I am not a political animal: Arvind Swami

By M Bharat Kumar Published on Apr 27, 2018 04:58 PM IST

"I want to step out of my comfort zone and try doing challenging roles. It gives me immense satisfaction", says actor Arvind Swami.

Speaking to News Today, the Roja actor says, "Cinema is my passion and I love being part of the industry. I relish doing roles that surprise me and take me close to masses".

His Baskar Oru Rascal is releasing 11 May. It is a remake of recent Malayalam hit Bhaskar The Rascal which featured Mammootty and Nayanthara in lead. Amala Paul is the heroine in Tamil version. It is directed by Siddique, who helmed the original as well.

Been in the industry for over three decades, Arvind Swami says, "I am fortunate to get versatile roles. I want to do full justice to it".

Excerpts of his interview:

Q: Why did you opt for a remake?

A: It is an emotional drama with commercial elements. I know people will compare me with Mammootty. But credits should go to Siddique. He made enough changes in the script to suit Tamil audience. Action, comedy are provided in right mix. I enjoyed working in Baskar Oru Rascal. Amala Paul, Soori, Ramesh Khanna and Nasser have given their best.

Q: Will you continue to do multi-starrers?

A: As an actor, I am ready to do any role that excites me. Be it Thani Oruvan or Bogan, I loved the way my character was written. I readily agreed to be part of such projects. My forthcoming film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, directed by Mani Ratnam is again a multi-starrer.

Q: Why such a big break in acting?

A: It was indeed a long gap. I was happy at the way my career had shaped up since Thalapathi. A break did happen. When I was not thinking of a comeback, Mani Ratnam gave me an opportunity to work in Kadal. My passion was rekindled. I decided to choose scripts that would thrill me. Happy that things fell in right place and I am busy with several projects.

Q: You express your opinions loud and clear in social media. Do you receive any backlash?

A: I speak from my heart. When the government announces  a policy decision and if I feel that may require discussion, I tweet about it. That doesn't mean I am a political animal. I know that I am not cut out for politics. I believe one should express freely what one thinks.

Q: How do you choose your roles?

A: I relish to do roles that surprise me. Stepping out of comfort zone to try doing versatile genres is the real joy. However I am not for horror genre. Somehow it doesn't impress me.