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    Winning is not important, says newly turned producer Vijay Sethupathi

    WHEN Vijay Sethupathi decided to enter movies with M Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi in 2004, his friends warned him not to do so. a�?People expressed their concern because I am a married man and I left my job to join the industry with no idea as to what it was all about,a��a�� begins Sethupathy, 36, who has decided to turn producer with the movie, Aaranju Mittai. a�?I heard the script from the director, Biju Viswanath, and liked it. However, I am not acting in it because I do not have dates. Initially, I referred Viswanath to a few other producers but when he did not receive appropriate responses, I took over,a�? says Sethupathi, adding, a�?The director is an independent film maker in the US. I metA� him through a common friend.a�?

    Sethupathia��s earlier attempt atA� production had incurred a loss of Rs 1.5 crores. a�?I was not happy with how Sangudevan was going, and decided to back out. Winning is not important, participating is.So I do not want to sit around and not venture into production,a�? says the actor who has three releases this year. a�?I am currently doing Pannaiyarum Padminiyum in which I drive a Premier Padmini. It takes place in a village and is about how everyone likes the car.a�? Talking about roles that attract him, Sethupathi says, a�?I want to do movies about common people. I do not want to play a politician but be the common man who fights for his bread and butter.a�? A fan of short films, Sethupathi insists they are a healthy trend. a�?a�?Short films are not trailers for feature films, and big directors should also start making short films,a�? he concludes.

    Pannaiyarum Padminiyum is scheduled to release in February.

    a�� Mrinalini Sundar


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