Like how sporting khaki is a dream for any hero, playing a gangster at least in one film in their career is a wish for many. Now, teaming up with SR Prabhakaran, who made heads turn with his debut Sundarapandian (which was also a rural gangster movie), Vikram Prabhu takes an action avatar for the film Sathriyan. Prabhakaran talks to DC, about his film (produced by Sathya Jyothi Films) being different from other movies and on his lead pair Vikram Prabhu and Manjima Mohan.
“It is not like the usual cinematic gangster movies that you come across in Tamil cinema. This is a realistic narration of a gangster’s lifestyle. You will never see the hero Vikram Prabhu onscreen, but only the character Guna. Vikram has done action and stunts which are believable,” Prabhakaran claims.
On choosing Manjima Mohan, he says, “I watched her Malayalam film, Oru Vadakkan Selfie, and I felt she suited the role of Niranjana, a girl from Tiruchy. I didn’t know that she was already part of a Tamil film (Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada) when I met her for narration.”
The director reveals that as soon as his first film, Sundarapandian became a huge success; he had the opportunity to direct one of the leading stars. “I wanted to create an identity of my own. I know, with just one film, it is not possible. I really want to make a dozen impactful films to stabilise myself. But, I feared that I would get lost if I go behind a big actor and hence turned down the offer.”
He says Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is the biggest asset for the film. “If I explain the situation, Yuvan takes it to a different level with his intense compositions. More than the songs which are receiving good response, his background score will have a lasting impression.”