It’s no exaggeration to say that there are palpable expectations among moviegoers whenever the Atharvaa movie comes out. The interpreter in him hardly disappoints whatever the fate of his films at the box office. The actor, whose last two outings were remakes, is thrilled with his latest outing Kuruthi Aattam which hit screens today.
The film directed by Sri Ganesh has him trying out a boy-next-door role again, but it has a story and background that is different from the projects he was involved in. In an exclusive interview with OTTplay, the young star talks about the hopes he had on the action movie, the learning processes he went through, working with his co-stars and shares his opinion on the bad hall attendance. Extracts…
Kuruthi Aattam was finally released today. Is the excitement the same as when you signed the film?
Of course, I’m as excited as when I first heard his story a few years ago. I really liked the 8 Thottakkal of Sri Ganesh and I wanted to collaborate with him. It’s completely his film; I wanted him to do Kuruthi Aattam as he wanted. I eagerly await the public’s response.
The release of the project was delayed several times. How did you deal with these difficult situations?
The film was due to be released in 2020. When cinemas were initially closed due to the lockdown, we were pinning our hopes on our film being released as the first post-normal. But we didn’t expect the reopening of theaters to take months.
The release was further delayed despite the opening of cinemas. What kept us going was our faith in the film. There are things that are beyond our control and we didn’t want to rack our brains. We are happy that the film has finally hit the screens.
Kuruthi Aattam is a full action movie involving gang wars and various stunt episodes. What were the different preparations you underwent to achieve these sequences?
I play a kabaddi player in the film; although I practiced this sport, I had to learn its nuances in a professional way. It was fun working with a few co-stars like Kanna Ravi and Vatsan Chakravarthy because we’re in the same age group. The learning process was very pleasant with them.
All the actors discussed each scene and improvised on their respective parts. I had to stay fit for the character; my regular training and diet helped me achieve the required physique for the character. For the stunt sequences, we had both Sri Ganesh and the action director Vicky calling. Convincing the two was a real challenge.
What are the different things you have to do in the movie that you haven’t done before?
I play a Madurai paiyan in the film who is passionate about kabaddi. The way my character approaches the action sequences, whether offensive or defensive, is related to his talent for playing this sport. It was unlike any stunt scene I’ve been in to date.
What do you think Kuruthi Aattam’s USP is?
I would say the USP is his emotions. There is no positive and negative character in the film; each character has a reason for their actions. I think their stories are also told in an intriguing way. These are the situations that cause each character to behave in a certain way. I think that aspect of the script is what makes the film a unique attempt.
The director’s first film, 8 Thottakkal, did not have a young hero as the protagonist. On the contrary, this time, it is a young star who plays the main role. Do you think that led the filmmaker to compromise, like incorporating a female lead or a romantic lead for commercial gain?
Not really. Every scene in the film is organic, and no sequences or characters have been forcibly added for the sake of commercial compromise. Moreover, the project is an action movie in its own right and has been promoted as such ever since it hit the shelves. The only thing the director had in mind when shooting the movie was to make sure the action scenes weren’t as gory as we want family audiences to come and watch.
How do you view the concern that audiences across the country have become too demanding when it comes to visiting theaters?
It’s true that filmmakers have to bring their A-game to impress audiences today. But I believe every good movie that’s been released in theaters has had its share of success, regardless of what platform it’s released on after its theatrical window.