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I've always wanted to do different grey characters : Vikram on Shankar's 'I'

Published Dec 30, 2014, 3:09 am IST
Updated Mar 30, 2019, 4:01 am IST
'Robot' director Shankar's 'I' is one of the most awaited films of 2015

Mumbai: The cast and crew of the highly anticipated film 'I' flew down to the city to launch the Hindi audio of the film today. The film's director Shankar was accompanied by actor Vikram , A R Rahman and P.C Sreeram. The film's leading lady amy Jackson gave the audio launch a miss.

The event was initially believed to be a special 30 min exclusive preview of the film, however there seemed to be some miscommunication between the films publicist in Mumbai and Chennai. And no such 30 min preview was screened. Nikkil Murugan, the films publicist tweeted earlier in the day , "Aascar prod Shankar dir Vikram,Amy * ing Pc cam AAR musical 'I' Audio launch today  in Mumbai & Telugu Tom in Hyd . On the way with the team.(sic)" 
After the films trailer and three songs  Pookale, Ennodu Nee Irunthaal and Mersalayiten were screened in Hindi the cast and crew took to the stage to answer questions from the media.  Director Shankar revealed that he had discussed a scratch of the film with music director A R Rahman 15 years ago.  
"I got the Idea  of the story of 'I' as a scratch 15 years ago. It was just a scratch that I developed in a good way within three years while making the film," said the director. The trailer has been received very well by the audience and has over 5 million views on YouTube. Even the industries' infamous Ram Gopal Varma was all praises for Shankar.  On hearing this Shankar said, "I am happy that RGV liked the trailer, but I don't have any opinions about his comments." 
It was rumoured that Aamir Khan has been cast in the sequel of 'Robot'. Neither confirming nor denying anything, Shankar cleverly dodged the question saying "Let this film release first."
Vikram who has gone through rigorous prep and training for the various roles in the film revealed that it took him 3 years to achieve his Greek god body.
He said that each of his three roles in the film demanded something very different from the other. He even dropped 25 kgs to play the role of a model in the film. Contrary to popular belief, Vikram said the diet and exercise were the most easiest parts of the process. What was difficult was his friend's and relative's reaction to his drastic weight loss.
The actor considers it a blessing to play not just one but three out-of-the-box roles in one film . He says, " I grew up doing plays in school. I've always wanted to do different grey characters. When my teachers asked me to play Julius Caesar, I wanted to play Brutus." 
If given a chance to recreate any Bollywood role, Vikram revealed that he would love to play Gabbar Singh played by Amjad Khan in 'Sholay'. A R Rahman has once again worked his magic in the film. It took him just one week to compose the music, after getting the brief. The maestro says 2014 has been one of the happiest years of his life, as he's worked on 12 different films including three Hollywood films. When asked about his recent decision to try his hand at direction, Rahman said , "No directing, I am currently scripting a film, which I will also be co-producing." 
After having a look at the brilliantly conceptualised song sequences, we can't wait to see what the final product looks like. The film is scheduled to release next year in January. 
Watch the trailer here: