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
The director says Vijay was apt for the character he has played
in the movie, which releases in theatres this Friday (19th
"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".