Proud dad Sivakarthikeyan shares a heartwarming tale of how Aaradhana spent the token gift of money she received for singing in Kanaa, on buying clothes for street kids and more
Dressed casually in tracks and a magenta T-shirt, Sivakarthikeyan meets us on location at a residential colony in the city while shooting for his upcoming flick with director Rajesh. Meanwhile, kids outside the vanity van are waiting to take selfies with their favourite Sivakarthikeyan anna/mama. The actor was catching up with the final Test match between India and England and greets us. When we congratulate him for introducing a new singer to Kollywood, none other than his daughter Aaradhana, the proud dad spoke out how the duet for Dhibu’s number Vaayadi Pettha Pulla in Kanaa came about.
“One day, Arun Raja came home and asked me if Aaradhana would be interested in singing. I asked her she agreed. So, we got her familiar with the song by playing it for her every day for a week, while she was on her way to the school and back. Once we entered the studio, I was nervous, but she enjoyed the process. In fact, I had to call Dhibu and tell him to make some corrections so that my voice was on a par with Aaradhana’s,” he explains with a laugh.
Talking about how she spent her first ‘earnings’, SK revealed, “Dhibu gave her a token renumeration of Rs 4,000 for the song. We didn’t want her to know what salary means at such a young age. So, we told her that this money has been given to her to buy clothes for kids of her age, she sees on the streets. She immediately did exactly that and her generosity made us happy,” he says with pride. SK is looking forward to his next release Seema Raja. “There has been a lot of positivity around Seema Raja and it excites me whenever there is a talk about the film. Also, my earlier outings with Ponram and Soori anna in Varuthapadadha Vaalibar Sangam and Rajini Murugan laid a strong foundation for Seema Raja.
Instead of typecasting our combination, people believe that we are capable of creating magic onscreen,” he begins. Talking about the film, he says that the idea was conceived when they were shooting for Rajini Murugan. “While we were shooting, people made way for a person, who looked very much like one among us and said, ‘Raja vandhutaar pa’ (Make way for the king). That is when we realised they still exist and penned a story on those lines. I play the heir of Singampatti Zameen and you would see Soori anna playing my accountant, who uses iPad and Phablets to maintain my accounts,” he smiles. We ask him if Soori really sports a six-pack for the film and if he was fine with it, he replies, “When we came to know that he has a six-pack abs, we wanted him to flaunt it to the audience.
They asked me if I wanted to do the same for the period portion in the film. But I was told that it would make me look leaner, hence I decided to bulk up. Also, I had to ride horses in the flashback scenes. Horses normally respond to people only if you befriend them. Off the shoot, I spent time talking to them and feeding them. Finally, I managed to bring them under my control.”
Sivakarthikeyan’s stardom is something that has always been compared to Vijay’s and Ajith’s. However, he downplays it and says, “There is something called market value and I strongly believe in it. My mass appeal comes across as a responsibility and I will continue to do commercial films in the future. It is because I am a fan of commercial films. Now, I enjoy being a part of them. I have no idea about the comparisons that are being made. I was raised in a family that never compared me to other kids or even my own sister, who did better in academics.
So, I have my own path in the industry and I am happy about the journey.” Talking about turning producer with Kanaa, he clarifies, “My production ventures will not be the same as my acting ventures. I started my banner SK Production to help my friends in the industry and give them an opportunity. Also, with the digital boom, I believe the time is right to be a producer,” he signs off and meets the kids outside to click selfies and head for the shot.