Nivin Pauly: "People in Tamil Nadu breathe cinema"

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 05, 2017 11:23 hrs

Leading Malayalam actor Nivin Pauly is all set for the release of his straight Tamil film ‘Richie’, the remake of cult Kannada classic ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’.

“People in Tamil Nadu breathe cinema, the industry is here is big and there was a time when all the post-production of Malayalam films happen here. Chennai used to be the hub of all the south film industries. Kollywood is one industry which embraces and encourage talents from other languages”, says Nivin.

Although Richie is Nivin’s first straight Tamil film, the actor says he wasn’t too conscious while shooting. “When Gautham sent me the DVD of Ulidavaru Kandante, I loved Richie’s characterization and after making necessary changes in the script, we started shooting. But only later, realized it’s my first straight Tamil film”.

However, Nivin agrees that getting the Tamil diction right was a big challenge. “If a Tamil actor comes to Malayalam and doesn’t pronounce the language right, we would feel awkward and the Tamil audience will also feel the same. So speaking the Tamil language with perfection was actually difficult and I’ve taken a lot of effort, waiting for the audience’s reaction”, he says.

The Premam actor says he has seen a lot of Tamil films in his hometown in Kerala. “I can’t forget how I celebrated the first-day-first-show of Kabali in my hometown with a bunch of friends”, smiles Nivin, who also spill beans on his famous meet with ‘Thalapathy’ Vijay after the latter watched Premam.

“Vijay loved the film and to be honest, I never expected that call from him. He spoke at length about what he loved in the film. It wasn’t necessary for a star of his stature to personally call and took time to appreciate someone’s effort. He presented me a bouquet and also asked about my early days and future plans, kind of him to do that”, explains the Action Hero Biju actor.

Nivin also remembers the experience of watching Premam in Escape Cinemas, Chennai on its 225th day. “It was a moving experience. Like a first day first show, people were enjoying the film on its 225th day. Guess, some films just destined to become such a big success and for me, it’s Premam”.

“I think in the three love stories, most of the audiences would have related at least with one episode and that’s why the film went on to become a big success. In my case, I was able to relate to all the three stories”, he laughs.

Nivin says he is fond of villain roles. “I had many such offers in the past but couldn’t do due to various reasons. In Richie, I can’t really say whether he is hero or villain”, says the actor.

“My parents and family insisted me to be in the software company for two years to gain work experience so I had to say yes. But,  resigned the day when I completed two years in the IT industry. I think one should take such risks in life to pursue their dream”, recalls Nivin on how he left his safe software job to enter into the film industry.

The actor also has a Tamil film with Prabhu Radhakrishnan. “The script work is on and I think, we might shoot for the film in May 2018”.

Nivin’s next big Malayalam film is Kayamkulam Kochunni, a period action drama. “Kayamkulam Kochunni is the first Robin Hood of Kerala, people used to feed their children by telling stories of him. For the film, I learned horse riding and Kalaripayattu. Initially, it was difficult to establish sync with the horse but now, I feel comfortable and Kalari is another physically draining process, thankfully we completed those sequences”, he signs off.

- Rajasekar S

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