Arulnidhi is the second member of the kalaignar family turning hero, nearly four decades after Karunanidhi’s eldest son Mu Ka Muthu turned lead actor in the early 1970s. A lot is riding on Arulnidhi, and the young man is hoping that he will deliver.
In an media meet Arulnidhi says, “My cousins, Udhayanidhi Stalin and Dhayanidhi Alagiri, and uncle, Kalanithi Maran, are already popular producers in Kollywood and my father M K Thamizharasu has produced films like Gopura Vaasalile. However, my passion is to be an actor. As a kid, I grew up on Rajini sir and Kamal sir’s films and always wanted to be in front of the camera.”
It was Udhayanidhi who fulfiled his dreams, and introduced him the actor to Pandiraj, whose Pasanga was making waves then. “Uday told me to go through the script of Vamsam and then take a call. The role was earlier rejected by some young heroes on the ground that the female character in the film had equal footing as the hero. However, I was floored by the script and when I heard Pandi sir’s narration, I knew I was in safe hands. I feel the film has shaped out well and will satisfy all classes of audiences.”
Arulnidhi’s role model is his grandfather. Says the young actor, “Thaatha is my role model. I am amazed at his literary skills. When I told him that I was planning to act in films, he asked me to exercise caution while selecting scripts. I am following his advice.” He is yet to show the final copy of Vamsam to his grandfather, who is eagerly waiting to see it.
Says Arulnidhi, “Vamsam’ is a feel-good film with more thrust on the content. It was a great experience working with director Pandiraj.We didn’t want to delay the release any longer as big star-studded films are due in September. So, we were rushing against time to release it for the Independence Day weekend. I have butterflies in my stomach now and really hope that audiences will love it.”