In a candid chat with us, Karthi Sivakumar talks about his upcoming film Kadaikutty Singam, produced by his brother Suriya Sivakumar.
In a candid chat with us, Karthi Sivakumar talks about his upcoming film Kadaikutty Singam, produced by his brother Suriya Sivakumar. He tells us how scripts based on rural backdrops help him get closer to the audience and experience rural life
Karthi looked cheerful as his film Kadaikutty Singam is al;l set to hit the screens on Friday. “The film revolves around family emotions. It is a script which Pandiraj had in mind for a long time. However, when he approached me with the story, I liked it and Suriya anna came forward to produce the film.”
Karthi plays a farmer in the film. He clarifies that though the film has dialogues based on what the farmers are currently going through, it is not politically-charged. “I play a character called Gunasingam, who is the youngest among the siblings. The rest of the siblings are girls. He makes a living as a farmer and it isn’t region specific. Everybody in south Tamil Nadu and even Andhra Pradesh will be able to relate to Gunasingam. In Telugu, the film releases as Chinnababu.” The film also has Sathyaraj, playing Karthi’s dad. “I am used to calling him mama ever since I was a kid. On the sets, I had to call him appa.
However, the chemistry between us remained the same even in front of the camera,” he tells us. The film will have Mounika, Yuvarani, Bhanupriya and Viji Chandrasekhar playing Karthi’s sisters. “They reminded me of my childhood days. I don’t have an elder sister — and it was the akkas in my neighbourhood who pampered me. I used to be their bodyguard whenever they went to school or libraries. Also, I have cousins in Coimbatore, who took good care of me whenever I visit them during vacation. I share a different chemistry with each of my sisters.
Even while shooting for the film, I texted them saying I was reminded of them. The sister-brother relationship is always special. I experienced these while shooting for KKS . If I ask my brother for a glass of water, he would kick me and ask me to go fetch it myself,” he laughs. Kadaikutty Singam also has Sayyeshaa as the female lead and Arthana Binu and Priya Bhavanishankar as key characters. As director Pandiraj enters the venue, we ask him if Karthi looked after the heroines well, to which the actor replies, “Of course, I did. I am better than my anna in looking after the heroines of my films. As an office-bearer of Nadigar Sangam, it is my duty to take care of the members of the Sangam.” While the actor has been a part of city-based films like Paiyya, Naan Mahan Alla and Madras , which were huge hits, rural films like Paruthiveeran and Komban , were also blockbusters.
He says these films made him look at life from a villager’s perspective. “Their way of living is something that every one of us needs to experience. Their emotions and the way they interact with animals and plants are something I have always craved for. They live a simple yet happy life away from the hustle and bus- tle of the city. I wish to take up farming in the later stages of my life,” he concludes.