‘I had to dance for the first time for ITAPB’ - The New Indian Express

‘I had to dance for the first time for ITAPB’

Published: 03rd September 2013 12:44 PM

Last Updated: 03rd September 2013 12:44 PM

He has steadily risen the bar with every role he has done. His films not only set cash registers ringing but also showcase him playing a variety of characters. Now with Itharke Thane Aasai Pattai Balakumara (ITAPB) ready for release, actor Vijay Sethupathy is set to regale his fans with his role Sumaara Moonji Kumar (SMK). Speaking to CE, he reveals more about the character and the travails of dancing on the screen for the first time.

“SMK is a character who lives in Kapali Theru in Mylapore. He has small desires in life like winning over the neighbourhood beauty Kumudha, played by Nandita. He is basically a Kumudha bhaktan,” says Vijay with a grin. “It’s a fun film and it was great working with director Gokul who has a strong penchant for comedy,” he adds.

 According to Vijay, Gokul is also a great actor. “He knew every character’s  mannerisms in detail. His flair for comedy is so good that even on the sets he would improvise and add funny lines. His ability to add variations made him a delight to work with and kept me on my toes to give my best,” he says.

For Vijay, one of the highlights in the movie was speaking the Chennai slang. “I know the local lingo but Gokul has a detailed grasp of the nuances of Chennai slang and the body language. I learnt a lot from him.”

Apart from imbibing a different body language for the role, Vijay had to prepare himself for the dance sequences, a first for him. “I got the jitters when I heard that Raju Sundaram was the choreographer. I told him frankly that I couldn’t dance and haven’t danced on screen before. He was very cool and gave me easier steps,“ says Vijay. He took four days to shoot each of the three songs, composed by newbie Siddharth Vipin.

Ask him why he looks bulky in the promos and he replies, “I had just finished shooting Soodhu Kavvum for which I had to gain weight.

That’s why I’m heavier in ITABP. Since there was no specific physique required for the character, I was able to play it my way.”

With ITABP, Vijay promises a fun ride for audience. “We don’t aim to advise anyone. But there’s a subtle message in the film, conveyed in a jolly manner. You won’t know how the time flew when you exit the cinema hall!” he says.

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