It is rare for a hero from Mumbai to start a career in Kollywood, since it is usually heroines who are signed up. So how did this happen? Actually, I did an Airtel ad campaign for the South and director Andrew Louis saw it and felt I would fit the role of the Chennai based IT guy in the film. So he called me up and as soon as he met me, he said `you`re my hero!` I felt this was the right genre of film for me to debut with so that the audience here could get used to me and accept me if they like my performance and entertainment quotient!
So do you want to do more Tamil films, especially since Bejoy Nambiar`s Shaitan in Hindi, happened last year? Yes, of course I want to do more Tamil films, if the audience accepts me here! Language is not a bar and I admire the Southern technicians, the films made here and world wide recognition Tamil films have got. The filmmakers and technicians here are amongst the best in the world.
What`s your role in Leelai? I play a Chennai based IT guy who is a big flirt. What happens to him when he does one trick too many and life takes over is the story. Santhanam plays my friend and Mansi Parekh is the heroine. Santhanam has done a totally different track in the film and plays an IT guy too. It`s a laugh riot.
What the USP of the film? Well, it`s a chilled out film to face the summer heat with I would say! (laughs). It`s a breezy rom com with loads of comedy, romance and entertainment. It`s a great film for the youth and anyone older also will identify with all the mischief they would have done in their younger days! So its an ideal family entertainer.
How did you cope with the language limitations? I spoke and heard only Tamil on the sets to learn in faster. For four months I sat and learned my dialogues and made sure I got them right and understood it all. If one is prepared to work diligently, one can overcome all limitations.
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