Mani Ratnam is tireless worker, says actor Arun Vijay

Mani Ratnam is a wonderful director. He is working tirelessly to give his best in 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam', says actor Arun Vijay.

Though Arun Vijay has been in the industry for over a decade, life took a happy turn after he played a baddie in Ajith-starrer 'Ennai Arindhal', directed by Gautham Menon.

He is flooded with offers now, but he remains very choosy. The actor is also part of Prabhas-starrer 'Sahoo' besides Tamil venture 'Thadam' with Magizh Thirumeni.

Excerpts from his interview:

Q: On being part of 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam'.

A: Mani Ratnam is a phenomenal filmmaker. Every actor would love to work with him. He was energetic on the sets.He is giving his best to ensure that 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam' shapes up well. It was a surprise to see how Mani Ratnam is shaping up the project not only for me but also to my co-stars in the movie (Aravind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi and Simbu).

Q: Your dream to be part of an A R Rahman film is fulfiled. How do you feel now?

A: I love A R Rahman's songs. Long back, I was supposed to do a love story with Rahman as music director. But it did not materialise. I consider my 25th film ('Chekka Chivantha Vaanam') very lucky. I am happy to be part of an A R Rahman musical now.

Q: Did offers come pouring in after 'Ennai Arindhaal'?

A: It did. But many of them were villainous roles. My role as Victor in 'Ennai Arindhaal' was strong. I hate to see myself cliched on screen. Hence, I picked only those where there was scope for me to give my best.

Q: On sons succeeding their parents on screen?

A: The likes of Sivaji Ganesan and his son (Prabhu), Muthuraman and his son Karthik won the hearts of many. Now we have Sivakumar' sons ( Suriya & Karthi), T Rajhender's son Simbu and myself (as son of actor Vijayakumar) have a lot to prove. I pick films that are different from ordinary. I have to work doubly hard to establish my style here. I am eager to establish my own identity.


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