Vijay Antony became a big star after his film Bichagadu last year. The film’s stupendous success took him to another level and now, his films are much in demand.
His upcoming film, Yaman, has a political backdrop. “It’s not connected to any particular state or political party. We created a story based on politics and it made sense to everyone,” says Vijay, who is all praise for Miryala Ravinder Reddy, the producer who bought the rights of the Telugu version. He adds that the script was written five years back.
Vijay Antony admits that the director first approached Vijay Sethupathi with the script. “But he (Sethupathi) was very busy and had no dates for the coming three years. I was free and so I accepted the role,” he says, frankly.
Interestingly, Vijay says that he is not a good actor. “I am not saying this to avoid criticism. I am not a good actor, but I select good stories. I am not worried about my personality on the screen. Good looks are not important as a good story makes you look good,” says Vijay, who also put on a little weight for this film.
Vijay’s film Bethaludu released after Bichagadu, but was not up to the expectations in Telugu. “It was a good hit in Tamil, but the Telugu promotions were not done well. That’s why I have decided to look after the promotions myself,” he says, adding, “I have decided to do a bilingual in Telugu and Tamil. If I am not able to shoot in Hyderabad or Andhra, I will take the technical unit to Chennai.”
Many producers are selling his film for high amounts of money post the success of Bichagadu. “Prior to Bichagadu, my position in real life was also the same. But after the film, my life changed just like in the climax of that film,” he says. “Initially, no one supported me as many thought I was crazy. I faced many problems when I wanted to release Bichagadu. But now, my films are getting good openings,” reveals the actor.
“Money is not important for me. I have struggled a lot in my earlier days and today, I have everything because of acting. People give me unconditional love and support, though they never directly interact with me. I have two daughters and have to take care of them. After that, I will do some charity,” shares the actor
Talking about the present political situation in Tamil Nadu, Vijay says that there is always confusion whenever a big leader is lost. “Jayalalithaa lived like a lion and was mentally very strong. It takes time to set everything right,” he says.
When asked if he would join politics in the future, the actor says, “I don’t want to say ‘no’, because I don’t know what I will do after five years. If I am bored with films, I may join politics.”...