We all know Karthi is thrilled about playing the role of a fighter pilot in the upcoming Kaatru Veliyidai. But if you wondered just how much he enjoyed the experience... this is the evidence — the actor has decided to actually learn to fly!
“The movie’s about the life of a fighter pilot, and it’s an intense love story. Now let me tell you, where I come from, there is very little knowledge and awareness of the armed forces. I had little idea about the kind of lives fighter pilots lead, and about the risks they take and the sacrifices they make.”
This is when Karthi began to meet fighter pilots. “I began to know about their lives, their families, the way they think. What it’s like to be up there in the sky… Mani Sir’s film has liberated me in ways that I had never imagined,” he recalls.
Now the actor knows the inside of fighter planes! “I don’t know how to fly yet. But I want to continue my exploration of aviation. I learnt how to ride a horse for my last film Kaashmora and I continue to learn riding. There are four aviation schools in Chennai and I may learn to fly properly soon!”
Coming back to the film, does he have any fear of the ‘Baahubali factor’? Laughs Karthi, “Luckily it comes three weeks after us, so we’re safe. I think Mani sir has his own audience, They will see our film regardless of Baahubali.”