All eyes on 'Agila Ulaga Superstar' Shiva

By M Bharat Kumar Published on Jul 11, 2018 01:03 PM IST

"I never expected that people will sacrifice their sleep to watch the first day, first show of Tamizh Padam 2 at 5 am," said Shiva in a surprised tone.

He is the new hero to have a 5 am release after Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ajith and Sivakarthikeyan.

With much excitement and on a very serious note unlike his previous interactions, Shiva, 'hailed' as 'Akila Ulaga Superstar,' shares with News Today about his experience of Tamizh Padam 2 and his future plans.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. What is your present state of mind?

A. All that is happening is because of God's blessings. Comparing to all my previous flicks, this time I am in a melo mode. I feel I have matured to handle this. Things like first day opening, early morning show, box office show-off, are all happening by itself. I believe these would be the best compliment to all our hard work and dedication.

Q. How do you see full length spoof movies in Tamil and their evolution?

A. Making a spoof is not an easy task. It took us eight years from the first part to the sequel of Tamizh Padam. In between, no one attempted to make a spoof. For a spoof movie, one needs to write a  story from stories. You have to involve the original, troll it, at the same time you also have to make it look different from the original to align with your plot. So, making a spoof involves a lot of creativity and smartness.

Q. What are the differences in terms of creativity you see between memes and spoofs?

A. Both are unique in their own way. For a meme, one has to imply a different ideology on the dialogue or scene of a movie. But, in a spoof you troll the same idea as the original. A meme appears in no time, once an incident or an event happens. On the other hand, a spoof has to be built on a proper logical sequence to entertain people.

During the making of a spoof, it not easy to be part of it. You happen to laugh most of the times, when you speak a dialogue. This was the hard part of making TP2.

Q. A lot of online reviewers are in existence. Will this influence the reception of your movie?

A. In the first place, we have to accept criticisms and reviews. The number of reviewers does not matter. No one can make a movie that will satisfy 100 per cent, because, there will always be a section of audience who will have difference of opinion. At the end of the day, no reviewer can influence the reach of the movie. Everything is in the hands of audience.

Q. You acted in a serious movie Pathinaaru. Do you have any idea of doing such an attempt again?

A. Actually, Pathinaaru was a late-release. We made the movie in 2009 and it hit screens several years later. In between that time Tamizh Padam and Va Quarter Cutting released. So when Pathinaaru came, people could not relate me on a serious note. Now even producers opted to make only comedy genre with me. On the other hand I intend to make some serious movies myself. I will be producing and directing them.

Q. The songs in Tamizh Padam 2 are on a serious tone. How were these numbers incorporated in a spoof movie?

A. Do not jump into any conclusion before watching. There a lot of surprises awaiting for you. For instance, En Nadanam number is going to be ground breaking. You would not see a dance step that you already witnessed before. It will be a master piece of Shiva and (director) CS Amudhan.

Interviewed by M Bharat Kumar and Santhosh Mathevan