The National Award-winning actor, who has given
hits like "Sethu", "Pithamagan" and "Anniyan",
will be seen in a negative role in the movie and says he loves
to identify with the characters he portrays.
"I love to identify myself with the characters
I play in my movies. I try to get the character in my looks, then
slowly get accustomed to mannerisms. In a month, I would live
and sleep like him," said Vikram, whose mega budget movie
"Kanthaswamy" directed by Susi Ganesan has just hit
Excerpts from an interview:
Q: How thrilled are you to be part of a Mani
A: Directors like Mani Ratnam and Bala strive
for perfection. It's always a pleasure to be associated with such
people. For "Ravan", we shot in the dense forests of
Kerala, crowded streets of Kolkata and the cold climate of Madhya
Mani Ratnam is like a soldier on the war front
when he is at the shooting spot. He comes out with scenes that
capture reality without exaggeration. I'm learning more about
cinema working with a person like Mani Ratnam. Working with Abhishek
Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai was a different experience. I was impressed
with their commitment to excel.
Q: How do you manage to get under the skin of
A: I love to identify myself with the characters
that I play in my movies. I would strive to get the character
in my looks, then slowly get accustomed to mannerisms. In a month,
I would live and sleep like him. That made me successful in films
like "Sethu", "Pithamagan" and "Anniyan".
Q: Any plans to join Bollywood?
A: I'm not keen to act in Hindi movies. Language
is a problem. An actor should understand what a director wants
him to do. Working in South Indian films gives me great satisfaction.
However, I would love to do a movie with filmmakers like Rakeysh
Omprakash Mehra or Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Q: What is your dream role?
A: I play an interesting and
unique role in my next film to be directed by
Selvaraghavan. I'm eagerly waiting to start shooting for the film.
Tamil cinema has grown by leaps and bounds. If we concentrate
on doing movies close to reality, we can scale greater heights.
Q: Are you interested in direction?
A: Of course. Every actor would aspire to wield
the megaphone one day. Having worked with Mani Ratnam, Shankar
and Bala, obviously there is an urge in me to test my directorial
Q: What About the delay in your just released
A: Some of my movies take time to see the light
of the day, but I forget all pains once people throng theatres
in large numbers and appreciate it. I always wanted to talk less
and work more. I know the value of success because I had to work
very hard for more than a decade to achieve it.