Family Man 2 actor Uday Mahesh on playing Chellam sir, becoming internet’s ‘darling’ at 51 


“If a filmmaker can predict exactly what people would like, every film would be a hit. “I was told Chellam was a super conscious spy, who would be the person the hero would turn to if he had any doubt. But, this performance got me recognition at a national level.”
Mahesh, 51, has been active in Tamil film industry for more than 15 years. But, Uday didn’t know at the time that something more exciting was in the store for him. From being a subject of jokes and memes online (including many where he is shown as the human version of Google) to becoming a catchphrase of various awareness campaigns, Chellam sir has caught the imagination of the nation. The role of Deepan finally went to Azhagam Perumal. Also Read |Before The Family Man 2, five memorable movies about Sri Lankan Tamils
In fact, Uday had originally auditioned for a character called Deepan, a senior officer in the rebel army. Uday’s character Chellam has been dominating every discourse on social media since the debut of The Family Man 2 on Amazon Prime Video. Uday met showrunners Raj and DK for the first time on the sets of the show. What’s your theory? So I took on the role,” he recalled. But, he would have never have imagined that a 15-minute role in a web show would make him a rage on the internet across India. They also gave instructions on my character’s mannerisms and I simply did what they told me to do,” Uday remarked. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd But, he thinks that Chellam may not be the full name of his character. None of us expected that it would become such a sensation on the internet. Uday may not know what prompted the showrunners to give his character that name. When he didn’t hear back from the showrunners, he realised that he was not getting the part. It is not among the top choice for a name to give someone at birth. The rest is up to the people,” he added. As an actor, he has done over 30 films since his screen debut with Moodar Koodam in 2013. “Prakash Raj sir made the word Chellam famous in Ghilli. “My character Vishwanathan in Tamil TV serial called Office earned me some popularity. He was briefed about his role for about 30 minutes. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. But, something about that character has clicked with the audience,” said Uday. Before The Family Man Season 2, he was already popular with the fans of comedy television series Office. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. He made his directorial debut with Naalai in 2006 and helmed Chakkara Viyugam in 2008. The character makes an appearance in four scenes, so it must have never occurred to anyone associated with the show that this minor character would spill over and spark a festival of memes on social media. It must be a short form of his actual name or Chellam could be a codeword that the over-cautious spy uses to conceal his original identity. Since the first season of The Family Man was a hit, I wanted to be do season two. So that name naturally has some sort of attraction,” added Uday. (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)
Chellam, in Tamil, roughly translates to ‘darling’. So much so that Uday actually didn’t bother to ask why the showrunners named his character Chellam. They offered me Chellam’s role. Written by Manoj Kumar R
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Uday Mahesh as Chellam in The Family Man 2. “A few months after my audition, I got a call from the makers. “I am as surprised as everyone. He used it whenever he saw Trisha’s character in the movie. Uday noted that Chellam was put in the script to bring comic relief. He has collaborated as a writer with the likes of director Shoojit Sircar. From the health ministry using his meme to encourage people to get vaccinated to the Uttar Pradesh police department using his reference, Chellam has grown beyond the character’s minor presence on the web show.https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png
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But, why is Chellam being celebrated, admired and loved by every corner of the internet? “I am overjoyed that the younger generation on the internet finds me entertaining,” he added. But, it is not possible. What’s it about the character that inspired an exclusive following outside the fanbase of The Family Man? Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. We can simply try and do what we believe in, as genuinely as possible. For the uninitiated, Chellam is usually considered as a term of endearment. “This popularity is unexpected,” Uday told indianexpress.com. Little did filmmaker-actor Uday Mahesh know that he would become the darling of the internet following the release of the second season of The Family Man.