The year began on a good note for Srikanth, who received kudos for his role in Shankar’s Nanban. Now, several months later, he reappears in a rom com, Paagan, directed by Ameer’s assistant Aslam. Speaking to sify.com, Srikanth reveals more about the film and his future plans.
Why did you choose a rom com like Paagan?
Paagan is a hilarious entertainer but there are enough emotional elements it it. In fact it was Shankar who had advised me to continue doing boy next door roles that were suited to my age, after Nanban. So when this script came along, I felt it was apt. Also, it’s a story that will appeal to both urban and rural audiences. Also, the humour angle appealed to me. Plus, the theme of a man who loves his bike appealed to me apart from the message in the film that there are no short cuts to success.
Why the delay after Nanban?
Well, the fefsi strike sort of delayed this film so there was nothing we could do. But I am happy that VP Productions, from Karnataka, are started their debut production with this Tamil film and I am glad that Vendhar movies is releasing it in 400 screens after zeroing in on the right release date.
The film is based on a cycle. How was the experience with the bike?
I love to cycle. In fact, I could really relate to the character because as a kid, I too craved for a bike and my dad told me he would get one if I passed the exams, just like what happens with the kid in the film!
How was it working with the comedians Kovai Sarala, Pandi and Soori?
It was a laugh riot on sets because Aslam would allow us to improvise and add our lines. He too has a great sense of humour so the comedy kept building up each day. Kovai Sarala was a huge help and would give me a lot of tips,
What's your next?
A couple of movies are in the pipeline. I would be starting a film titled Nambiar, to be directed by a newcomer Ganesh. Santhanam plays the comedian.