Hero Aari is eager to watch the outcome of Kadai En 6 when it hit the screens. “I’m trying my hand at comedy for the first time,” he says. After scaring the living daylights out of audiences, as the lithe and menacing highway robber in Neduchalai, KE6 comes as a breather for him. What’s more, he gets to romance not one but two heroines — Saniathara and Sruthi Ramakrishnan.
After Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathile and Rettai Chuzhi, Aari’s career saw an upswing with Nedunchalai. Now, he has signed a project Night Show, a movie opposite tinselville queen Nayanthara. And needless to say, he’s enjoying the new phase in his career. He’s even gearing up for his first foreign trip as the unit will head for a song shoot to Malaysia soon.
After gaining weight to portray a 35-year-old in Nedunchalai, he has lost 14 kgs to look 23 years old in KE6. His new look came in handy during the shoot. “For KE6, I’ve been shooting in busy areas in the city like Ranganathan Street, the beach and in Guindy. But no one recognised me and we could shoot peacefully with candid cameras. That’s because they have only seen me as the unkempt ruffian in Neduchalai, so they couldn’t recognise my city look now,” he says with a chuckle.
The movie is directed by newbie Sasidharan, who was associate to Pavitran and later Venkat Prabhu in Chennai 28. He explains the title of the film, “It’s about a middle-class boy who is confused about his career path. He’s under pressure to make choices.
An incident that happens at a particular shop changes his life. Hence, the title.” Aari feels that when audiences relate to a character, the film becomes a success. “I too could identify with this character since I went through a confusing phase regarding my career.
But that is tackled with humour here, so audiences will enjoy the character’s journey. Humour is what makes life worth living, otherwise we would be leading plastic lives,” he adds.
About the future projects, he says, “People have now come to expect good performance-oriented roles from me and I want to do a variety of roles to prove myself. My next film Night Show, is a supernatural thriller, while Manae Thanae Payae is a different genre.”