The cast of 'Yenda Thalaiyila Yenna Vekkala'; Azhar, Sanchita Shetty and Singapore Deepan, along with their director Vignesh Karthick, visited the office of us for a freewheeling chat. The fun-filled session also had some mimicry performances by the team.
The team of Yenda Thalaiyila Yenna Vekkala produced by AR Reihanah, sister of the Mozart of Madras AR Rahman, arrived at the venue sharply at the scheduled time. The leads of the film, Azhar, well-known RJ and VJ, and the heroine Sanchita Shetty were seen dressed in maroon. Then entered the comedian Singapore Deepan with director Vignesh Karthick and grabbed everyone’s attention.
The quirky title of Yenda Thalaiyila Yenna Vekkala, has created waves on social media and has raised the curiosity levels since last year. “Firstly, the film isn’t a horror comedy as speculated. In fact, it’s a dark comedy with twists and turns.” He adds, “We have been asked the question wherever we go. Why this title? The answer is, it is relevant to the story. One day, I along with my assistants, were brainstorming for a title and when one of us spoke about a specific incident from the movie, we thought this could be the apt title. A few people liked it while a few thought it wouldn’t go well with the audience. However, when we released the title, it went viral,” says Vignesh Karthick.
Azhar and Deepan were smiling at each other and we ask if the title is based on one of Azhar’s scene in the film. “That is the suspense and we don’t want to break it ahead of the release,” says Vignesh. Azhar says that he knew about the script even before he came on board. “Vignesh is a good friend of mine and narrated the script. Without any hesitation I asked him if I could play the lead. He was surprised and asked me if I liked the script. Then he approached Reihanah ma’am, who surprisingly, had me in her mind for the role as well. That is how I came on board.”
Sanchita Shetty, who has had three releases last year, will be seen playing an entirely different character this time. “Firstly, I liked the script. I had the confidence. Though I have been a part of dark comedies before, this film will be unique. I play a character called Ramya, in a girl-next-door avatar, which will strike a chord with the audience,” she says.
Azhar interrupts and says, “Her character will be spoken about for a long time by the audience. It is more like Jyotika from Kushi and Jessie from Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya.” Deepan, who kept the conversation lively with his funny interludes even as his co-stars and director were doing most of the talking, says, “I’m performing as a solo comedian for the first time and will be seen with Azhar from start to finish. Trust me, I play an engineering graduate (smiles).”
Azhar and Vignesh stop him saying, “Be more specific. He is an unemployed engineer, who unsuccessfully hunts for a job, 10 years after completing his engineering.” Deepan says, “Even then, I am an engineering graduate. So, my role had its own challenges. People like Nagesh sir, Surulirajan sir, Goundamani and others, have already set the bar high for how a comedian should be. Though I have grown up watching them, I ensured that I do not copy them. I have my own strengths and have capitalised on them.”
Sanchita says, “It is fun to be with these people on the sets. When I was told Azhar is playing the lead, I was excited as he has a huge fan following on the small screen. Also, Vignesh asked me to watch the short film he had made before. So, we all gelled well. I have to give it to Reihanah ma’am for being such a wonderful producer and then, her songs too have come out well. It was a first-of-its-kind experience for me to work with a lady producer and see them emerge successfully in the industry.”
Vignesh seconds Sanchita and says, “Having a producer like Reihanah ma’am is a blessing. She is frank and a no-nonsense woman, which helped us in improvising. She is a mother figure for all of us.”
As the conversation comes to an end, Azhar, Vignesh and Deepan make us break into a laugh with each of them speaking like actors Ajith, Vijay and Vijayakanth, respectively.