Everyone sat up and noticed Arulnithi in Vamsam. His next film Udhayan failed to create waves, but the young actor in his early 20’s is calm, composed and soft-spoken. He is the grandson of former chief Minister M Karunanidi. His father the soft spoken low profile MK Thamilarasu, keeps away from politics. Arulnithi taking a leaf out of his father’s life has shunned the limelight but is extremely focused and determined to make it as an actor of substance. In this free wheeling interview the actor speaks to Sridevi Sreedhar about his new film Mounaguru and his future plans
Mounaguru trailers are very impressive and it comes across as a hard hitting film
It is not the run-of-the-mill commercial pot-boiler but an edge-of-the-seat crime thriller which is realistic and is sure to take me to the next level (smiles). It is story-driven
What is your role?
I play Karunakaran a normal college student in Madurai who reacts to situations in life in a different manner. His ambitions are also very unique. How he comes to Chennai, gets entangled with the police and what happens next- all this forms the story.
What attracted you to do such a role so early in your career when doing a mass masala film with a noted director would have been an easy route?
Yes, what you said is true. It was not difficult for my dad MK Thamilarasu who is the producer of the film to rope in a reputed director and do an action film. But let me tell you that I believe that some special people or stars are there to do such larger-than-life roles to perfection. I am too young and it’s too early in my career to thrust myself on the audiences. Right now, I am only taking up good scripts which will suit me.
How did you zero in Santhakumar as director?
I believe that films should be about the story and the script, not about actors. Santhakumar was an assistant to Dharani earlier. He narrated the script and I saw that he had a fire in him.
After hearing the script I told him that it is tailor-made role for a big star but I decided to take it up as a challenge and worked hard to get into the skin of the protagonist.
Are you open to criticisms? What have you learnt in this short-span?
Yes, I do take criticisms as long as its well-founded and correct. After Vamsam I got a lot of feedback from friends, media and audiences that I should work harder on my dialogue delivery. Patience and self-belief are the two lessons that I’ve learnt in my brief stint in films.
How does your family react to your work?
My dad is a veteran producer who is very supportive. I don’t want to sound pompous but I need to say that my family is very proud of me and they are my biggest critics. I am like a tortoise- Slow and steady, I’ll win the race. I like to climb one step at a time rather than jump off the ladder and fall flat on my face. As long as people discuss my films two years down the lane, I will have no complaints (smiles). Now I feel that I belong here.