Gang Leader, which is promoted as ‘Nani’s Gang Leader’, will soon hit the theatres. And claiming the film to be an emotional roller coaster of fun, Nani is quietly confident about the Vikram Kumar directorial.
He recalls how Vikram had told him about this film when he was still shooting for Jersey. “Vikram is full of ideas and I had loved this one when he’d narrated this one to me,” says Nani.
But given that Vikram’s films usually have a complicated screenplay, we wonder if this one’s shaped up so too. “This is a less complicated film of Vikram even though there are twists and turns. In a way, this film might fall into a different genre as compared to the ones he’s usually made,” clarifies Nani.
Tackling disgruntled critiques
Talking of Jersey, we recall many had called an average grosser, not matching up to the expectations. Was Nani happy with Jersey’s results?
“I was extremely happy about it. The film broke every rule in the handbook of commercial film-making. The film has a 36-year-old cricketer as the protagonist, has a tragic climax and is devoid of violence, sex or any of the typical commercial film formula. Despite that, it collected Rs 30 crore theatrically and is going to be remade in several languages. How does that get termed a flop? In fact, when Middle Class Abbayi had garnered huge box office collections, people wanted to know when I’d do a ‘good film’. When I did Jersey, they began complaining about it not crossing Middle Class Abbayi’s collections even though they agreed it was that ‘good film’. So, honestly, I don’t know how to respond to these critiques,” he says.
Bollywood and bilingual indifferences
His critique of the critics aside, the unconventional actor also confessed of not being interested in the latest trend of bilinguals. “I don’t really care about bilingual films just for the sake of revenue collections. Moreover, from my earlier films, I’ve learnt how difficult it’s to do a bilingual. So for the moment, I am not thinking of a bilingual. But if an extremely good script comes by, which works for two languages, I’ll think about it then,” says Nani, who has apparently committed to working on a film called V next. How about Bollywood then, we ask. “No, I don’t want to go to Bollywood. I am not fit for that industry and if I go, they will send me back. I am happy here,” he says, signing off with a chuckle.