Vijay Sethupathi: I am like a kid whenever I stand in front of the camera


Some dangers are price taking, whether or not it’s taking part in an antagonist in Master or portraying the position of a trans lady in Super Deluxe, says Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi, who believes in letting his work communicate for himself.

In a profession of 40 to 50 movies, Sethupathi has completed unfavourable roles in only a few motion pictures, together with celebrity Rajinikanth’s Petta and Master, which options him reverse business senior, ‘Thalapathy’ Vijay.

In Master, Vijay Sethupathi’s revenge-driven gangster makes use of youngsters of a juvenile correction facility for prison actions. His enterprise comes underneath assault when an alcoholic professor (Vijay) is shipped to the facility.

Sethupathi mentioned he trusted director Lokesh Kanagaraj’s imaginative and prescient for the character that allowed him to discover darkish feelings.

The Tamil action-thriller was additionally a great alternative for him to be taught from a “mass hero” like Vijay, the 43-year-old actor added.

“Whenever I work with senior actors, I go there like a student because I want to learn. I am never like ‘I have done so many films and I have so much experience’. He (Vijay) has been in the industry for more than 25 years. His fan base is massive and I want to learn from him, from his energy. That’s why I also worked with Rajini sir and Chiranjeevi sir,” Sethupathi advised PTI in a Zoom interview.

Master grew to become a huge come across its launch on January 13 as soon as theatres opened after a hole of 9 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, with a reported incomes of Rs 220 crore.

The movie is now set to be launched on Amazon Prime Video on January 29, the first main film to shorten the hole between a theatrical and streaming launch.

With the launch of Master on OTT, a new set of audiences will uncover Vijay Sethupathi, who’s wanting ahead to the viewers’ response whereas disclosing the nervousness that the solid skilled earlier than the movie’s theatrical launch throughout the pandemic.

“I kept asking the director and the producer, ‘Is it confirmed? Are we releasing the film?’ I was worried whether the government would allow theatres to open. We were worried right till January 12. But I’m happy that people liked the movie.”

“A film is best experienced in a theatre, surrounded by other people,” he mentioned. But given these unsure instances, an digital premiere quickly after the theatrical launch was the subsequent most suitable choice.

“There is no language barrier for an art form or artistes. We love to connect with people because we are representing their life on the screen. People have also become more sensitive towards good content, so we need to work hard, be more responsible and make sensible movies.”

Stories of ego tussle between two huge stars are simply tales, Vijay Sethupathi mentioned, including that an actor can not function from that house.

He mentioned, “As actors, we perform so many characters and that gives us maturity. If I have ego, that means I don’t have the maturity. For me, art form is not a business. It depends on the business but it is not a business. It is a feeling. It is the trust between you and your work. Your work will speak for you if you spend time with it and listen to it. If I do my work with responsibility, I’ll be here.”

This confidence in his craft stems from the form of life he has led, Sethupathi defined, narrating the story about taking the “biggest risk” in his life.

“I’m a middle class man. I tried for movies after I got married and my wife did not know that I was trying for movies. It took six years for me to become a hero, until then I was playing the hero’s friend or doing small roles. I did not earn much either. My wife was worried about our kids’ future and our life. I believe that was the biggest risk in my life, not this (taking on complex characters),” he mentioned.

Vijay Sethupathi mentioned had he failed as an actor, his household’s life would have been “miserable” however the threat paid off.

“Now, I’m in a comfortable place. I’m getting paid well. I can take care of people around me and also take care of my art.”

A dialog with the actor is incomplete with out a dialogue round his most beloved efficiency of Shilpa in the 2019 Tamil anthology Super Deluxe, about a trans lady who returns to her spouse and son after her transition.

He credit director Thiagarajan Kumararaja for giving him the position and recalled how he fell in love with the character throughout the narration of the movie.

The actor mentioned, “He told me, ‘I don’t know how you will take this and you don’t need to say yes’. I said, ‘Sir, please give this character to me’. He said, ‘You are a well-known actor. You think twice and then let me know. Take some time’. I was like: ‘here’s no need to think twice. I don’t think I will get another character like Shilpa’.”

“After I saw the movie, I told Kumararaja, ‘I feel I’m blessed by Shilpa. It is not me’. There are two characters in my life that I don’t think are me though they are played by me – one is Shilpa and another is the role of the old man in Seethakaathi,” he added.

With round six-seven releases lined up and several other tasks to be introduced, Vijay Sethupathi is joyful residing the life he at all times wished – to be in front of the camera.

“You can say I’m busy with my happiness. I’m like a kid whenever I stand in front of the camera. It is full of excitement. I think I have completed, including my guest roles, about 40-50 movies but still whenever I’m in front of the camera, I feel happy.”

Vijay Sethupathi will quickly make his Hindi debut with Mumbaikaar. He can be doing a movie with Sriram Raghavan.


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