Ahead of 'Maayavan's release on December 14, lead actor Sundeep Kishan and director CV Kumar engaged in a candid conversation with us, in which they spoke about their film, actors Jackie Shroff and Daniel Balaji, and piracy issues.
Sundeep Kishan, who has just returned from a vacation in Europe, seemed quite upbeat as he dropped by our office to speak about his film Maayavan. Equally excited was his director, debutant CV Kumar, who has produced notable films like Attakathi, Soodhu Kavvum, Thegidi, Pizza and Irudhi Suttru among others.
“The way I look at a script as a producer and a director have a huge difference. As a director, I have the freedom to explore across genres and different subjects. As a producer, I look at scripts with a business perspective,” he admitted.
Sundeep Kishan, who plays a cop yet again after his Telugu film Nakshatram said, “Prior to Maayavan, I carried the image of a chocolate boy in Tamil. In this film, they will see me in the mature role of an investigative cop. I play a responsible man in this film. Also, my body language will be totally different. There is a tinge of arrogance in my characterisation.”
Divulging more information about the film, CV Kumar said, “I came across this script when I was reading an article. I discussed it with Nalan Kumaraswamy, who has penned the script. It is a very futuristic story and not time-bound that has both real-life incidents and fiction in it.” The movie has Lavanya Tripathi, Jackie Shroff and Daniel Balaji in important roles.
“Everything fell in place at various stages of production. When I was looking for someone to play a veteran army general, it was Jackie Shroff who came to my mind. He gave the nod when he listened to the script. So, we didn’t have to do much convincing. Also, he adapted to his role beautifully. Daniel Balaji is someone who can say a dialogue in so many ways with different modulations - such an artiste is a real treat to work with,” said Kumar. Sundeep concurred, “I have known Daniel Balaji since the days I assisted Gautham Menon. He is a versatile performer and in our combination scenes, it felt like a Batman-Joker sort of relationship.”
As the conversation moved towards technological advancement in cinema, CV Kumar said that it was a double-edged sword. “While technology has a lot of positive aspects, with mobile networks providing unlimited data, people are sharing pirated versions of films from the US to their kin in Kanniyakumari. They don’t realise the damage they are doing. There needs to be better security and tougher laws to curb piracy and protect privacy,” added Kumar. “And movies are made to be enjoyed on the big screen. You can never feel the same on a 5-inch screen.” concluded Sundeep.
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