Vidyut Jamwal has become a familiar face in South with his choice of films. He played supporting roles in Telugu films 'Shakti' and 'Oosaravelli', where Junior NTR played the protagonist. Jamwal became popular overnight in Tamil after acting in Ajith’s 'Billa II'.
In his next flick 'Thuppakki' too, he is to fight it out with another K-town top star Vijay. “I have just been lucky. I think I have been destined to be the villains for top heroes,” smiles Vidyut.
Vidyut didn’t seem to think twice before signing 'Thuppakki'. “I believe that whatever is meant to happen, will happen. The moment I heard that director A R Murugadoss wanted to cast me in his flick, I wanted to do it. I did not think beither about my role in the film, nor the story. The only thing on my mind was that I was going to be directed by one of the finest filmmakers of the country,” says Vidyut. “I interacted with him for just four minutes before signing the film,” he adds.
And Vidyut believes he didn’t make a wrong decision. “'Thuppakki' is an intelligent script and I was amazed by the complexity of its screenplay. Villain is no less powerful than the hero in 'Thuppakki',” he says.
Vidyut is all praise for the director and the cinematographer. “Murugadoss would enact every scene so well that you will automatically act in front of the camera. With Santhosh Sivan, you will look good in any angle,” he says.
About Vijay, Vidyut says 'Thuppakki' wouldn’t have happened without him. “While shooting for 'Billa II', Ajith and I got along with each other in two days. Vijay took his own time, but when he opened up, it was a blast. I had to shoot for about 25 days for 'Thuppakki' and Vijay is the most humorous actor I have ever worked with,” says Vidyut.
The actor agrees that right from his Hindi debut Force, a remake of 'Kaakka Kaakka', he has had an inevitable role in Southern films. “Once when I was at the airport waiting to board a flight, a stranger identified me and started talking. Only when the conversation grew, I realised he knew me after watching 'Billa II'. Only then I realised the power of South Indian films. It’s good to be recognised no matter which film industry you are part of,” he says.
Vidyut is currently playing the male lead in Vipul Shah’s Commando, for which he has been trained in the Army camps of Georgia.
“I play a commando in the film and the heavy stunts in the movie required such strenuous training. About 80 per cent of the film is over and Commando will be an amalgamation of martial arts of India and South Africa,” he signs off.