Mynaa, directed by Prabhu Solomon, was a film that changed the lives of many associated with it. Actors and technicians of the film, from Solomon, Imman and Vidharth to Sukumar, Thambi Ramaiah and Amala Paul, went on to bigger playing fields. But actor Sethu, who played the important cop role in the movie, remained waiting in the wings. Now he seems to have made a return with a splash, as a hero in three languages.
“I got many offers, but most were similar cop roles,” says Sethu, talking to CE about the long gap after Mynaa. But when he heard the script narrated by director Suresh P Kumar he was excited enough about the role to sign on the dotted line. “Richa Panai from Tollywood is my heroine,” he reveals. They, along with Disha Pandey of Tamil Padam-fame and Prince from Telugu films, make up the star cast. The untitled film, which went on the floors recently, is being produced by Full House Entertainment. The young debut producer Jaison Pullikottil, has a thriving business in the oil and gas industry in the Gulf, but wants to pursue his passion for making films. Sethu plays a rich businessman in this romantic thriller and a palatial mansion was hired at an exorbitant cost for the shoot in Hyderabad recently.
The next schedule will begin in Chennai in April. Later, the unit will move to the forests of Valparai and Munnar to shoot some thrilling scenes of the film. A foreign schedule for 12 days in Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar is also on the cards.
Sethu’s long wait has been rewarded, for dame luck seems to have smiled upon him all at once. The actor is now playing the lead in a Telugu flick, Rahadari, directed by Prashant Murali and has bagged two Malayalam films as well. One is titled Thank You and is directed by V S Prakash of Beautiful and Trivandrum Lodge fame. Jayasurya is his co-star. The other Malayalam film is called Red Carpet, in which Sethu plays a TV journalist.
Everyone, who sees him post Mynaa, is surprised by his new appearance. “I have been gymming and preparing myself for my next innings as a hero,” explains Sethu.