Vinu Mohan had a great launch in M’Town with Lohitadas’ Nivedyam. One can call it a lucky coincidence, that his second coming to tinsel town, after two years, was with another big director Lal Jose.
Vinu says that his role in Nee-Na gave him an unexpected second start in his acting career. “There was a year’s gap after my last movie. I was offered somewhat similar roles like the one in Nivedyam, hence I decided not to do any of them. Thus a break came in between and I was into other film related activities. As I was thinking of re-starting my acting career, at the exact moment I got a call from Lal Jose.”
Talking about how he got the role of Sunnykutty in Nee-Na, Vinu says, “Whenever I have my portfolio photographs shot, I used to send them to Lal Jose and Major Ravi to get their opinions. While other directors sent me their views, Lal Jose always kept quiet. I have started a production house and we are working on a Tamil film. I was going to Chennai for this, when he called me and asked if I would do the role. I agreed and Sunnykutty, an alcoholic, become one of my favourite roles. The duration of the character is short, but it has a good placement in the movie. Even the appearance and costume are different.”
Vinu says, “Prior to the release of Nee-Na, I got many negative comments on Facebook about the role. But the same people are now appreciating me for my performance. As an actor you feel accomplished and it is the most prized moment. I am happy that the audience loves my character.”
He had his own reasons for staying away from the limelight for a while. “Initially, I wanted to get the experience that was why I kept on doing films. After my father’s death, I had to take care of many responsibilities. Then my marriage happened. The break was a little long, I even started putting on weight. I stopped giving interviews and made myself totally invisible. But now the break is over.”
He is all set to be active in films with his second coming. “I am hoping to do good films. Apart from that, our baby project — the production house — is shaping up. We have also started a cricket club for young actors called C3 Cricket Club and I will be concentrating on that too.”