Isn't TEZZ your third Hindi film with Ajay Devgn
It is purely a strange coincidence that TEZZ happens to be my third film in which I have been cast with Ajay Devgn, after COMPANY with which I had made my debut in Hindi films and RAMGOPAL VERMA KI AAG. I am glad that producers in Mumbai also repose trust in me and offer me roles here. COMPANY was a cult film and I am remembered even today for my role as the cop in it wherever I go in the North.
Didn't you find your role as a cop n TEZZ a tad too repetitive after playing the role of the cop in Company earlier
I would say that it is just unknowingly that I set out to play a cop in this one too, like in Company but the way Priyan has presented me in TEZZ is very different and I hope people like my role in it.
TEZZ is your first Hindi film with Priyadarshan with whom you have a history of working together
It is strange but true that though Priyadarshan and I have known each other from the time we were together in the college; it is my first film in Hindi with Priyadarshan. Believe it or not, I have already acted in 42 films with Priyadarshan in Malayalam and TEZZ is actually my 43rd film under his direction. Priyan did his first film with me - POOCHAKLKORU MOOKKUTHI. It is true that I did KALA PANI with Priyadarshan but then it was a Malayalam film which was dubbed in Hindi as well as Tamil and not made in Hindi.
How would you describe your role in TEZZ
I am doing a special appearance as Shivan Menon, a British Police Officer of Indian origin in TEZZ. I should say that TEZZ which has been made like a Hollywood film is Priyadarshan's best till date. It is not at all a remake of SPEED or BURNING TRAIN. It is out and out an entertaining thriller right from the first till the last frame.
How would you rate Priyadarshan as a director
His approach towards films is completely different. It has always been fun working with a director like Priyadarshan, who has done over 80 feature films and 150 ad films. His knowledge about films is different from that of others. As a director, he sets out to describe the scene and I just act it out with my
interpretation. It is an unknown chemistry that I share with Priyan as an actor. It is an everyday practice for Priyadarshan since he has been continuously directing films for the last 33 years.
In what way have you repaid the film industry which has made you what you are today
I run a studio and a school of animation where a team of dedicated teachers teach animation to budding young filmmakers in Thiruvananthapuram. Though Mammootty has a stake in the TV channel Kairali, I have steered clear of TV. I am a business man who dabbles in production as well as distribution and also own a 4 star hotel called Travancore Court in Kerala. Though earlier, I used to have a chain of restaurants in Dubai, I closed down my operation there.