Talk us through your role in Chandhupottu
It was an idea that came to us several years ago. As you would know it was a character that was made famous from the stage (from Benny P.Nayarambalam drama, Arabikkadalum Adbhudavilakkum'). But as you would appreciate, acting the role on stage is totally different from making it in cinema.
How different it is?
In stage, it is little easier to play such roles. And this is for obvious reasons. In films, you have to be careful about some many finer aspects. In close shots, you have to be careful that you don't end up as being coarse. Further, there is also the aspect of dressing and other elements that are unique to cinema.
In the end, it was a gamble still
It certainly was. It will always be. This obviously was a tight-rope walk. One wrong step would have brought us down. I watched my steps, so to say, all along. In the event, the effort seems to have paid off. The movie has clicked and has become something of a watershed.
Did you take this gamble because you were desperate for success?
It is a bit of a yes and no. Obviously, I did not have a good run. Yet, I must also say that I would have done this role at any point in my career. But there was more impetus to go for the jugular now.
How difficult was to convince yourself for this image change?
Actually, I am always ready to improvise and innovate. It all depends on the story and script.The good thing about Chandhupottu was the story was told endearingly. The emotions were soft. The audiences have naturally accepted the film and me. I took care it must not degenerate into mime act or some slapstick show done for effect only. So we had the whole theme running all through the film.
Did you model yourself on anyone?
No, Radhakrishnan (the character’s name) is an original, in the sense it was conceived in my mind. Of course, I have been impacted by certain people whom I had seen in my life. But I also ensured there is lot of originality in it, I especially worked on the voice and the modulation part.
Have you got out of the skin of the character?
I am still trying. But it is a tough act, you see.