I am not a mass actor like Ajith sir or Vijay sir: Vijay Antony


I don’t take my characters home. I found the narration quite gripping and was keen to not miss the project. Advertising

I have Agni Siragugal, Khaki with Senthil Kumar and an untitled project with Ananda Krishnan of Metro fame in the pipeline. The credit goes to producer Pradeep and distributor G Dhananjayan, who came up with the idea of paying tributes to iconic suspense thrillers including Sigappu Rojakkal. I am in a happy space at present. (Smiles) That is what happens when you work with a legend. I don’t think so. I slipped into depression because I was insecure about a lot of things. Hey, I read your review, by the way. Advertising

(Laughs) I know what you are saying, but I didn’t sign it because of that. It’s not that I am only attracted to dark films. Though I had given many chartbusters, my stint as a music director was not all that great. It doesn’t mean it was flawless. (Smiles)
Was there ever a back-up plan if films didn’t work out? (Chuckles)
Are you still dreading dance sequences? Thankfully, the scenario has changed. Not at all. Now, there is less baggage and I am focusing more on acting. They were good scripts, but I don’t understand why they didn’t work. We explored the other side of human nature, which is grey. I stay true to my characters because I know what works for me and does not. Take Saithan and Annadurai for example. Anyone can relate to them and realism is the common thread. Do you enter home actually as a journalist? Your previous outing, Thimiru Pudichavan didn’t do well. Sometimes, it does not. He is a natural actor who scores high even with fewer dialogues. To be honest, acting is easy compared to anything else. You used to compose music, produce and even edit films. How is Tamizharasan shaping up? Moreover, director Andrew Louis was my classmate in college and has helped me when I knew nothing about the industry people. I can tell you that much. It gives you a high. For example, you are a journalist and you write on films. I will be laughing or cracking a joke, and when you say ‘action’, I can do a serious scene. Likewise, Pichaikkaran was a runaway hit. It wasn’t bad. Have you stopped multitasking? (Smiles) I quite enjoyed playing a loud cop. Sometimes, it works. I am working on them. You never know why. He has assisted SJ Suryah as well. Thank you. People don’t see me as a star, and that’s a huge advantage. I like being an actor. The film has music by Ilaiyaraaja sir. As for music, I have decided not to compose. Maybe, it has got something to do with the titles—I don’t know. If a film has to survive generations, it will survive on its content and craft. People say I have also started speaking philosophy like him. No film survives because of a big name. (Grins) But a senior film critic who I look up to liked it, which I didn’t know—until he interviewed me ahead of Kolaigaran’s release. My films run because of good content and nothing else. I get commercial acclaim because of critical acclaim and it is a chain reaction. Further, promotions played an important role in getting visibility. As you are aware, I am not a trained composer and I didn’t know music. I always thought you are a better music composer. Advertising

I think only you didn’t like it. Pretty well. I don’t get such roles often. Simultaneously, I am listening to scripts. When you leave your workplace, it is natural that you leave those related traits right there. I can switch on and switch off easily. I am not a mass actor like Ajith sir or Vijay sir. (Laughs) I know it. More Explained

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I became a producer because nobody was ready to finance my films. You know, my entire life is like a back-up plan. Kolaigaran is not a typical hero-villain subject. How was it to work with Arjun Sarja? What’s next? Reviews don’t necessarily represent what your average audience thinks. In fact, I find it creatively satisfying. The audience doesn’t come to see me. 0
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Unlike other actors, you are not mindful of your image. So, are you saying Thimiru Pudichavan was an excellent film? But I can only choose the best of what is offered. He made me feel comfortable on the sets and it never felt like I was acting alongside an experienced artiste.