You know, it hurts when people always express their discontent over the skills of heroes. Before getting into the topic of my latest movie, listen to my side of the story. I'm a professional actor who's been constantly criticised despite the fact that both Jayam and Dil saw ground-breaking, actually supernatural success.
To those who do not understand the hardships, let me tell you that acting is not all fun and games. It involves a lot of serious eating and napping too. Acting is a sort of activity that can make you real hungry after listening to 2 hours of, "NOOOO, no you idiot! I want some expression!" With so much blood and sweat gone into this movie, I'd like to take you through Sambaram myself.
The first few scenes showing me and the heroine as babies are really well done. Especially the scene when I grab her during my 'Annaprasam'. You'll see that this forms the base of the entire story. At this point
I'd like to ask the so called critics, what expressions do you see on those infants, huh? How come you're not complaining now, huh?
Anyway, after the initial few reels, the children have grown and so has my love for the heroine (Nikita). Brought up together, we're the best of friends sharing our deepest secrets. Nevertheless I don't tell her that I love her. I do try, but she wants a hubby who's got funds. All I got is a troop of monkeys as pals.
It takes half the movie to get this far and by now you've noticed that I've done total justice to my role. As a baby of a few months I was not very "expressive" and therefore as a fully grown also I'm no different. If you've still got to blame, put it on the child artist. Moreover, the setup being in the beautiful locales of a chilly hill station, it was hard to coordinate the muscle movements. This explanation was, of course, for the heroine. She's given me full cooperation in my endeavour. In fact I've realised that making movies is all teamwork. At times when one of us forgot the lines, there was no jeering from the fellow actors. They just got together as one and laughed out loud till the director had to shoot some of us, with guns.
Back to the movie, in the second half I realise my faults and do all I can to rectify them.
(So which acting school did you join?)
I choose to ignore that rude remark. As I was saying, I stop my wayward life in this half and start working as a mechanic and also as a caretaker of Nikita's hotel. Soon I get an offer to fly away to Dubai and I grab it with both hands. And with both hands does Nikita grab me in the airport realising her love for me in the end. Both of us put in extra efforts for the climax scene, and how it shows.
Talking of extra efforts, the director and the cameramen put in real efforts into this. You can see many slick directorial tricks and lotsa flashy camerawork throughout. Like the director's earlier Santosham, here too there's a family feel and some great lyrics. But it'll be unfair on my part to call this in the same league as that one. All I can say is that I've even grown a slight beard for this since they said it adds depth to the role.
(What about the role of the heroine then?)
Ignoring that, I want to conclude by asking you to love Sambaram. That lends depth. I think.