Nani on a Tamil High
By Naveena Vijayan | Express Features | Published: 25th January 2014 12:52 PM |
Nani has aced Tamil language after three Tamil movies, enough to teach his co-star Vaani only one Tamil word Moodu. At the audio launch of Aaha Kalyanam, apart from his acting prowess, he received much appreciation for his ‘cute Tamil dialogues’ in the movie.
Nani admits that with this project he seems to have grasped Tamil well, though initially it was a huge challenge. Dressed in traditional veshti, Nani could have easily passed as a native Tamilian at the event, except for his replies in English. The Naan E actor, however, says that in Ahaa Kalyanam, which is a remake of the Bollywood hit Band Baaja Baarat, he has altered his body language and dialogue delivery to suit the Tamil audience. “Our slang and nativity is brought out in the movie. While you watch the movie, you wouldn’t feel that it is a remake,” he says.
In Aaha Kalyanam, he plays Shakthi — a useless, jobless boy who wants to become big, but just doesn’t know how. “And then he meets the heroine and the film takes off from there,” he says, unwilling to reveal anything more. This role, Nani says, is quite different from that in Naan E, where he played an innocent and fun-loving character. “I am not that innocent in Aaha Kalyanam. I know what is what.”
Nani says that unlike other movies where he had to listen to the script three to four times, with Aaha Kalyanam, it was easier. “Neither was the role that challenging,” he says.
Trace his journey from his first movie Veppam till the present one, and he says, “I am shocked that I have got so much love and appreciation despite me not doing much work. I am so glad for the support I am getting from Tamil fans, especially on Twitter and Facebook.”
This support has made Nani take a decision to take up a Tamil project every year. And this year, he is happy that he was taken into the Tamil debut project of Yash Raj Productions. “Nearly 25 weddings happen in this movie. This banner’s beginning in Tamil industry on a positive note is great,” says Nani. Contrary to the grand weddings in the movie, Nani says his own was on a low-key, as his father-in-law was not doing well.