Chennai, Dec 14 (IANS) Actor Adith, who will be seen essaying a pivotal role in forthcoming Tamil entertainer “Thanga Magan”, says that actors who work with Dhanush get incredible exposure and reach.
In “Thanga Magan”, which releases in cinemas on Friday, Dhanush plays the lead role.
“Even if I were to pay money to work in the film, I wouldn’t have missed the opportunity. Actors who work in Dhanush’s films get lot of exposure and reach, which you rarely get anywhere else,” Adith told IANS.
He plays Dhanush’s cousin in the film, which is directed by R. Velraj. It also features Amy Jackson and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in important roles.
“It’s a lovely story about two cousins. I play a character with negative shades,” said Adith, and clarified that his role can’t be described as the antagonist.
“It’s not a typical Dhanush film with a villain. I’ve always craved to do good roles and it didn’t matter whether I was playing the lead or not. This is a family drama with quintessential elements required to appeal to the masses,” he said.
Having starred in lead roles so far in Tamil and Telugu films such as “Inidhu Inidhua, “Katha” and “Weekend Love”, Adith is joining the big league with “Thanga Magan”.
He’s gung-ho and recalls working with Dhanush as great learning experience.
“Working with Dhanush is like being in an acting workshop. There’s so much to learn each day on the sets. He’s a quick worker and usually doesn’t like to delay shoot. It wasn’t easy to match his standards,” he said, adding that he’s also a workaholic.
“Dhanush likes to work and work. I’ve seen big actors taking a break from work to relax, but Dhanush is always working. When he’s not acting, he’s busy writing songs or doing something else. It’s always work on his mind,” he revealed.
Adith is also in awe of Dhanush’s popularity.
“We were shooting in Darjeeling a day after the Nepal earthquake. Despite the disaster, people were so excited to see Dhanush, and he was mobbed by thousands who showed up to watch the shooting,” he said.
The film, which also features K.S. Ravikumar, Radikaa Sarath Kumar and Satish, has music by Anirudh Ravichander.
“It was equally rewarding to work with veterans Ravikumar sir and Radikaa ma’am. When you do good work amongst them, it gets noticed even though I’m the youngest on the sets and least experienced,” he said.
Adith hopes “Thanga Magan” catapults him great heights in Tamil filmdom. He currently has two Telugu projects in his kitty.
Puri, Varun made ‘Loafer’ very memorable: Disha Patani
Actress Disha Patani, who is making her debut in Telugu actioner “Loafer”, credits director Puri Jagannadh and co-star Varun Tej for making her experience of working in the film and the industry memorable.
“I don’t know if my debut would’ve been this memorable had I chosen to work in another film. Thanks to Puri and Varun, I thoroughly enjoyed working in the film and at the same time, learnt a lot. My journey in this industry has begun on a very good note,” Disha, who hails from Nainital, told IANS.
Recalling how she bagged the role, she said: “Nearly two years ago, I had auditioned for one of Puri’s projects but I didn’t get the role as things didn’t work out. I never expected to be called again.”
However, destiny willed otherwise and she bagged the lead role in the film, which is slated to release in cinemas on Friday.
Disha plays a simple Hyderabadi girl in the film.
“It’s a wonderful role of a girl who gets to explore life when she meets a guy. Although I play an urban character, I’m connected to the roots and know where I come from”, she said, and added that it was absolutely fun working with her director.
“Puri is a fabulous director. Although he works extremely fast, he sure knows how to get what he wants from his actors. Even before we started shooting, he helped me understand the character so well that I could visualize it in my head.
“I enjoyed working with the team so much that it felt like I’ve been acting for many years. This was an amazing journey and it gave me an opportunity to explore myself,” she said.
Disha can’t stop raving about Varun.
“Varun is a very dedicated actor. He helped me so much whenever I got confused with my lines. He’d teach me patiently and wouldn’t stop until I got it right. We bonded over football.
“We used to play on most days after the shoot. I was told that southern actors are too grounded and Varun stands testimony to that,” said Disha, who aspired to be an Air Force pilot before entering films.
In “Loafer”, she also shared the screen space with veteran actress Revathy, whom she considers her acting idol.
The film was predominantly shot in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, and while the weather condition in these places was not favourable to shoot, Disha still enjoyed working.
“We shot in the summer and you could imagine how hot it could’ve been. But we were completely in awe of the beautiful locations. When we were shooting in an old fort, we had this opportunity to dance with Rajasthani folk dancers.
“We got to learn so much about Rajasthani culture. The whole experience was so beautiful,” recalls Disha, who currently has two projects in her kitty.
Chiranjeevi’s next will be Telugu remake of ‘Kaththi’
Megastar Chiranjeevi, who was last seen on the big screen in his son Ram Charan’s Telugu actioner “Bruce Lee: The Fighter” in a cameo earlier this year, is all set to star in the remake of Tamil blockbuster “Kaththi”.
“The project has been finally locked. It will be the official remake of ‘Kaththi’, and it will be directed by V.V. Vinayak,” a source close to Ram Charan, who will produce the film, told IANS.
The project will be Chiranjeevi’s 151st film and it will go on floors early this year. It will mark Ram Charan’s debut as a producer.
Originally helmed by A.R. Murugadoss, the film dealt with problems faced by farmers due to multi-national corporations.
The rest of the cast is being finalised.