What is your response on Mazaa Box Office performance?
Mazaa was released on 1st of this month all over southern
India except for Kerala. The movie is met with great success.
The crowds are thronging to the theaters in spite of heavy
rains in Chennai. We achieved what we expected through this
film. It is a clean family entertainer meant for family and
kids. There is no vulgarity or obscenity in this film. Mazaa
is an ideal film for family crowds.
What about the nativity problems in Telugu version?
Everything is in Tamil except for dialogues. The writings
on boards, stones and vehicles are in Tamil. We wanted to
replace them with Telugu using graphics. But we set the release
date as 1st November and we did not get enough time. In Aparichtudu
those problems were taken care of as we had lots of time for
lovers feel that your character in Mazaa does not have any
heroism in it?
That is the purpose of the film. I did not want to be the
solo hero. The characters of Pasupathy and Manivannan are
as important as that of mine. That is a healthy thing. If
you look at the first half, Pasupathy's love episodes are
given more importance.
do you want to do soft films like Mazaa when people expect
mass films from you?
In Tamil, Sivaji used to do class roles and MGR used to do
mass roles. At present Rajnikant is doing mass films and Kamal
Hassan is doing class films. They do not cross the paths of
each other. But I want to break it. I don't want to be labeled
either as class hero or as mass hero. I did class films like
Sethu, Pithamagan, Kaasi and Anyan. I also did mass films
like Dil, Dhool and Saamy. I want to do class and mass films
alternatively. It is deliberate attempt to break myself from
the shackles of brand image.
audiences who saw you in variety roles like Siva Putrudu and
Aparichitudu expect another different mass character from
you in Mazaa. And you have given such a soft film like Mazaa?
To be frank, Aparichitudu turned out to be the villain of
Mazaa. But people are enjoying Mazaa once they realize it.
is your involvement in production of your films?
I am not a kind of guy who just confine to acting department.
I chip in my help for other departments like costumes, fights
and production as well. It is more like helping than interference.
were raided by IT people in the last week. Tell us about the
It was a routine check-up. I had good time with them. It started
at 8 am on that day and ended at 5 pm the next day. When I
was a kid, I used to feel that one is big if IT raids on one's
house. It is like dream come true. All they found was Rs.
2000/- in my pocket. I feel that filing Income Tax returns
is our duty as a citizen. Hence, I had no problems when IT
people stormed into my house.
us about your future films?
My next film would be a mass film in Ram Gopal Varma's style.
AM Ratnam would produce it. Linguswamy might direct that film.
It will have lots of violence. After that I would do another
Malayalam remake of Shafi. I would be playing a girly character
in that film. Later on I would be doing a period film based
on a real story. If you analyze my career from Sethu to Period
film, you can see how meticulously I am planning to career.
about direct Telugu film?
There would be a direct Telugu film very soon. This film is
expected to be launched in the year end of 2006.
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