Composer-turned-actor Vijay Antony, who has proved himself as a bankable star with hits like Salim and Pichaikkaran to his credit, still doesn’t believe he is a good actor. Ahead of the release of political thriller Yaman, he said in an interview: “There are born actors. But, I’m not a good actor. I do the right work including editing, composing during post-production and see that it is packaged well. I believe that a film can be saved on the editing table. I don’t take exaggerated cinematic liberties.”
Yaman marks his reunion with director Jeeva Shankar. The duo had previously worked together in Naan, which marked Antony’s maiden project as an actor. Talking about the film, he said, “Yaman is an avatar of Lord Shiva and called Yama Dharma Raja. Dharma means justice. Sadly, he has been portrayed wrongly in our films. Here in the film, I play a politician, Tamilarasan, and from the villain’s point of view, I am ‘Yaman’ to him. If you ask whether I am a good or bad politician, I have to say that every human has a positive and negative side to him or her.”
He also clarified that the film will not reflect the current state of the political scenario in Tamil Nadu. The story was pitched to Antony nearly five years back when he was working on Naan. Releasing this week in cinemas, the film also stars Miya George and veteran actor-filmmaker Thiagarajan in a pivotal role.
On the inspiration for his character, he says, “No, he is a fictitious politician created by Jeeva Shankar and will not reflect the current political scenario as misconstrued by some. The director narrated the story five years back when we were doing Naan.”
When asked why he doesn’t opt for big heroines and prefers newcomers, he quips, “If there’s a requirement we can have a bigger heroine on board. It is the script that commands who will fit in the character and the director is there to fix someone who is apt for it.”
The soft-spoken actor says that his next film with an intriguing title Annadurai is not a biopic of late Dravidian leader and former CM of Tamil Nadu. “It is a pure commercial film and has nothing to do with the late politician. It is too early to talk about it now,” he signs off.
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