After acting in Saivam (2014) and Idhu Enna Maayam (2015), son of veteran actor Nasser, Luthfudeen Basha opens up to City Express about his upcoming film and more...
How did you start acting?
I got a call from actor Shanmugaraja, the casting director for Saivam. He called me to audition for Saivam, but I was hesitant. He then told me I could observe how a film is made from an actor’s point of view. I decided to act in the movie, but thought it would be the first and last time I did so. My father inspired me in so many creative ways other than acting. He didn’t talk much about it until he made me go through a few acting courses. I then fell in love with the craft.
How did supporting roles shape you to play the lead in your upcoming film?
Creatively it is the same process. You’re given a character to portray. I applied the skills I learnt from my previous movies in this one. Being the lead, there’s more attention towards you and people expect more.
How was your experience acting in Saivam?
The cast and crew were like family. I was nervous at first, but director Vijay made the process feel easy. My first shot was to smile at my co-actor. But with cameras pointing at me and all the attention, I didn’t know what was happening. When he said ‘action’ I smiled. It felt awkward, but turned out to be good and Vijay sir started to call me a romantic star. (laughs)
Tell us about your role in upcoming film Parandhu Sella Va.
I play a naive youth from Chennai who falls in love with everything and everyone. The story is about how he adapts to a new environment and deals with moral conflict.
How was your experience with Dhanapal Padmanabahan and Aishwarya Rajesh?
Director Dhanapal is friendly and open to ideas. Aishwarya kept pushing me to give my best. She’s very professional and is a great person.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to do vibrant characters. I don’t want people to typecast me.