As ‘Velayudham’ is gearing up for a Dewali release and the team is running from pillar to post as part of the promotional activities, SouthDreamz.com caught up with Ilayathalapathy Vijay for an interview. Read on as Vijay gets candid and speaks on his role in Velayudham, clarifies reports on the much talked about Dookudu remake, his project with AL Vijay, his plans this Dewali and a lot more!
Excerpts from the chat with the ace personality…
How did this film with Jayam Raja happen?
I have watched all his films and I was supposed to work with him two years back itself under Sanguli Murugan sir’s banner. We missed out on it and he started off a project with his brother, Jayam Ravi. Then we met one day and he came with a one-liner on Velayudham which interested me so we started off with this project immediately. I asked him jokingly whether he will do movies only with his brother and not me and that’s how all this started off.
This is a commercial entertainer and you have delivered many time and again. But this is your first part superhero project, what’s special about it? What about the horse riding scenes?
Yes but this is not a superhero film with extra powers for the hero or something on those lines. ‘Velayudham’ portrays the hero somewhere between a common man and a superhero. Speaking on horse riding, actually I learnt horse riding quite a while ago, even before stepping into films. All the training is being of use to me now (smiles).
Most of your films highlight upon brother – sister bonding, but can we say your bond with Saranya Mohan forms the crux of this plot as she has reported in an interview?
No it definitely is not the crux of the film but can be called as one of the highlights in ‘Velayudham‘. No matter what, be it now or after many years, this is one relationship among our folk that will never change! It’s an evergreen something.
Speaking on stunts, are there other highlights apart from the train stunt sequence?
Tom Delmar did the train sequence and yes, much has been spoken about it to audiences already. Apart from this there’s a fight scene in a harbor which will definitely be a big highlight in ‘Velayudham‘, I can assure it will be something very interesting to look forward to and something my fans will enjoy watching on-screen.
How true is it that there are 30 comedians?
Well, I can say that under Santhanam’s captainship there will 29 comedians. There’s a whole team of comedians itself that he heads so we have meant it in that way.
All your forthcoming films are with top-notch directors, AR Murugadoss, Gautham Menon and Shankar. We understand we’ll be seeing a suave avatar of Vijay, but why haven’t we seen this earlier?
To tell the truth, honestly, I have been approached by all these directors only now and I loved the scripts so I accepted them. It is not like I wanted to do these kind of films only now but these projects are coming my way only now and I am happy to accept them.
Are you doing Dookudu remake?
I watched the film, I really liked and enjoyed watching it but I am not doing the film’s Tamil remake.
Udhaynidhi Stalin has expressed he’ll watch ‘Velayudham‘ first show. When will you watch ‘7am Arivu‘?
I will definitely watch it on Dewali, no doubts about that but I don’t know which show. I will watch ‘7am Arivu‘, my film ‘Velayudham‘ and ‘Ra.One‘ on Dewali. How many ever films will release that day I will watch them all the very same day, no doubts. That’s how crazy I am about films (smiles).
No doubts we see a balance between Hansika Motwani & Genelia in trailers, but can you tell what will be the highlight?
The director has beautifully balanced between Hansika Motwani and Genelia’s character. There’s no way anyone can compare their characters since they are so different from one another. My scenes with both of them are like two different episodes to frame it rightly. However I must say that Genelia’s character plays a key role in my character seeing a change in the film, from that of a commoner to that of a superhero.
About your film with AL Vijay…
Yes we both are talking about it but it will take time, probably even two more years to go on floors! But there’s a lot of time for an official announcement on this front.
A recent Tamil film that Vijay enjoyed thoroughly…
‘Kanchana‘! My kids enjoyed this horror film so very much that when I’m home they’ll be enacting the scenes from the film to me!
Vijay expressed his Dewali wishes to his fans worldwide and SouthDreamz.com visitors, hoping his fans will enjoy his Dewali gift to them, ‘Velayudham’. Post your Dewali wishes to Vijay and expectations on ‘Velayudham‘ in here and we’ll make sure the star catches a glimpse of it.