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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. “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,’’ begins Sethupathy, 36, who has decided to turn producer with the movie, Aaranju Mittai. “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,” says Sethupathi, adding, “The director is an independent film maker in the US. I met  him through a common friend.”

    Sethupathi’s earlier attempt at  production had incurred a loss of Rs 1.5 crores. “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,” says the actor who has three releases this year. “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.” Talking about roles that attract him, Sethupathi says, “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 fan of short films, Sethupathi insists they are a healthy trend. ‘‘Short films are not trailers for feature films, and big directors should also start making short films,” he concludes.

    Pannaiyarum Padminiyum is scheduled to release in February.

    — Mrinalini Sundar

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