If Tamil cinema chooses to reflect contemporary politics on the big screen, as is so often the case, Udhayanidhi Stalin may be the best candidate to play Rajinikanth's villain in the film he plans to shoot next.
That was the nature of his tweets – and he writes them with a certain cunning and witty characteristic of his lineage – that makes it virtually impossible for him to expect no questions about his alleged political "feud" with Rajinikanth if he’s meeting a group of film authors before this Friday’s release, Psycho (A Mysskin film starring Udhayanidhi).
"How do you know it's about my tweets? [Rajini]?" he asks.
In return, he is asked whether he will run in next year's general election and whether he would prefer to face Rajinikanth (the actor has announced that he will form a political party). This time he is not distracting.
"First, let's see if he goes into politics," he says.
When another question is asked about the Thuglak-Murasoli controversy, Udhayanidhi leans back on a swivel chair in the visitor's conference room on MK Stalin's Chittaranjan Road and remarks: “He has just been promoting Murasoli and Thuglak. That's all there is to do … "before he laughs.
Then he adds: "Let's talk Psycho also."
Learn by method
Udhayanidhi's connection to Mysskin goes back more than a decade.
"I've seen all of his films, but he hasn't seen any of my films yet. He'll keep reminding me," he laughs.
The actor-producer was supposed to make his debut in Mysskin's film Yuddham Be (2011), who ended with Cheran at the top after he broke off. Udhayanidhi later made his acting debut with M Rajesh Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012).
"It was my decision. I didn't want to make a dark film on the debut. Later when I watched Yuddham Be, I felt bad. It was such a brilliant film and I felt like I had missed a great opportunity, ”he says.
in the PsychoUdhayanidhi plays a visually impaired conductor named Gautham.
"I loved the character," he says, adding that he spent a few days with a visually impaired person to observe their mannerism and communication style, and to prepare for the role.
- Udhayanidhi Stalin is already working on a film by Mu Maran von Iravukku Aayiram Kangal Fame. Titled, Kannai Nambatheythe film has an ensemble cast with Prasanna, Aathmika, Sathish and the Roja Koottam Pair of Srikanth and Bhoomika. “The shooting is 60 percent complete. I think there are still about 20 days of shooting, ”says Udhayanidhi. The actor also signed Magizh Thirumeni from Thadam Fame for another project, a film produced under the Red Giant Movies banner.
But nothing would have prepared him for what Mysskin had in store for him.
Udhayanidhi, inspired by Ayushmann Khurrana in Andhadhun, says he bought a pair of special lenses – the kind that would brighten eyesight.
"You won't be able to see anything. I asked my wife to make a video of myself moving and feeling around with the lens open, and then I sent the video to Mysskin. He saw it and said:Kannamma, great! But we don't have to do all of that. We only need one [black] Sunglasses, ”he laughs.
Still, says Udhayanidhi, he contradicted the filmmaker's wishes and used the lens during the shooting, much to the annoyance of the latter.
"He asked me why I was doing unnecessary things, but I was thinking with him that this would make my presentation a little more realistic. I told him it would feel good if I brought that aspect into my acting, ”says Udhayanidhi.
Disputes can be common when working on a Mysskin project considering that he is a "perfectionist".
For example, when he banned all his assistant directors from the film set for a day when the crew was filming in Coimbatore.
"He was angry. The poor assistants called us from two streets away and asked if he had calmed down to come back," he laughs.
“From my hairstyle and costume to deciding what type of glass to wear and which stick to hold, he decided everything. He is someone who gets what he wants. I was told that the song "Unna Nenachu" was the 27th tune that Ilaiyaraaja had composed, "he adds.
Psycho promises to be a performance-intensive affair not only for Udhayanidhi, but also for names like Aditi Rao Hydari, Nithya Menen and Raj Kumar (who plays the role of psychos in the film).
"Raj will go after that. He did really well. At the end of the film, you will feel confused as to who the real hero is, ”says Udhayanidhi.
He raves about Nithya playing a character called Kamala Das.
"It is a bundle of energy. In fact, Mysskin offered her both leading roles in the film and she decided to play that. It's a very challenging character and I don't think I've seen a similar role in Tamil cinema lately. Kamala It has a lot to do, but there is a reason for it. She's always angry in the film, ”he says, adding,“ Although Aditi is my dear interest, I only had two days of shooting with her. After watching the film, I found that she was physically struggling to play her character. "
It's all about business!
Despite the rawness of the depiction of violence and the use of abusive words in dialogues, Udhayanidhi asked the Film Certification Board only four mutes Psycho,
"I don't think they wanted any pictures to be cut, but of course it's an A-certified film. It's definitely not a children's film," he says.
The subject is carefully directed back towards Rajinikanth by some hard-working members of the survey group.
The superstar plays in a film from Sun Pictures directed by Siva. The last Sun Pictures production with Rajini was Petta, a film whose distribution rights for Tamil Nadu were acquired by Red Giant Movies (Udhayanidhi's film production and distribution company).
Will the current political situation change when this next Rajini film is released?
"Why should it be different? When Sun Pictures produces, I will of course distribute it. If he (Rajinikanth) has no problem with it, why will I have a problem? , Udhayanidhi concludes.