We had a talk with Director Siddique who has been instrumental in bringing back the old Vijay we all loved to screen again through the super Kaavalan. Here is an excerpt from the interview.
Hi Sir it was such a crucial movie and you really made it work what made you choose Asin as Vijay’s pair in the movie.
Vijay and Asin are the pillars to success for this movie. Their duo could not have gone wrong, long time back I had narrated the story of Bodyguard to Vijay it was….. if I am right almost three years ago we discussed it before we did the Malayalam version with Dileep. Even though Vijay really liked the script somehow it did not work out at that time.I think Asin and Vijay were a great combination in Pokkiri, and it was wonderful to see them coming together again this time.
How has the response been?
We have received a stupendous response from every corner. The film was entirely promoted on word of mouth publicity, we faced a lots of problem and indirectly was really a big blow to us as we lacked of publicity commercially . I have always stood by my story through thick and thin and knew it in itself was good enough to do the magic and as a matter of fact people who have seen both versions have told me that they liked Kaavalan way better. It is a very simple subject, but where it packs a punch is in the climax.
So any special appreciation you would remember for a longtime to come after Kaavalan release?
Well, surely it came from Vijay’s mother. I cannot forget the moment when she thanked me and said that she was very grateful that Vijay had done such a wonderful film. I think the audiences in Tamil Nadu are also appreciating good work.
So what is next on your hit list we hear you will be moving ahead with it in other languages as well?
I am also planning to remake the film in Telugu and Hindi as well. It surely is a daunting task to remake it in a different language can be a daunting task sometimes but I am ready for it.When you make a film in different industries, there will obviously be a sense for a controlled budget and also with every new take there is a scope for betterment and the opportunity to correct errors.
Do you think Vijay was in for all the wrong reasons in the media too?
Vijay’s rough patch was not because of his lack of talent that is for sure. I think in Kaavalan,we cohesively worked for Vijay’s old image which people liked that include a hint of romance,as slice of humor and definitely more emotions. He has made a comeback.
Thanks a lot for your time Sir, from all the Vijay fans thanks a ton for bringing Vijay back and resting all statements against Ilayathalapathy image.
We definitely don’t doubt his talent and now looking forward for Velayutham to soon hit theatres.