His debut film, AG Creations’ Pon Maalai Pozhudhu (PMP) is finally releasing and Aadhav Kannadasan is ecstatic. The grandson of the legendary poet Kannadasan and son of director Kalaivanan Kannadasan, Aadhav is yet another star kid to enter cinema. In a chat with CE, he reveals why he is upbeat about the film.
“PMP is about how a middle class family handles innocent, teenage love. Gayathrie is my co-star, while Kishore and Anupama Kumar play my parents. The film has a strong emotional content with a father-son relationship,” discloses Aadhav who plays a school boy. So how did the 6’1’’, Economic graduate, play a school kid? “I was 86 kg and I lost 12 kilos for it. Director AC Durai made me hang out with the four school kids in the film to imbibe their body language.” recalls Aadhav.
To get the romance right, Durai made sure that Gayathrie and Aadhav got to know each other. “Gayathrie, the four other school mates and I went out several times for meals and movies. That way, our camaraderie made the romantic scenes easier.”
Aadhav also made a major change. “Durai made me stop travelling by car and bike altogether. I would ride for two hours around my home and the shooting spot. He wanted me to handle a cycle spontaneously, like a school kid,” says Aadhav.
In fact, the habit hasn’t left him even now. Aadhav laughs, “I’ve become an avid cyclist now, thanks to PMP. I even got myself another new cycle and joined the Chain Reaction Cycling Group which organises cycling trips.” To get completely into character, Aadhav even wore a school uniform all the time on sets.
Aadhav is all praise for Kishore and Anupama, his screen parents. “I lost my dad when I was just four. So, for the first time, I could get a feel of having a strict dad like any other kid, thanks to Kishore. He was so down-to-earth and caring! He would serve me food on sets. Once he even put my leg on his lap to nurse a mild injury that I got. The warmth has translated well on screen,” concludes Aadhav.