Director SU Arun Kumar, who has helmed Vijay Sethupathi's upcoming film, Sethupathi, has said that the Pannaiyarum Padminiyum actor may join the next league after his impressive action-packed performance in Sethupathi.
"All heroes need a role that can take them to the next league in their careers. 'Sethupathi' will take Vijay to the next level in his career. His full-length action avatar will appeal to audiences and I'm sure it will be welcomed wholeheartedly," Arun told IANS.
The director says Vijay was apt for the character he has played in the movie, which releases in theatres this Friday (19th February).
"The fact that we've seen him only in comedies and romantic films convinced me to work with him. I feel the transformation, which he has undergone for this film, has come at the right time in his career. Now, he can choose different roles or go back to do what he's comfortable doing," he said.
Talking about how he roped in the actor, Arun says Vijay was the first to strike his mind after developing the script.
"When I developed the idea, the first actor that came to my mind was Vijay. I called him and explained the idea and he instantly agreed," recalled Arun, adding that Sethupathi is his first film that falls under the action genre.
"I needed this transformation. I like to work in areas where I'm not comfortable in. I didn't want to get stereotyped in one genre and wanted to experiment. Both of us have undergone drastic transformation with this project," he said.
Arun Kumar had earlier directed Vijay Sethupathi in Pannaiyarum Padminiyum which portrayed Vijay as a driver. In this film though, Vijay plays an upright cop.
"Vijay plays a very realistic cop. Unlike other heroes, he doesn't sport a six-pack abs or flex his muscles in action sequences. He reminds one of a police officer we come across in our everyday lives," he said, and added that the action sequences were shot with a lot of care.
Assuring that the movie will appeal to family audiences as well, the director says, "Besides all the action, there's a lovely family angle featuring Vijay and his family. There's romance and comedy to appeal to all kinds of audiences".