Remember Aaree, who played the male lead in the Thamira-directed film ‘Rettaichuhi’ opposite Anjali (of ‘Angaadi Theru’ fame). Born in Palani in Tamil Nadu, Aaree had the rare distinction of starring as hero in a film which starred the two doyens of Tamil film industry in directors K. Balachander and Bharathiraaja. But the film didn’t fare well at the box-office is onething Aaree wants to forget in a hurry.
While he played a clean-shaven soldier in ‘Rettichuzhi’, he plays a tough guy with moustache and beard in his next film ‘Dharani’, which also stars Kumaravel and ‘Nadodigal’ Karnaa. The film is directed by Gughan, a one-time associate of Bollywood’s Ram Gopal Verma. The script is the key in ‘Dharani’, says Aaree and adds that the film would be a visual treat to all kinds of audiences.
Aaree, a college drop-out, got chance to model some commercial products a few years back and then decided that the field of entertainment was what he had all along been looking forward to. Well-versed in yoga and dance forms, he did a minor role in Cheran’s ‘Autograph’ and followed it up with similar small but meaningful roles in films like Sasikumar’s ‘Subramaniapuram’, Selvaa’s ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’ and Ameer’s ‘Yogi’.
His big break then came through Shankar’s ‘Rettaichuzhi’ after he was ‘rejected’ by director Arivazhagan for the role which was eventually played by Nanda in the film ‘Eeram’ as the director wanted a ‘popular face’ for the role. He also took up on himself the responsibility of guiding and helping the many kids who starred in ‘Rettaichuzhi’ to act in a casual manner.
Aaree, who also runs an acting school, reminisces with pride the appreciation he got from veteran K. Balachander for not using glycerin in emotional sequences in ‘Rettaichuzhi’. “That’s surely the best compliment I have received so far,” says Aaree.