Silambarasan on his film Vaalu and finding new direction in life
When we caught up with Silambarasan TR, we were surprised to find Tamil cinemaa��s favourite bad boy uncharacteristically sombre, laid-back and rather exhausted. The lull at the box office seems to have taken its toll on the actor, singer and producer.A� Besides a string of flops like Idhu Namma Aalu and Vettai Mannain in the past two years, the 32-year-old has also received a lot of flak for his off-and-on relationships with his co-stars and has been the butt of negative publicity, especially post his break-up with co-star Hansika Motwani. With STRa��s latest film, Vaalu (co-starring Motwani), releasing soon and Gautham Menona��s Acham Embathu Madamaiyada and Selvaraghavana��s Kaan in the pipeline, he is hopeful but talks less about his movies and more about life.
Silambarasan says he plays a macho character in Menona��s next, in contrast to his breakthrough character of Karthik in Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya. a�?IA� have respect for Gautham Menona��s faith in me, even after I hit an all-time low. We deliberately kept my character in his next film a stark contrast to the boy-next-door image. The character is like a mix of Karthik in Vinnaitandi Varuvaaya and Surya of Kaakha Kaakha. Kaan, on the other hand, will see me as a devotee to Lord Murugan,a�? says the actor, who is shooting simultaneously for both projects. Does he research the diverse characters he is playing? a�?I just go on the set and speak to my director. Then I launch into my character. I do not require any former preparation, I know Ia��m good at what I do,a�? he says.
a�?Superstar MGR was very careful about his image as a star, which got him to where he was. I did just the opposite, but I still became a superstar,a�? says the Vallavan star, who has been known to call a spade a spade. a�?The last two years have not been easy for me. I realised I have had my biggest learning in 32 years during this phase. My goals are no longer restricted to making films. Box office hits or `100 crore films do not excite me. I do films because my fans have stood by me. As long as they whistle and clap and have a good time, my job is done,a�? says Silambarasan. The actor who has adopted meditation, and embraced spirituality over the last two years says he does not chase money or fame anymore. a�?In the last two years, I did not ask my parents for money even when I ran dry. I have realised there is a larger goal to life than chasing material goals and I am keener on finding myself with God; of reaching further through meditation,a�? he insists.
The actor does not have much to say about making it to film festivals. a�?I dona��t have to pretend to be somebody and talk about awards and off-beat cinema. I like the kind of films I do and am also appreciative of films like Kaaka Muttai, where I did a brief cameo,a�? he says, meanwhile, he has no plans of getting married anytime soon. a�?Life is moving forward and with women empowerment and equality on the cards, women are choosing what theya��d like to do, be it same sex marriage or staying single. As a man, I choose to live and let live,a�? laughs the actor, who brushes off his past relationships, commenting that probably life has a�?bigger plans for hima�?. So what is with hisA� meditative state of mind? a�?Every human being has a phase two. I am just lucky to have discovered my calling,a�? the actor concludes.
Vaalu is scheduled to release shortly.