In each of Vetri Maaran’s Viduthalai movies (components 1 and 2), comic Soori is taking part in the kadhayin naayagan (the plot’s hero) marking his first as the lead star. For these unversed, it would lastly appear like Soori’s bounce to the prime, after his parotta comedy sequence in Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009) made him a family title. But the actor has been a part of the movie trade for greater than 25 years now.
“I began appearing in 1996 and it was Sundar C anna’s Kannan Varuvaan (2000), starring Karthik sir, by which I spoke my first on-screen dialogue; and it was with Goundamani sir! I even posted that scene’s clip on my Instagram,” says Soori who’s visibly enthusiastic about his new stint in Viduthalai: Part 1 releasing this Friday.
Excerpts from an interview:
The story of how you bought on board Viduthalai deserves a movie of its personal…
Yes, I’ve all the time been eager on working with Vetri Maaran sir, though folks round me would say his movies received’t have my fashion of comedy. Somehow I managed to satisfy him at his workplace when he narrated a story set in Karaikudi. The quick narration had about 5 characters, and in all the ones I eyed, he stated he had another person in thoughts. When he completed, he advised me that I’d play the primary function. It took all of my would possibly to not present how ecstatic I used to be once I left his workplace. But I by no means bought an replace for a 12 months throughout which he was busy with Vada Chennai.
He later known as me and stated he was going to do Asuran with Dhanush sir. Given the success of Asuran, there was a lot of hypothesis on which star Vetri sir would subsequent staff up with and I used to be beginning to get fearful.
Thankfully, he known as me later, however then advised me that the earlier undertaking wasn’t attainable anymore; he narrated a new story which was primarily based on a novel and was set in Dubai (Meeran Mitheen’s Ajnabi). Pre-production work began and location scouting was additionally executed…. however throughout my photograph shoot, the pandemic hit us, rendering it unimaginable to shoot overseas. Then that bought dropped too! Finally Vetri sir narrated yet another new story once more, and this time, it occurred… and is able to launch in the type of Viduthalai.
What does Viduthalai speak about?
Viduthalai is about an abnormal man who’s put in a unprecedented scenario. He would contemplate a sure path to be the proper one, however is unable to as these above him assume in any other case. Even for our voices to be heard, we’ve got to be at a sure stage and that’s one thing I’ve observed in a lot of situations.
In Viduthalai, you play Kumaresan, a constable. You’ve performed cop roles earlier than, however that is the first time you’re doing it in a critical setup. How did you get into the pores and skin of the character?
Kumaresan is a man from a tough background full of unfulfilled goals. I’ve seen many individuals like that on a every day foundation — they’re both offering safety to political leaders, managing crowds at occasions that entice giant gatherings, or simply policing our roads. Their our bodies are match, however it’s their faces that inform us the tales. They are redolent of ambitions and pleased with the uniform they’re carrying.
I imagine that a comedy actor can pull off any function. But at the finish of the day, it’s a Vetri Maaran sir movie. On my very first day at the shoot, the typical Soori popped up with his over-the-top feelings. The director, after noticing it, known as me and advised me the form of individual Kumaresan is, and requested me to only take all that data in. It took me a whereas to suppress the previous me which stored intruding like a ghostentering the hero’s physique in horror movies! But the identical afternoon, I bought into the groove. I believe I’ve decently enacted what he anticipated from me, and now I can say that this movie has given me the confidence to do any function.
Vetri sir was additionally eager to make sure that I didn’t miss any of my movies as a comic throughout the shoot of Viduthalai. When I advised him I had bought the likelihood to behave in Rajini sir’s Annaatthe, he stated it was each actor’s dream to work with Rajinikanth and requested me to go forward. Similarly, he allowed me to work in Don, Viruman and Etharkkum Thunindhavan. After a whereas, I began rejecting movies with out bringing them to his discover; he would have organized all the things for our shoot, and I couldn’t see these efforts go in useless!
And your first movie as a lead actor additionally has music by Ilaiyaraaja; how thrilling is that?
I met him for the first time at the movie’s pooja. Vetri sir tried to introduce me to Ilaiyaraaja sir, however I simply needed to cover. When we lastly spoke, he wished me for taking part in the lead. On the first day, he needed to compose a tune which turned the Kaattumalli monitor. Midway, he stopped, stared at me and stated that in his total profession, there have solely been a handful of situations the place he had composed tunes in entrance of an actor. I used to be flabbergasted when he checked out me and stated, “Enna sir? Compose pannidalama?” Seeing my response, he advised me it was all God’s doing. It is now a core reminiscence.
You’ve been vocal about the undeniable fact that it was Vijay Sethupathi who requested you to take up any function given to you, and not anticipate the comedic ones…
I knew I may do extra than simply humour, like an emotional character. I used to be wanting ahead to such roles regardless that I wasn’t lobbying for them. Thankfully, even inside the comedy area, some movies like Kadaikutty Singam and Marudhu gave me the area to showcase a spectrum of feelings. But I actually lengthy to do movies like Neerkumizhi, Maadi Veettu Mappilai and Ethir Neechal. I need to be like Nagesh sir. It was Sethu mama (Vijay Sethupathi) who advised me to ask for such roles even when I don’t get them on my very own.
Vetri Maaran’s movies are recognized for making sturdy statements. As an actor, how essential is it so that you can be on the identical web page as the movie in relation to ideology?
I imagine I have to perceive what the movie says and that’s integral in really understanding my very own character. As far as the ideologies are involved, all of it comes right down to supporting the facet the place morality, equity and justice prevail. Audience perspective la edhu nyayama irruko, adhu dhaan namma paakanum.
Your subsequent movie Kottukkaali is with PS Vinothraj whose Koozhangal (Pebbles) was chosen as the Indian entry for the Oscars in 2022. How totally different will Kottukkaali be?
Just like how Viduthalai will present me in a totally different gentle, Kottukkaali will showcase me in a never-before-seen function. It will do its rounds of movie festivals, and will make a mark on the worldwide movie circuit. Similarly, Ram sir’s Yezhu Kadal Yezhu Malai shall be a distinctive undertaking as effectively.
Comedians choosing lead roles have seldom labored in our trade, however you’ve now said that you simply need to maintain doing humorous roles too. How do you propose on balancing this?
I used to be supplied hero roles earlier, however they had been in comedy movies; the comic Soori would have simply had extra display area in these movies. It didn’t really feel like a threat price taking. I believe rejecting these movies gave me Kumaresan.
I’d nonetheless like to do movies like Kadaikutty Singam and Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam, and I get these varieties of tales too. What I’m clear about will not be doing each single function I’m supplied. Apart from whether or not they’re profitable or not, the function ought to be fascinating for me. Given that persons are able to spend cash on me and do movies starring me as the lead, I can not afford to do random roles as a comic anymore.
The better part about taking part in a comic is, the variety of days I spend on a movie is much less and there are breaks between schedules, so I can accommodate a number of movies regardless of what function I play in them.
So how would you sum up this 25-year journey?
I believe I owe it to my thirst for one thing new as I all the time needed to push the envelope, given I’m by no means glad with my output. The manner I strategy work, and the respect I’ve for the craft has introduced me right here.
I get calls sharing how a lot they cherished a few of my comedy sequences. But I’ve a sure shut circle of mates who’re very vital of my work and each name from them after a movie releases provides me the shivers! I’ve listened to their recommendation and even visited theatres alone to gauge the response of the viewers. These actuality checks are the ones I crave.
Viduthalai: Part 1 releases in theatres on March 31