Actor Arulnithi, who is playing a cop in his upcoming film Aarathu Sinam, a remake of Malayalam movie Memories, says it was hard to do justice to the role as playing an alcoholic police officer isn't an easy task.
"There were two challenges. Playing an alcoholic police officer required me to look drunk, yet express emotions through my face. I had to act sloshed but be wary of what I was going through and express it clearly," Arulnithi told IANS.
Portraying the character, originally played by Prithviraj, in his own style was a part of the second challenge.
"When it comes to a remake, comparisons are bound to happen. Hence, I portrayed the character in a way I had visualized it, in my own style and avoided replicating Prithviraj's performance."
"I asked myself, 'If this was an original film, then how would I perform,'" he said, adding that he watched Memories just a couple of times before commencing the project.
Getting into the skin of this particular character was difficult as well, according to the Demonte Colony actor.
"The first two days were really tough on the sets. Later on, my director helped me in understanding the character better and pushed me to perform subtly," said Arulnithi, who feels the soul of the movie should be left alone while remaking any flick.
"Tamil audiences have started to watch Malayalam films. Most people have watched 'Memories', and so, it was important for us to not tamper with the soul of the original. We didn't risk changing many things in a remake, still brought some nativity to suit Tamil audiences," he said.
Also starring Aishwarya Dutta, Aishwarya Rajesh, Robo Shankar and Radha Ravi in important roles, Aarathu Sinam is directed by Arivazhagan. The film will have its worldwide release on February 26.
Arulnithi was supposed to work with director Arivazhagan in his previous outing, Vallinam.
"We were in talks for 'Vallinam', but things didn't fall in place. Since then we've been in touch and were tracking each other's work. This project was offered to me by producer Murali, and both of us felt Arivazhagan will do justice to it," he added before signing off.
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