Karthi: Ponniyin Selvan is an achievement in itself


Although Ponniyin Selvan is about Arulmozhi Varman aka Raja Raja Cholan, when you ask who’s the protagonist of the novel sequence, any reader of the books would say it’s Vanarkula Thilagam Vallavarayan Vanthiyathevan. He’s simply the favorite character from the e-book. No marvel from Sivaji Ganesan to MGR to Kamal Haasan to Rajinikanth, all high stars of Tamil needed to play the character. And probably the most coveted position lastly went to actor Karthi. In a current media interplay, the actor answered questions on enjoying Vallavarayan Vanthiyathevan. He additionally made some insightful observations about why it’s powerful to recreate Vanthiyathevan from the books in Mani Ratnam‘s Ponniyin Selvan.

Excerpts from the interview:

Inform us concerning the problem of enjoying Vanthiyathevan.

You probably have learn the books, you understand Kalki has written the ideas of Vanthiyathevan. He would hold speaking to himself. You possibly can’t present that within the movie. So, to convey out what was happening in his thoughts on display screen was a problem. Additionally, quite a lot of issues occur within the story. So, everytime you shoot a scene, the actors ought to keep in mind all the things that occurred earlier than. To hold that baggage was laborious.

What did you be taught from Vanthiyathevan?

In case you discover, Vanthiyathevan won’t suppose earlier than moving into a large number. He’ll solely suppose after getting himself into an issue, and he’ll come out of it too. I learnt that it’s counterproductive to consider an issue with quite a lot of anxiousness. As an alternative, whenever you calmly give it some thought, you possibly can clear up it.

After the Baahubali sequence, Telugu cinema garnered worldwide fame. Do you suppose after Ponniyin Selvan, the identical would occur with Tamil cinema?

I hope it will get worldwide acclaim. Mani sir has his distinctive sensibility. His movies and scenes nonetheless stand aside from the remainder. And, this can be a historic fiction that’s being accomplished by somebody like him. From exhibiting a palace to the struggle scenes, there’s his contact in all of them. He has shot the movie in actual areas as a lot as doable. You know the way comparable movies are shot right here. It’s pointless to have such stress concerning the monetary facets of the movie. We depart it to people who find themselves involved about that. We now have accomplished our greatest. This technology has achieved one thing that the individuals earlier than us couldn’t. So, this movie is an achievement in itself.

In our outdated historic movies like Sivaji Ganesan’s Raja Raja Cholan, characters would communicate in pure Tamil, however on this movie, everybody appears to be speaking like bizarre individuals.

Within the olden days, actors got here from drama or stage backgrounds. So, their performing was reflective of that artwork kind. Nevertheless, Mani sir needed us to talk as naturally as doable. We needed to be actual individuals with regular feelings. Think about if these characters lived as soon as upon a time, we needed to do what they might have accomplished.

Your expertise of working with horses.

Ravi and I might hold telling one another, “If not for something, individuals would come not less than for seeing horses and elephants on display screen.” Movies that includes actual animals have develop into uncommon nowadays. We see a number of western movies that includes horse scenes, and I might really feel why we don’t have such movies right here. The laborious half was getting acclimatized to a number of horses. Initially, I assumed if I educated one horse, it will be sufficient. However we couldn’t take the identical horse in every single place. So, I needed to practice with a number of horses. Horses can rotate their ears 360 levels. If the ears aren’t in direction of the particular person sitting on it, then it means the animal just isn’t respecting you. So, we stored speaking to them. Additionally, horses are herd animals. They’re good when they’re with different horses and never keen on being alone. So, it wants somebody reliable to go alongside. Mani sir used to say he needed to shoot a horse operating at full velocity, I feel he realised all such needs with this movie.


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