The formidable team - Vikram, Anushka Shetty, AL Vijay and UTV - had earlier delivered a superhit film Deiva Thirumagal. Now, they are back with Thaandavam, which is an action-romantic film. The director of the film spoke to Oneindia about the movie, Vikram, human echolocation and more. Here are the excerpts from the interview:
Tell us about Thaandavam
Thaandavam is an action-love story. We have tried different things in the movie. It is different from all my earlier films where the protagonist plays the role of a blind. I am happy with the output and I am waiting for the audience response.
The idea of human echolocation...
Nirav Shah gave the idea of echolocation and directed us to Daniel Kish, who is an expert in human echolocation and President of World Access for the Blind. Kish gave inputs about echolocation before starting the project and also trained Vikram. He has also acted in a special role in Thaandavam. However, the main reason for choosing echolocation as a part of the subject is to give realistic touch to the film. We want to make the character believable, which will easily connect with the audience.
What made you choose Vikram for the lead role? Is it the good chemistry that worked for both of you in Deiva Thirumagal or you felt that the character fits him?
We share a great rapport. Actually, the subject of police office and blind impressed Vikram. As he was also very happy with the script, things fell into place quickly and the movie hit the floors.
Working with Vikram in your back-to-back films...
Vikram sir is an amazing actor and one of the best actors in India. Every director dreams to work with him. I'm really happy to have worked with him again. He has once again given his best to me. The amount of hard work that he has put in to the character will be visible to the audience. I'm sure that his performances in Thaandavam will win him a lot of laurels.
Tell us about your leading ladies Anushska Shetty and Amy Jackson.
Anushka is undoubtedly a great actress. It is a fantastic experience to be working with her in back-to-back films and we share a good comfort level too. Coming back to Thaandavam, the whole film revolves around her and she has done a wonderful job in the film. Madrasapattinam was Amy Jackson's first film. It was her initial footsteps in acting. But now she is matured and has developed every quality of a professional actress.
Your movie has bagged 'U' certificate once again. Are you making it deliberately or is it happening by chance?
Nothing intentional, but I love to make movies, which are watched by all sections of people. I target family audience. So there is no place for vulgar dialogues or overdose of violence. So, I believe my films have been getting clean 'U' certificate.
What's next after Thaandavam?
My next movie is with Ilayathalapathy Vijay.