He was last seen in 'Kandhakottai' more than a year ago. But now it looks like actor Nakul, who has had a dream run so far in Kollywood, is back with a bang, with not just one but two projects in his kitty for 2011. And needless to say, the young actor is over the moon with the way things are working out for him.
So, why the long gap?
“Since I’m just four films old in Kollywood, I decided I didn’t want to do just any film, but wait for something exciting and challenging. Waiting is not new to me. I have waited before and this time it was just a tad longer. But I have been using the time to listen to scripts and my efforts have been rewarded,” says the actor.
Nakul is currently working with 'Eeram' fame Arivazhagan in his untitled film, produced by Aascar Ravichandran, where he plays the role of a basketball player. “The film pivots around the life of a sportsman and the challenges he faces. Also, I don’t think there have been films on basketball in Tamil. It’s a role I have never played before and naturally I’m thrilled.”
Nakul has been training hard to achieve authenticity while playing the character. “Well, you have to be very sharp as a basketball player. It’s all about dodging, physical fitness, stamina, energy and presence of mind. I am currently training with coach Chandran and learning the basics and some tricks too,” he explains.
Nakul is all praise for Arivazhagan who worked as an assistant director in his debut, Boys, “He’s a creator and really experimental. He goes deep into every shot and has mastered every emotion that he wants me to portray,” he adds. Bindhu Madhavi stars opposite Nakul while Vijay Ulaganathan cranks the camera to Thaman’s music.
Nakul’s next project is with director John Mahendran titled 'Thallaippu Seidhigal' which is produced by Nazir of 'Kalavani' fame. “I play a journalist,” he says and seems happy with the variety of characters he’s portraying. “I’m trying comedy again post Masilamani. It’s a clean, rom-com.”
Nakul is happy that he is working in films that have different scripts. “I am in a happy place,” he acknowledges with glee. “I wanted to work with good directors and that’s happening for me. It’s not just about money but about doing something challenging.”
He adds that his sister, actor Devayani, has been very supportive of his decisions. “She has always advised me to put my audience first and sign films that make me happy. Why should anyone give Rs 120 to watch a film, if it doesn’t entertain them? This is something I ask myself before I okay a script,” he says.