Actor Raghava Lawrence first release this year — Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam, directed by Chimbu Devan — seems to have set the cash registers ringing.
When asked what made him to accept a cow boy role, Lawrence says, “I was keen to work on this project right from the time Chimbu narrated the story. He was well prepared and had even taken a few photographs of the characters in their complete make-up to give me a feel of the film. Tamil Cinema has seen a cowboy film after 38 years and he had gone that extra mile to make it look authentic. Right from the get-up to style to dialogues, I loved them all.”
Talking about Simbhu Devan, he says, “Simbu had proved himself in his first film, (Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikesi). Though his second film, Arai En 305il Kadavul, didn’t exactly set the BO on fire, it had a fine storyline. This generation hasn’t seen cowboys and this film is an interesting attempt at telling them how a cowboy would have lived. But that apart, the movie is a hilarious one. Irumbu Kottai … is an action comedy. Even the villain, after beating up people, will keep laughing. Avarukku comedya kovam varum (Even his anger will be comical).”
So, did he put in any extra effort to get the body language of a cowboy right? “I saw a couple of cowboy movies in Tamil and other languages. Simbhu devan had researched the topic really well. But I had to practise a lot to get the gun-swirling act right,” he smiles.
Talking on his other projects, “I’m currently busy with Kaanchana, which will be a sequel to my previous directorial venture, Muni. Anushka is playing the lead and I assure you that the film will be spine-chilling. It will have a lot of supernatural elements. I also have Pakki, directed by Rasu Madhuravan of Mayandi Kudumbathar fame, in my pocket. I’m also doing a film with Nagarjuna and Prabhas in Telugu.”
For someone who has shined in choreography, acting, directing, scriptwriting and even composing, when Lawrence was asked what he likes doing the most “If I hadn’t liked what I was doing, I wouldn’t be doing it in the first place. Still, I started as a group dancer and became known to the public as a dancer. So, dancing will always remain close to my heart.” the actor says
Every one knowns even as he is busy with his projects, Lawrence also finds time to indulge in social activities. “I run a trust through which we fund the education of underprivileged kids and better their life. This year, we distributed laptops to the deserving and helped eight kids who had to undergo open-heart surgery. By God’s grace, I’m well off and I feel the need to give to those who aren’t,” .