When a Cameo Became a Big Break
He’s done small roles in Nandalala, Attakathi, Mugamudi and Madha Yaanai Koottam. But nothing brought him the fame and acclaim that Studio Green’s film Madras did. The film has just released to rave reviews, with its special focus on the realistic portrayal of life in North Madras.
Playing the key role of Anbu, the best friend of hero Karthi, is actor Kalaiyarasan, whose life hasn’t been the same ever since.
He grins happily, “When I went to theatres after the release, I had to be escorted out by security guards like some big hero. Madras has changed my life completely. Now I’m flooded with requests for autographs and photos. At Albert Theatre, people were shouting ‘Anbu Anna’.”
Kalaiyarasan, a graduate in computer applications from SRM College, thanks Mysskin for giving him a break in two movies. In Renjith’s debut flick, Attakathi, Kalaiyarasan played the guy the heroine marries. But for Madras, he underwent three screen tests before he was selected for the role of Anbu.
The natural equation with Karthi is the highlight of the movie and he gives credit to the hero for the same. He says, “I was hesitant to treat him in a friendly manner since he’s a star. But he himself came and put his hand on my shoulder the first day and put me at ease. He was also very considerate towards everyone. He would give counter cues from behind the camera and request for breaks when anyone was tired. He would patiently wait during our many retakes. All this camaraderie has translated into excellent results on screen.”
Ask him about the romantic scenes he did so naturally and he grins, “Luckily my wife hasn't seen the movie yet.” His next film is Urumeen where he plays a negative character. Offers of lead roles are also pouring in.