Interview with Karthik Kumar

Karthik Kumar in Veppam
Karthik Kumar in Veppam

Hi Karthik, you are back in Veppam and have surprised many playing a slum dweller. Could you please tell us a bit about your upcoming stint?

I play the character, Vishnu, a man of big dreams who runs a mechanic shop inherited of his late father. There is an irony despite his big dreams, as he doesn’t really work hard towards achieving them. It is quite interesting.

It surely sounds like. So how has the experience been so far?

I play a rugged person. I had to wear a lot of dull makeup and also pick my clothes from roadside shops. It was an unforgettable experience. I really wanted to get into the skin of the character.
Did you visit the slums to get into the character as you said?

According to me the slums in Chennai are very much a part of the city’s culture and those who reside in posh localities ignore it.As children,we really don’t care where our friends come from. We play cricket and meet youngsters from all sections of the society who join for the love of the game. It should be noted that the Chennai Tamil that we speak is the dialect from the slums itself. Hence, it wasn’t very difficult to adapt myself to the character. I would not mind visiting the slums.

So how do you find it playing away from your usual self of an NRI?

You know I hail from a lower middle class family and in most of the movies for some reason I got the role of either an NRI or a geek.

As soon as I got this opportunity, I grabbed it.

I was also happy to showcase the other side of my acting sensibilities.  I also feel relieved to come out of comfort zone.

One of the worst things an actor can do is to play similar roles again and again in the same setting.

You know there is little observation that we would like to bring to you, most of the recent films are with women directors , any reasons they prefer you?

Haha, nothing like that. It is just a coincidence. To tell you honestly I absolutely enjoyed working with all the directors. Women directors are thorough professionals, they really toil hard and to prove their point. I’m also glad that they are doing gritty projects like Veppam. I am happy to have been around many women directors on the block and it’s a good trend,”

Yes it definitely is a good change. We hope you have more surprising roles and characters coming your way and look forward to your success in the movie.