He’s been keeping everyone guessing about what to expect in Naan Thaan Bala. And with the release imminent, the comedian lets on that he’s dead serious about portraying a Brahmin in a super-authentic way. With his career seeking a much-needed revival, Vivekh gets chatting about the future and his film with Ajith...
A serious and meaningful role like in Naan Thaan Bala is a rarity. My comedy roles in films will continue side by side. I’m already part of Vai Raja Vai, Palakkad Madhavan, VelaiIllada Pattadhari and Ajith’s next film.
When R Kannan approached me, I was hesitant to play the lead and wanted to continue as a comedian. I evaded it for two-and-half years.
But now the audience’s tastes have changed. Naan Thaan Bala is a serious film and I felt it was a challenging role for a comedian to take up. That’s why I took the plunge.
The big story
I play Bala, a pious, dutiful son to his aged parents. He shuns violence of any sort and his entire day is spent in going to the temple, cooking and cleaning for his parents and taking care of them. He even gives up plans of marriage for them. What happens when he meets a mercenary called Poochi, played by newcomer Venkat Raja, forms the story.
The portrayal of Bala will break any stereotypical portayals of Brahmins. I have played many Brahmin characters before, but none as serious or authentic as this one.
I learnt Sanskrit slokas for the role. While dubbing, scholars from the Sanskrit Bharati organisation, helped me with pronunciation and recitation.
We shot the film in Kancheepuram and Kumbakonam. For the first time, the Saurashtrian language will be shown on screen, since the heroine, Swetha Rao plays a Saurashtrian.