Srikanth’s first film Rojakoottam was hugely successful and made him as one of the bright stars of Tamil cinema, but the movies that followed did not help Srikanth in any way as an actor including film Poo and some very forgettable unsuccessful films.
Now, he is has made comeback with his latest release Drohi strarring Vishnu beside him has given the best performance of his career.
In this interview, an elated Srikanth talks about Drohi and more
Seems Drohi is your comeback film?
I hope so. I am fortunate that I got good reviews after a long time. I hope that the phase I’ve been going through as a result of wrong selection of films is finally over.
Why did the wrong selection of films happen? You had good start isnt it.
Sometimes, when you hear a story, you get carried away by the narration and feel it will turn out to be a good film. Sometimes, due to obligations, you accept a film. I know I can’t blame anyone else for my wrong choice of films. My last three films gave me a very bad name and after that, I became very cautious.
The Director Sudha had told in a interview that you initially refused the film, and that she had to convince you to do the role. Why did you refuse the film initially?
That was because of a parallel character which I thought would overshadow my role in the film. I was already under a lot of pressure because of the failure of my last few films. So many insecurities came to mind. But Sudha convinced me that the character would have an impact and I needed to concentrate only on my character. She said, “you do justice to your role, you will get the benefits.” I must thank both Sudha and Mano (Akkineni) the producer for their confidence in me.
You look very young in the movie.
When I was 22, I was acting in older roles. Here I am at 30 acting as a 26-year-old! I had to look lean so that I looked younger than Vishnu. Vishnu added mass to his body to look older than me.
Not only that, Vishnu has just entered the film industry and people will think he is very young. I have been in the industry for the last eight years. So, I had to physically look younger than Vishnu. Otherwise, the audience will not accept me as being younger than Vishnu.
You had lived as Samy ,a youngster from Royapuram, what was your home work fro the role?
First, I watched a lot of footage about the Royapuram people given to me by the director. Then, I went there with Alphons Roy, the cinematographer. I stayed there for a week, mingled with the people and made quite a few friends too. Once you get to know them well, they are very nice, and it was easy to shoot there unlike what we hear. We have heard that they were very hostile and would not let anyone come near them. It is not so; it all depends on how you mingle with them. I made an effort to be friends with them. Instead of travelling by car, I rode my bike wearing casual clothes. We used to play cricket almost every day.
Once the shooting started, I would ask the Royapuram guys who acted with me to teach me to say the dialogues right. I listened to the way they talked and then I spoke that way.
I did my homework that way and it helped me a lot.
Was it difficult for you to be Samy?
It was very difficult. As an urban person, it was difficult for me to act like an uneducated goon. I also had to darken my skin.
Did you expect this kind of appreciation for your performance?
Let me be honest. I never expected this kind of appreciation. I knew I had done my job with all sincerity, but that was all. It feels very nice when people from the industry call and say good things about your work.
I was touched when someone said I looked like the younger brother of Srikanth. I was moved when another actor asked me where I had hidden my talent until now. Suriya was so nice and generous to send me an sms saying that the trailer looked good and he expected a lot from me. It was nice of an artist of his stature to let me know what he felt.
I feel so happy when your contemporaries and the industry appreciate your work.