Actor Raj Bharath, who plays one of the leads in forthcoming Tamil romantic-drama Natpathigaram 79, says the film will stand out for its realistic portrayal of friendship vis-a-vis movies of the same genre.
"Though there have been several stories on friendship, what
really differentiates 'Natpathigaram 79' from other films is its
treatment. It has a very simple story, which has been presented in
a contemporary way," Raj told IANS.
Directed by Ravichandran, the film will hit the screens on
"In this tale of friendship, there's happiness, fun, pain and so
many other things in equal proportion. It focuses on the importance
of relationships and how people perceive it nowadays. Unlike other
friendship stories, there is even a special focus on the family
angle," he said.
The project is very close to Raj's heart as he was involved in
it from the scripting stage.
"The director is my uncle and I assisted him on this film for
nearly two years. From the scripting phase to post-production, I
got hands on knowledge on various crafts," he said.
Popular for playing the quadriplegic villain Thamba, in
Onayum Aatukuttiyum, Raj considers his role in
Natpathigaram 79 as his career's most challenging.
"In the case of 'Onayum Aatukuttiyum', my performance was very
dramatic, and it was designed to be that way. However, in this
film, I had to be subtle and it wasn't easy, because it was quite
contrary to my last role," he said.
The film also stars Amzath, Reshmi Menon and Tejaswi
On the sets, says Raj, he bonded like friends with his
"There was freedom, which resulted in great camaraderie between
the lead actors. The chemistry between us will reflect on the
screen and we became better friends through the course of the
film," he said.
Next, Raj will be seen playing a character with negative shades
in upcoming Tamil film Sigai. He also awaits the release
of Tamil thriller Andhra Mess, in which he has played the