It’s been a decade when actor Vijay rose to fame on the silver screen with Suri’s Duniya. Since then, Vijay has taken on various roles, and has explored different genres, too. Today, almost a decade later, the actor is looking forward to create the same kind of magic with Maasthi Gudi. The film, which focuses on protecting tigers, is a subject that has interested Vijay for a couple years now, and he is glad to be part of it.
Maasthi Gudi will be hitting screens on May 12, and City Express caught up with Vijay who told us that how Maasthi Gudi has been a career-changing role for him. He has also written the script of the film. “Cinema is meant to be entertaining, but it holds more meaning when some message is conveyed through it. The message Maasthi Gudi is trying to spread is save tigers. The animal is killed by poachers and is facing extinction. This commercial film will explore various problems that the tigers are facing,” says Vijay, who adds, “There is a connection between tap water and tiger which is scientifically proven and is explored in our film.”
While Vijay’s collaboration with director Nagashekar, who helmed the project, has given the film its screenplay. “I feel that there are a lot of stories in the real world that need to be brought out in the open. That’s how I thought of this subject. This is a film that all children must watch, and the story is for all ages. Today, we have come to a stage where we can use technology to create animal images in order to spread awareness. I only hope that future generations do not have to learn about our forests through cartoon shows and documentaries,” says Vijay, This is the second script written by Vijay after Jayammana Maga. “Good or bad, I take responsibility for my scripts. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone of being just an actor, that’s why I got into script writing. That’s how Jayamana Maga happened and succeeded. I hope to get better results with Maastigudi,” he adds.
Vijay is also very excited about his role in this film, which he says will be career changing. “In Maasthi Gudi, audiences will see me transform from a 30-year-old to an 81-year-old. This is an important transition for me, and I have played the role with a lot of maturity. Ageing on screen also gave me an idea as to what I would look like at 81, if I am alive till then,” says Vijay, who did not find it necessary to wear a wig for the role. “I already have a grey beard and hair at this age, which actually came in handy for my role in Maasthi Gudi,” he laughs.
Vijay remembers his two friends - Anil and Uday - whom he tragically lost while shooting this film. He says that one of the many reasons he wants this film to be watched by everyone is for their sake too. “My intention is to entertain the audience, while also spreading ‘save the tiger, save the forest’ message,” he says.
The film is produced by Sundar P Gowdru, the music is by Sadhu Kokila and the cinematography is by Satya Hegde.