Prabhu Solomon’s Kayal is all set to release on Dec 24 and in an exclusive chat with Sify.com, Chandran who is making his debut with the film shares his experience in working with maverick director, his character in the film and many other things. Excerpts ….
Right from school days Chandran has developed the desire for acting. The actor recalls “My first role as an actor was during one of the stage plays at school where I got an opportunity to play Adolf Hitler, that particular performance fetched me raving appreciation right from the watchman to teachers. I guess that was the moment, I got high”…
After his schooling, Chandran has to complete his post-graduation because of his father’s insistence. Later when Chandran was working in the marketing wing of Satyam, he used to attend the audition conducted by various directors. Chandran says “As I was working in a corporate set-up, I used to straight away attend the audition with formal costumes and the directors give me a weird look for my costumes”…
Chandran adds “Later, I took a conscious decision of quitting my job and I acted in few awareness short films. At one point of my time, I heard from a friend that Prabhu Solomon sir is auditioning actors for his next film. Initially I thought it was a character role. Later, I got a call from the team saying that I’m playing the lead!”
Preparing for his character in Kayal, Chandran says “I used to be round in shape and my director’s first advice for me is to get in shape as the character I’m playing is a nomad who enjoys travelling and not giving much importance to things which are precious to normal people”. Prabhu Solomon has also given a piece of advice to Chandran that in films, people shouldn’t act instead they should react to a situation and the actor says that he has followed the same.
On his experience in working with Prabhu Solomon, Chandran says “Though many call him as a task master and serious guy, I would say that he is one of the sweetest persons I have ever seen. During my shots, I never looked at the monitor. All I used to observe is Prabhu Solomon’s expression, if he cries for a particular scene then my acting is good and having said that if he is not satisfied with a particular scene, I can understand it from his expression”.
The entire crew shot the Tsunami sequence for more than one month in a set and Prabhu Solomon want everything to be real including the mud water and he didn't want to get things done in CG as the exact feel will be lost. Chandran says “The set and ambiance will bring the Tsunami feel inside us and it helped me to emote well”.
Asked him about his role model in Tamil cinema, without any second thought Chandran utters Kamal Haasan’s name. Chandran says “Kamal sir is the best multi-tasking film personality in the country and we all know how much he push himself to get the perfection for the role he plays”.
Though Kayal set in 2004 and one can call it as a period film, Chandran says “Though there is a drastic change in technology advancements but location wise it’s all the same”.
Speaking about his heroine, Chandran says “Though people think that Ananthi is a newcomer, she has completed five films already and technically she is a senior to me. The title Kayal symbolically represents the big beautiful eyes of a girl and I’m sure that her performance will be loved by all, she has done a fabulous job”.
Imman’s songs in Kayal are a big hit and Chandran says “If people loved Imman’s songs, the visuals will take them to the different level”. Kayal was shot in exotic locations ranging from Ladakh to Kanyakumari and many unexplored locations of North India.
On his future projects, Chandran says “There are many firsts in Kayal… this is my first film… this is my first interview…. there will be a first theater visit and as I have longed for this particular moment, I want to enjoy it”….
Chandran also thanked his producers by saying “Escape Artists’ Madan and James together made Kayal as a big film, their promotions and release strategies are well known”.
Looks like we got an actor with a lot of maturity and great taste!