Shankar didn’t want me for 2.0: Sarathkumar

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Sep 10, 2016, 2:19 am IST
Updated Sep 10, 2016, 8:41 am IST
Sarathkumar has bounced back with renewed vigour in tinsel town.
Sarathkumar
 Sarathkumar

Sarathkumar, who was on a brief sabbatical from films due to his political commitments, has bounced back with renewed vigour in tinsel town. The actor has signed a movie titled Adangathey, which has GV Prakash Kumar as the protagonist. He essays a crucial role — the story of the film will be revolving around him. DC caught up with the Naattamai star, who was sporting a new look for this film directed by Shanmugam Muthuswamy, a former associate of ace director-actor Manivannan.

“People ask me if my cinema career has taken a backseat. It has not! My profession is acting. Ups and downs are common for anyone. I was waiting for the right script as my re-launch pad in K’town. However, I was busy doing Kannada films. Shanmugam’s script fascinated me and I gladly gave my nod for the film,” Sarath asserts. On his role, he says, “Adangathey is a comedy thriller. GV Prakash and I are friends, and when manipulation happens in a friendship, hell breaks lose. How they deal with it, forms the rest of the movie. I can’t reveal much about my character now, except that the director wanted a certain look which I am donning now.” (smiles)

 

The excited actor also adds that he is open to villainous roles as well, provided it is a driving force in the film. “If the story demands Sarath as a baddie, I would definitely consider it — like Arvind Swamy’s role in Thani Oruvan was. He was portrayed as a likeable bad guy and he was not apologetic about his role. In my Kannada flick Rajakumara, I play a negative character as well. The director said that it was a tailor-made role for me.”

Recalling how Rajinikanth asked him to be the antagonist in the upcoming sequel 2.0, he said, “One day Rajini sir called me and asked if I would be interested to don the role of an antagonist in the sci-fi flick 2.0. I was very happy! But then Shankar told me that they are approaching someone else, keeping in mind the international appeal of the movie. He also said that we would work together next time.”

Sequels are also Sarath’s forte — talks are on for follow-ups to his movies like Aei and Arasu. Asked if his son Rahul would enter cinema, he promptly replies, “He plays cricket and football well. He dances well too! He wants to become a rocket scientist. He is an independent and thinking person, and we have given him the kind of freedom to choose his future,” he signs off.

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