Although Ponniyin Selvan is about Arulmozhi Varman aka Raja Raja Cholan, when you ask who’s the protagonist of the novel collection, any reader of the books would say it’s Vanarkula Thilagam Vallavarayan Vanthiyathevan. He’s simply the favorite character from the e-book. No surprise from Sivaji Ganesan to MGR to Kamal Haasan to Rajinikanth, all high stars of Tamil needed to play the character. And probably the most coveted function lastly went to actor Karthi. In a current media interplay, the actor answered questions on taking part in Vallavarayan Vanthiyathevan. He additionally made some insightful observations about why it’s powerful to recreate Vanthiyathevan from the books in Mani Ratnam‘s Ponniyin Selvan.
Excerpts from the interview:
Inform us in regards to the problem of taking part in Vanthiyathevan.
When you’ve got learn the books, you recognize Kalki has written the ideas of Vanthiyathevan. He would maintain speaking to himself. You’ll be able to’t present that within the movie. So, to convey out what was happening in his thoughts on display screen was a problem. Additionally, a number of issues occur within the story. So, everytime you shoot a scene, the actors ought to bear in mind every part that occurred earlier than. To hold that baggage was arduous.
What did you study from Vanthiyathevan?
For those who discover, Vanthiyathevan won’t assume earlier than entering into a large number. He’ll solely assume after getting himself into an issue, and he’ll come out of it too. I learnt that it’s counterproductive to consider an issue with a number of nervousness. As a substitute, if you calmly give it some thought, you may clear up it.
After the Baahubali collection, Telugu cinema garnered worldwide fame. Do you assume after Ponniyin Selvan, the identical would occur with Tamil cinema?
I hope it will get worldwide acclaim. Mani sir has his distinctive sensibility. His movies and scenes nonetheless stand aside from the remaining. And, it is a historic fiction that’s being finished by somebody like him. From displaying a palace to the battle scenes, there’s his contact in all of them. He has shot the movie in actual places as a lot as doable. You understand how comparable movies are shot right here. It’s pointless to have such strain in regards to the monetary points of the movie. We depart it to people who find themselves involved about that. We have now finished our greatest. This era has achieved one thing that the folks earlier than us couldn’t. So, this movie is an achievement in itself.
In our previous historic movies like Sivaji Ganesan’s Raja Raja Cholan, characters would converse in pure Tamil, however on this movie, everybody appears to be speaking like odd folks.
Within the olden days, actors got here from drama or stage backgrounds. So, their appearing was reflective of that artwork kind. Nevertheless, Mani sir needed us to talk as naturally as doable. We needed to be actual folks with regular feelings. Think about if these characters lived as soon as upon a time, we needed to do what they’d have finished.
Your expertise of working with horses.
Ravi and I’d maintain telling one another, “If not for something, folks would come not less than for seeing horses and elephants on display screen.” Movies that includes actual animals have change into uncommon today. We see a number of western movies that includes horse scenes, and I’d really feel why we don’t have such movies right here. The arduous half was getting acclimatized to a number of horses. Initially, I assumed if I skilled one horse, it will be sufficient. However we couldn’t take the identical horse all over the place. So, I needed to practice with a number of horses. Horses can rotate their ears 360 levels. If the ears are usually not in the direction of the individual sitting on it, then it means the animal shouldn’t be respecting you. So, we stored speaking to them. Additionally, horses are herd animals. They’re good when they’re with different horses and never keen on being alone. So, it wants somebody reliable to go alongside. Mani sir used to say he needed to shoot a horse operating at full pace, I feel he realised all such needs with this movie.