Remember the vicious Pan Parag Ravi in Thirupaachi, who made you cringe in terror? Now, after 15 movies playing the bad man, he’s back, but in a new avatar. Meet Aryan, the tall, menacing and good looking villain, who got so bored of playing baddie that he decided to give himself a break. Deciding to re-invent himself, Aryan has now said a firm ‘no’ to villain roles and is returning as a lead character in Vishiyam Veliya Theriya Koodaathu (VVTK). Directed by newbie A Raghavendra and produced by Open Eye Theatres, it’s the tale of five fraudsters. But if you think it’s going to be blood and gore and stunts and fisticuffs, considering Aryan’s presence, think again. “I play the lead guy along with Sendrayan, Rangan, Kuberan and newbie Amba Sankar. What drew me to the script was the large dose of comedy in the conning process. I was looking for a break from my bad guy image, so I grabbed this opportunity,” he says.
Aryan has been part of films like Giri, Aaru, Ee, Sabari and others; his last outing being Alex Pandian. Why the long gap? “I decided to undergo a makeover and play only a good guy, so I refused many offers,” he says. And his wish came true, when the Kannada industry welcomed him without the bad guy tag. “I did three Kannada films as second lead. My last film there was Radha Ne Ganda with Poorna and Komal Kumar.
It looks like now K Town too has woken up to his good side, offering him VVTK. So, in typical hero style, he also gets to dance and romance the leading lady Hamitha. “As villain, I had danced in films like Bhavani earlier. Plus, I’ve been taking dance classes with Shobhi Master in preparation for my new avatar. So doing the kuthu number for the thiruvizha song was relatively easier. But I had to romance a girl on screen for the first time,” he says with a grin.
It seems his luck has turned and Kollywood is wooing the bad man full on. Aryan is part of newbie Nagarajan’s film under the RM Cinemas banner. “Nagarajan was former assistant to Suseenthiran. I play a Chennai boy who is a jolly, innocent character,” he says. Aryan sums up the new turn in his life, “I have no film background. My baddie roles were a hit so I continued doing them. Now I want to try something new. After all, I wasn’t born a villain! There maybe glitches. But if the goal is clear, the road will appear.”