As with each of his earlier films, Urumeen, that will star Simhaa in a lead role, will explore another facet of his acting talent.
The day he saw a Rajinikanth film, he knew he would be an actor one day. Smitten by the Superstar’s style, Kodaikanal-born Simhaa chased his dreams of becoming an actor. In the process, he acted in a number of short films. He says, “I only believed that whatever projects I did, I had to give it my best shot.”
It was this guiding thought that helped him sail through a number of notable projects like Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi, Pizza, Soodhu Kavvum, Neram and his next release Jigarthanda helmed by Karthik Subbaraj.
Now, Simhaa is mighty excited about his next big role in Urumeen that is being directed by Sakthivel Perumalsamy.
Simhaa gives a sneak peek into his character in the thriller-action flick. “It is about a youngster who comes to Chennai from another city. As he searches for a job, an event in his life leads him into a whirl of situations,” he says. The film produced by Zero Rules Entertainment Pvt Ltd also stars newcomer Aditi as the female lead.
Simhaa attributes his breakthrough roles to his perseverance and his stint in short films. “Short films taught me a lot and each one has been an experience. There are no limits and there is so much focus on your role. I had acted in Balaji Mohan’s short film version of Kadhalalil…. I had won the best actor award for Nalaiya Iyyakunar first season,” he adds.
He is all praise for his directors for fleshing out his part, understanding his capacity. “In Soodhu Kavvum, I opted for Pagalavan role. Karthik gave me a chance to find out how much I can add value to it through an audition. It was a genre that I hadn’t explored and he believed that I could deliver,” he says.
He also reveals that he was initially reluctant to do the role of Vaddi Raja in Neram. “It took almost four years to make Neram and I was travelling with the script all through the making. I was not sure of doing a role like Vatti Raja, but director Alphonse Putharen assured me that I would be able to get into the role,” he says.
Simhaa isn’t turning away from his supporting actor identity. “I am not always keen on playing just hero roles. In Rajini’s first film, he had one scene in which he opens a gate. But everyone remembers it, even if it was something small. I have applied the guiding thought to every role, whether it is a supporting character or a lead role. It should just be a role that presents my talent in a new form,” he says.