Radha Mohan chooses actors as per the demands of the script. According to him, he ropes in a superstar only if the subject demands it.
"I let my script choose the actors and not vice versa. If I have to work with a superstar, then I make it a point to cast one. Why do I need to work with a superstar if there is absolutely no need for his or her presence," Radha Mohan, whose Gauravam has hit the screens on Friday, told IANS.
"It is very important to have the right actor for the right script. One of the most common mistakes in the industry is mis-casting. I ensure I stay away from it," added the filmmaker who had once worked with Nagarjuna in his bilingual movie Payanam.
"Nagarjuna was needed for Payanam. The script demanded an actor who could pull off the role and convince audiences that he was a suitable pick. It was the role of a major in the army, and I couldn't possibly rope in a newcomer or a relatively unknown face to play the part," he said. Continue reading the news on the slideshow...
I Didn't Need A Superstar For Payanam
"For a film such as Abhiyum Naanum, about the relationship between a father and his daughter, I didn't need a superstar. I needed an actor who could play the father's role to perfection," he added.
A Still From Gouravam
In critically acclaimed Tamil drama Abhiyum Naanum, loosely based on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Prakash Raj played father to Trisha Krishnan. He roped in debutant Sirish for the same reason in his forthcoming Tamil-Telugu bilingual Gouravam, which also stars Prakash Raj.
Gouravam: A Story About Caste Discrimination
"The story is about discrimination based on casteism. Sirish has image of the boy-next-door and that makes him ideal for the role. I wanted an unfamiliar face to stand up against the issue because it would have an emotional connect with the audience," he said.
Why Radha Mohan Cast Sirish?
"If a star actor would have played the role, then I would have had to rely on the commercial style of filmmaking to do justice to his image. I didn't want that to happen and, therefore, I cast Sirish," explained Mohan.
Produced by Prakash Raj under his home banner Duet Movies, Gouravam also features Yami Gautham, Nassar, Elango Kumaravel, Sricharan and Anupama Kumar.