Why a remake of a Hindi film?
Why does someone make a film based on epics like ‘Ramayana’ and ‘The Mahabharata’? I mean just about everybody knows the storyline isn’t it? Even in English, Shakespeare’s plays were made into films over and over again and even then whenever a Shakespeare’s play is made into a film with new actors there are stores all over in the media about the film. Even take the case of a comedian. The same joke cracked by a different comedian gives it a different momentum altogether. Similarly, it is the case with this film. It is all a question of interpretation and ‘A Wednesday’ was a small film that went on to be a big film. See, even True Lies (a popular English film) was a remake of a French film. If the producers thought that it isn’t worth to remake it they wouldn’t have done it right? In that case it would have been confined to the French audiences only. See, everybody may not be as informed as the media, but ‘A Wednesday’ being a great film that it is was appreciated by the Hindi audience and we want to present a film of such quality to the Tamil and Telugu audiences as well.
Tell us about the music?
Music wise, it isn’t a film with songs shot at all those picturesque locales in Switzerland, Simla, Darjeeling and all. Moreover, there is no question of the lead actors having a duet (laughs). We have not gone into that as it is a really different story and the music is something that goes with the flow. Like most films, there is no stopping of the flow and then have a duet or something like that in our film. The music is presented in such a way as to enhance the movement of the film. Each of the songs, I would say will make an impression in their own way.
When there are two challenging characters you normally portray both of them but why is this different?
No, people have been complaining that I end up doing all the characters in a film and there is nothing left on the table for other actors (Laughs). ‘Dhasavatharam’ was actually a satire on all the double roles that I have portrayed over the years, 22 to be precise and I felt that there should be an end to all this and go back to regular acting. Somewhere the line needs to drawn and ‘Dhasavatharam’ puts an end to it and give other actors a chance to share screen space with me. As a matter of fact, I always was a reluctant actor as I wanted to become a technician. It is just money that drove me into being an actor.
On the title of the movie?
In Tamil it is called ‘Unnaipol Oruvan’. It is in honour of a great writer and my favorite named ‘Mr. Jayakanthan’. It is the title of one of his great books and I took special permission from Mr. Jayakanthan and named the film as a mark of respect for a truly great writer.
Unlike in the Tamil, where the title somewhat relates to the hero, why was it named ‘Eenadu’ in Telugu?
See, a true translation like a ‘Mangalavaram’ sounds weird and doesn’t really suit the storyline. ‘Eenadu’ translates to today and is more contemporary. It suits the film. I was under the impression that I have discovered the title but someone pointed out that the title was already taken. The title so aptly suits the film that I said its okay; let us go ahead with it even though the title was taken for an earlier film.