Comedy has always had an important place in cinema since it’s a form of visual entertainment. Laughs in the theatres almost always set the box office bells ringing and so, comedians are much in demand these days. With the very busy Santhanam juggling hats of hero, producer and comedian these days, newer comic artistes are coming to the fore. Comedian Sathish, who got a big break in Ethirneechal, is one happy man these days.
The actor is thrilled that he got to work in AR Murugadoss’ production Maan Karate (MK) that is releasing this week, and has also been signed up for Murugadoss’ next directorial venture Kaththi. Speaking to CE, the actor reveals his excitement in working with big stars in two projects. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Murugadoss. So, when his production MK came my way, I couldn’t believe my luck! He has also written the story of the film.
Now, when he signed me on for Kaththi opposite Ilayathalapathy Vijay, I had to pinch myself to see if it was real! I’m a huge fan of Vijay too, so this is a double whammy for me!” he says with a laugh. The actor is just back from a 20-day shoot in Hyderabad for Kaththi. He says, “I’ve shot with such all time greats of the industry. The feeling still hasn’t sunk in. Sometimes, while conversing with them, I would suddenly stop and think, ‘O my god, is this really the Ghajini Murugadoss I’m talking to!’ and with Vijay, I would think, ‘I cant believe it’s actually me talking to Vijay of Gilli, Pokkiri and Thuppaki fame!’ It was a very surreal moment for me.”
Sathish doesn’t reveal much about his role in Kaththi, but he’s all praise for Vijay, “On the first day, when Murugadoss introduced me to Vijay, I was so nervous. I actually mumbled some garbled words! Vijay observed my anxiety and he put me at ease by calling me to his caravan later for a chat. He would even call me for lunch on the sets. Slowly that eased my initial awe and nervousness. Then it was smooth sailing after that.” Sathish is thrilled that Vijay saw his performance in Ethirneechal.
He is happy to be teaming up with his best buddy Sivakartikeyan for MK, that is releasing on Friday. “This is our third film together. We spent a lot of time with the director K Thirukumaran discussing about story and dialogues. All that camaraderie has translated well on screen,” he says.
Sathish plays an IT guy for the first time on screen. Recalling the fun times on shoot, he says, “Hansika and I have some scenes together. Sivakarthikeyan and I would keep pulling her leg. She’s a real sport and would be in good spirits always. We used to congratulate her on her Tamil, since we would never be able to go and spout Hindi dialogues in Bollywood, the way she has done in Tamil.”