CHENNAI: Donning a police uniform in Kaaki Sattai made Sivakarthikeyan extremely emotional. Though it’s not something that most people associate the romance and comedy star with immediately, he says that the connection was very personal, “My father, who is no more, was a policeman. It was my ambition to be a cop like my father. But destiny led me to showbiz. So when I got this role, I was very happy. At least on screen I would be fulfilling my dream to follow in my dad’s footsteps.”
While preparing for the role, he delved into his own memories, “I didn’t use filmi references of cops. Most cop films have been mass action films while this is a more realistic one. So I looked back into my own life experiences instead. I recalled the demeanour, body language and mannerisms of my father when he donned the uniform. I put on around 7 kgs of weight for a more muscled look.”
And it’s very different. “This is my seventh film and its different from my other roles. Humour has always been my strength but I wanted to try something beyond that. KS gave me that opportunity. For the first time I’m doing a fully serious role, that of a police officer. It’s a realistic cop film about a young, enthusiastic, crime branch officer. The obstacles he faces in his career and how he overcomes them is the story,” says Sivakarthikeyan. Its also his second outing with heroine Sridivya after a hit pairing in Varthapadadha Valibar Sangam. After his successful combo with producer Dhanush, director RS Durai Senthilkumar and music composer Anirudh, in Ethirneechal, Sivakarthikeyan teams up with them again.
Sivakartikeyan has sung one romantic track called, I’m So Cool. The movie is special for one more reason, “We shot two songs in Norway and that was my first time shooting in a foreign locale!” But it wasn’t easy combatting the below zero freezing temperatures in the Norwegian countryside, “The high wind chill factor and bitter cold was a completely new experience that set my teeth chattering within minutes!” The shoot held a pleasant surprise for him, “I never knew that so many Indians lived in Norway! During the shoot they came up to talk and click photos.”