After Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya (KLTA), the trio of Santhanam-Vishakha-Sethu will be seen in the laughter riot Valeba Raja, directed by Sai Gokul Ramnath. Touted to be India’s first psychological-comedy, the film has an ensemble cast including Nushrat Bharucha, (the Pyar Ka Panchnama girl, in her first Tamil film), VTV Ganesh, Jayaprakash and Subbu Panchu. Speaking about Valeba Raja, Gokul says that his film would cater to all types of audiences irrespective of their age. He firmly believes that comedy should appeal to everybody.
“Usually, our films have slapstick humour and are targeted at a certain section of the audience. Comedy usually is a separate track while the main story runs on another track. But Valeba Raja has it in one and will simultaneously entertain 16-year-olds, 30-year-olds and sixty plus people. This is a complete family entertainer with all the important elements in the right dose. With two heroines, the film has a twist in its tale,” Gokul tells us. Speaking about Sethu, who was last seen in KLTA, Gokul says, he underwent a makeover for Valeba Raja. “Sethu plays a graphic designer, an urban character. He shed around 10 kg for this role. We have taken a lot of care about everybody’s look in the film so his or her costumes reflect a modern style,” he adds.
Heaping praise on Santhanam, Gokul says he’s a delight to work with. “You should allow your actors to do what they want and you should extract the best from them by letting them be themselves. You know where to draw the line, and where to keep them in their comfort zone. Everybody internalised the story so well that the audience will enjoy the experience,” he smiles. “Santhanam plays a well-read psychiatrist in the film. He sees only one patient a day and makes sure their problems are solved. In previous movies he has been seen playing a foil to the hero, pulling their legs with jokes. But in this film you will see a different Santhanam in look and character. The team is attuned to his comic timing,” Gokul says.
Since most of the actors who starred in KLTA also play a part in Valeba Raja, how different would this film be? “KLTA had a rural touch, but this will be a modern film with a fresh approach. Just that the audience being familiar with the trio, they can connect much better with them onscreen,” he signs off....