Director ‘Jayam’ Raja has conceded that he regretted that he couldn’t utilize to the maximum possible extent the acting instints of Mollywood actor Fahadh Faasil, who is debuting soon in Tamil films with Raja’s upcoming directorial venture titled as Velaikkaran (title of a super-duper hit Rajini film of the mid-eighties).
As this is Raja’s next film after his critically-acclaimed and commercially successful 2015 film Thani Oruvan, expectations are galore about what to expect in Velaikkaran which has Sivakarthikeyan and Nayantara as on-screen pair for the first time. Sneha, yesteryear’s heroine, plays an important role in the film. The huge star-cast in the film include Prakash Raj, Thambi Ramaiah, Vijay Vasanth, Vinodhini, Rohini, Sathish, Yogi Babu, RJ Balaji, Robo Shankar and Charlie.
Speaking about his film which is releasing in theatres towards end-September, Raja said that he felt that he had under-utilized Fahadh by ‘mistake’. “An actor’s job is not complete merely by following the director’s instructions; he has to get into the skin of his character for which no amount of tutoring can be enough. This depends entirely on the actor’s caliber, flexibility, will to learn and put into practice new things, etc.
“Fahadh has more than met my expectations before signing him up. He was somehow apprehensive of his Tamil diction and I promised him I’d give him his dialogues in advance so that he could go through them many times. However, I couldn’t do so but was baffled by the ease with which he spoke and delivered Tamil dialogues; this made me feel guilty that I should have kept my promise,” concludes Raja.