The going seems to be good for actor Soundararaja, whose latest release is Nalanum Nandiniyum. The actor, who was noticed in his role in the hit Sundarapandian, has now graduated to playing second lead in Saathiyam. Looking forward to the release of Jigarthanda this month, where he plays a don’s son, he also has Bharath’s Aintham Thalaimurai Siddha Vaidhya Sigamani (ATSVS) up for release. The icing on the cake is being part of Poojai, where he gets to work under the direction of Hari in the Vishal-Shruti starrer. Having got a new look for the film, he opens up about working with Hari and the new upswing in his career.
Recalling how he bagged the role, he says, “A co-director saw my photos and called me for a meeting. I told him that I would do anything to be part of a Hari film. Later, I got a call from his manager asking me to come for a meeting. I was in total awe when I met him. I was thrilled when he told me he had seen my work in Sundarapandian and okayed me for the role of Vishal’s friend in Poojai.”
During the 40-day schedule where he had scenes with Vishal, Sruthi, Soori and Black Pandi, Soundararaja was amazed to watch Hari at work.
“He’s a one-man army. Apart from selecting each character personally, he even looks into the costume and minute appearance details of people in the crowd scenes. Be it the moustache of a mason, the clothes of a watchman or even the uniform of a driver, he goes into the minutest details of every person in a scene. We don’t need to act, we just have to copy what he shows us and deliver it consummately. He is always on a high-energy mode and very disciplined on sets. Working with him is like undergoing training,” says Soundararaja. The actor says he’s gained a wonderful friend in Vishal. “I started off by calling him ‘sir’, but it naturally became anna later. That’s because he’s such a jolly and simple person, treating everyone alike,” he says with a smile.
In Jigarthanda, he plays Dindigal Ponram, a negative character, for the first time.
About Saathiyam he says, “It’s directed by Babu who is also the hero and producer. I play a cop and it’s an exciting upswing in my career , moving up to second lead. My aim is to work with renowned technicians and do memorable roles, moving steadily up the ladder.”