The 500 crore Dream of Thala: Venkat Prabhu Interview to Kungumam
‘Naanum Yetthanai Naalaikkuthan Nallavana Nadikiradhu’ – It might be quite a different and unusual dialogue, but it has already become the punch of town, especially with ‘Thala’ fans. ‘This is the uniqueness of the character’ says director Venkat Prabhu as he sheds more light into the film.
‘This is really a fact as the dialogues suits very much to his character in ‘Mankatha’ and in comparison with his previous movies. In ‘Vaali’, he had played dual roles in which one was a negative character. But in this one, he plays full-fledged negative character in this film….”
Adding more, he says, “This is one of the greatest milestones in his career and it all happened in an unexpected way. Initially, I didn’t write this story with Ajith Kumar in mind. I wanted to make this script with my usual team. Soon as Thala got to know that I am doing a project for Cloud Nine Movies, he called up to congratulate me. During our conversation, he had a word asking me to prepare a script for me that will have him in negative role. He said that he is quite fed up playing stereotyped positive roles. Immediately I asked him, ‘Annae, This script is similar to the same concept. The film is about 5 characters amongst which 4 are baddies and the 5th one is too baddie. The project happened merely with a phone call. Off the late, when we were about to start the shooting, I narrated the script completely and he was very much impressed. No other actor would dare to choose negative role in his 50th film and it is possible only with ‘Thala’. Even the look of grey hairs is something no other actor would choose to appear with and Ajith Kumar has done it with panache looking like a Hollywood actor.”
Speaking about Thala’s friendliness with other 4 actors, who belong to Venkat Prabhu team, he said, “While my boys were literally confused whether Thala would be friendly with them, it turned out to be something unexpected. Thala became so friendly with my guys and in special, Premgi became his pet. Everyone knows about the Biryani he was preparing.”
It is worth mentioning most of the Venkat Prabhu’s films have a strong link with ‘Cricket’. Ask him about it and he says, “Yes, Chennai 60028 had the guys involved in cricket while in ‘Saroja’ it is about the guys heading to watch a match. Again, ‘Mankatha’ has a connection with Mankatha. But here guys don’t to play cricket, but it’s into a different area and about betting.”
Trisha plays an important role in the movie and her part will be exceptionally special as it leaves Thala to change his route of action. The film is about a group that has a dream of making Rs. 500Crores money. While everyone in the film are merely of negative characters, Action King Arjun will give a surprise to everyone appearing in negative role. Apart from Trisha, Lakshmi Rai, Anjali and Arjun have done a great job. There are many more interesting surprises in the film and you’ll have to wait only for few days to watch this action-thriller.”
Source: Kungumam (Dated: 15-8-2011)