I owe it all to my audiences. They have supported me and encouraged me. I can’t ask for more. I give my fans due respect because I believe that you cannot be unfair to people who love you unconditionally.
They say that Sura has lot of political anecdotes. Please comment?
It was not deliberate attempt. After the script was complete, we thought that those dialogues were appropriate to the story as the villain is a corrupt politician.
Which is your favourite song in the film?
I like the two songs in the second half- Thanjavoor Jillakkari… and Naan Nadanthal Adhiradi. We didn’t want the normal introductory song and tried a subtle and underplayed Vanga Kadal Ellai.. number. And there is no Kuthu song in the 12th reel like in all my films.
Tell us about your Siddique directed Bodyguard remake from Malayalam?
First and foremost let me tell you assure you that the title of the film is not Kavalkaran as reported. We are yet to title the film. I saw the original and liked it. It has a different script not following the beaten track of my formula films. Small changes have been made by director Siddique but we have not tampered with the basic story.
Is Sanjay doing the role of your son in the film?
(Laughs) Not at all. We have not discussed anything like that at home.
How was it working with Asin after a long time?
She remains the same though she went to Bollywood in between. Her cooperation, dedication and timing is the same.
What about 3 Idiots remake that is doing the rounds?
It’s too early to talk about it. There were some initial talks about it with Gemini films but nothing concrete has been discussed.
Posted on Dec 24th 2009
I am ready to experiment: Vijay
by Sridevi Sreedhar/Moviebuzz
He is undoubtedly an all-rounder superstar. He is the undisputed king at the ticket counters and his record of box-office success is unmatched and his films have collectively made more business than any other hero and even his severe critics have recognised his astounding reach and potential.
After a lukewarm Villu released early this year, a lot was riding for Ilayathalapathy on his new release Vattaikaran. And today, Vijay is all smiles after the film has been declared a hit by the trade.
The film did not have any big names like a big director, top comedian, top music director and added to that a heroine who is a newcomer to Tamil. But all the buyers and distributors in Tamilnadu and Kerala are happy that the money they invested on the star has paid off.
In this exclusive first-ever interview, after Vettaikaran release, Vijay sheds his famous reticence and talks non-stop, to Sify.com.
Why do you go into a hiding before the release of your films and avoid the press?
I know that media activity is part of my job but I tend to avoid it. Personally I prefer not to talk about my films prior to release and think that my film should speak for itself. And in the case of Vettaikaran, Sun Pictures was going full steam with promotions, so there was no need for me to do anything more (smiles).
What is the reaction of Vettaikaran from your fans and audiences? Did you watch the film in a theatre?
I love to watch my films in theatres to see the audience reaction. But now I have stopped it, as it creates unnecessary problem for all concerned. I want my fans to watch the film in peace and not to be disturbed, by my presence.
So how do you gauge a film?
I have my family and close friends who are my biggest critics. They will only point out the negatives first and then come to the highlights. I am also very lucky to have fans who feed me with the precise report of which scene, dialogue or song worked.
Do you take criticism and negative publicity in your stride?
Of course, yes. Enakku ethellam pazhagipochu .. (I have been used to all this) and I don’t get carried away by success or failures.
Do you do a post-mortem of your films?
Yes, I do. That has worked to my advantage and I try to better with every film.
Tell us about the songs in Vettaikaran which is a major plus for the film? And which is your favourite?
Vijay Antony’s songs are all peppy and mass numbers which have been placed and picturised well in the narrative. Among all the songs I rate Puli Urumudhu… and Naan Adichal… as my favourite.
You have tried different looks in the songs. Please comment?
(Laughs) These songs are all imagination songs and I like to try out something new in every film. When we were shooting for the song Kalikalan.. song, Dinesh master tossed up this idea to do an Aamir Khan act like the Tata Sky ad, where right-half of me is a girl and the left-half is a guy! I was initially hesitant as I had to take off my moustache and I could not imagine doing it. Later I thought it is a wacky idea, which is very challenging! From make up to costume, there was a lot of minute detailing. I took off half my moustache and we shot that particular scene after completing the film and incorporated it to the song. I think it was worth the trouble as my fans love it. And for the Oru Chinna Thamarai…, song when we brainstormed about how to look different, Banu suggested that why don’t I try long hair, which I always wanted to.
Why don’t you work with big directors and try out something different deviating from your usual formula?
I am ready. (Smiles) Are producers and distributors game for it?
Which is the favourite scene in Vettaikaran?
It is the 20 minutes of the second half when the villain played by Salim Ghouse takes me on a guided tour of his business’s and I walk behind him silently listening to all his boasting and at the end of it start reacting in a different manner. I loved this scene even when the director narrated it to me and trust me that this particular scene is getting maximum claps and whistling in theatres.
Is Sura, your 50th film follow the same formula pattern?
It is too early to comment on Sura. All I can say is that, the film is almost 50 percent complete and it is shaping up well.