After 14 years and 25 films, Dhanush has every reason to smile. The ‘Poetu’ is in high spirits over Velai Illa Pattadhari (VIP) produced under his Wunderbar Films banner. Speaking on the film and what it means to him, Dhanush had quite a bit to say..
VIP, the debut film for cameraman Velraj, as a director, is an important one in my career. I should say that the right script with the right story came along at the right time. Nowadays, it’s easier to enter the industry and easy to get a hit. But it’s tough to sustain that success and stay on
When I entered the industry, I was the thinnest guy around. Now, I’m happy that people have someone else to write about — Anirudh, the music director of our film! He is thinner than me! When he debuted with 3, I was his support. But now, this is his fifth film and his music is a big support for my film. He has 20 songs and 4 albums till date, which are all hits! Today, I’m proud to see him at the pinnacle of success in such a short span and I hope his success continues.
When we were looking for the right heroine for VIP, Amala seemed the perfect choice. She plays the girl-next-door to perfection. As the title suggests, I play an unemployed youth and Saranya plays my onscreen mom. There was a time when Manorama used to play mom in almost every film in the 80s and 90s. After that, the gaping lacuna has been filled with Saranya in mother roles. Samudrakani used to address her as anni in real life, so we were apprehensive that it might affect how he plays his character as her screen husband. So we got him to change the habit during shoot. Vivekh and I have worked together very successfully in Padikadhavan, Mapillai and Uttamaputhiran. I wanted to make sure he was part of my 25th film as well. So I convinced him to be part of VIP, even though he comes only in the second half
Ripping Six Pack
Though I have a lean frame, building a six pack (abdomen) is always tough. Before the bare bodied stunt scene which is depicted in the poster, I had to go off water for two days. I had to also maintain a special diet and exercise to get the six pack. However, its only an extra addition and of decorative value in the film and not imperative for my role.
Keep on Walking
I’m limping a bit, since my right foot got injured during the shoot of KV Anand’s Anegan. It was during the shooting of a stunt scene. But its all part of the game and will be okay soon!
Big B Calling
There’s lots of time for the movie (Shamitabh) to be completed. It’s too early to talk about that right now. We’ll save it for another day (Smiles)