Style King, the P C Shekar directorial that will see Ganesh in a dual role, finally hits theatres this week, after a year’s delay.
This is the first such film for the actor.
“I try out new genres -- and Nayaka, Romeo, Chaddi Dost and Arjuna, a murder mystery, all were different from each other,” says Shekar.
This time, he says he has attempted a commercial film. “I am very close to Ganesh, and have kept a track of his career and his varied roles. Hence, I chose a subject that gives him an opportunity to play a dual role for the first time,” he explains.
For Shekar, Romeo was a brand, which he wanted to cash on.
“Ganesh is like a brother to me, and I was adamant to do something with him that others have not,” he says.
He also keeps in touch with the actor’s fans through social media, he says. “They want to see their star in different characters. So I put together Style King, a film with a mass touch,” he explains.
One shade Ganesh plays is an extension of his character in Romeo, says the filmmaker. His other role, he claims, is something nobody has tried to explore before. “Though Ganesh is an all-round entertainer, people were always sceptical about him pulling off a mass film. That question always edged me on, so I experimented in Style King,” he says.
But is this a risky experiment? Shekar doesn’t consider so because he is convinced he has a good actor by his side.
“Ganesh has already proved his mettle and he is well-established. So a minimum response guaranteed,” he says.
“As a director, I have to explore his talent and pull his audience towards my film.”
Style King packs three stories into one film. “We have tried a new structure. In the first half, the audience will encounter two stories,” he says.
The film also combines two genres running parallel. “They come together during the interval,” he explains.
“The third part of the story comes in the second half. These three parts together form the climax.”
The film features a huge star cast. Ramya Nambeesan debuts with Style King, sharing screen space with Rangayana Raghu, Sadhu Kokila, Sundaraj, Girish and Padmaja. among others.
Arjun Janya is its music director, Ravi Verma the stunt master and Santhosha Pandi, who has been associated in Anniyan, Om Shanti Om, Main Hoon Na and also shoots for ads, is the cameraman.