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Friday, December 29, 2006
After Surya, actor Sivakumar's younger son Karthi has made his entry into films with Paruthiveeran. Even before the release of the film, expectations are high. Karthi speaks about his experiences when shooting for the film.
After completing my studies in the US, I worked as assistant to Mani Ratnam sir. Never did I imagine that I would transform into Paruthiveeran in a film. Mr. Ameer signed me on purely by chance. I looked quite different then. He asked me to grow my hair and beard.
I took intensive classes in dance, fight and body building. I lost 10 kgs in that! We had the photo session after that. I went for that with no idea of what I had to do. Once I got there, I learnt a little of the character I was to play. I had to wear a lungi and tie it folded up above my chest, so my trousers were visible. I was given a spear and told to scream. I screamed. He asked me to scream louder. In the US, it is considered uncultured to talk loudly. Having got used to that environment, it was strange for me to yell so loudly.
After the photo shoot, I started to prepare myself mentally and physically for the role. Since the story is based around Madurai, I read up on the historical books. I saw films by Bharatiraja. I spoke to my friends from Madurai and Kambam and learnt to speak their lingo.
He transformed me totally during the shooting. He taught me how to walk, how to talk, how to move. I did exactly as he instructed me. There was heavy downpour during the first schedule of shooting. Only a couple of shots could be executed in a day. I was told to not even sit on a chair. He asked me to mingle with the public and observe them, what are their daily activities, how they talk and so on.
Each shot that I gave was a challenge for me. All the hard work will naturally result in something wonderful. I don't have words to describe that. All the credit goes to Ameer anna for making something out of me.
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