He may be the most sought after actor now, but the climb to the the top though has not only been a tough one but also a rather long one.
The elder son of veteran actor Sivakumar hasn't had things his way because of his lineage. Instead, he slogged it out and came up trumps because of his talent backed by a lot of hard work.
Now, he is riding high on the back of a slew of hits and his movies are the most awaited and he has more often than not, never let his audiences down. The actor is now focusing all his energies on the forthcoming Maattrraan directed by K V Anand, in which he plays conjoined twins.
In typical measured style, he talks about Maattrraan and his future projects while touching upon the journey so far.
How do you feel as the D-day for Maattrraan approaches?
I am a bit nervous but I am confident that hard work will reap its rewards. Just wait for the film to release and see how it is on screen. (Director) K V Anand, me and the rest of the team have put in a lot of hard work.
On working with K V Anand...
I quite enjoy it. He is a person who is meticulous about things and has an eye for the exotic. Being a cinematographer himself, he is very particular about various details. In Maattrraan he chose some very fine locales and they will be a treat for the audience.
Tell us something about Maattrraan?
I am not in a position to say much. Wait and see it on the screen. The music by Harris Jeyaraj is sure to be one of the movie's strengths apart from Anand's slick work.
Your role in the film...
I play conjoined twins and the two are different in nature. The character names are Vimalan and Akilan. It is an action-thriller and it is for the audience to lap it up.
What next after Maattrraan?
I am slated to do Singham-2 with Hari. The first part was an out-and-out action-entertainer and think the director would have similar plans for the sequel too. Then I have one with Gautham Vasudev Menon, Thuppariyum Anandhan which is supposed to be a contemporary yet period film. It will be nice to work with Gautham again after having done two films with him earlier.
It is said you put in huge efforts for 7am Arivu... Tell us about it…
Yes, I did give my best and thought the film was rather well-received. It was a tough role and I did enjoy doing it and also working with A R Murugadoss was a pleasant experience.
About your journey in the film industry so far…
Oh! It has been a lovely one. I have enjoyed it right from the time I faced the camera for Nerukku Ner. I have learnt a lot down the line, especially from the mistakes and keep trying to improve in every aspect (of acting). I have much more to achieve in filmdom and to keep giving my best as I long as I act.