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I Never Did Homework, Even In School – 'KAVAN' Vijay Sethupathi

Hero VIJAY SETHUPATHI’s next release Kavan, is just round the corner. Directed by KV Anand, the film is already creating a buzz thanks to the coming together of the duo. As we catch up with the film’s hero, we get a glimpse of how he crafts the various characters he plays. Be it a cop, a robber, a gangster, lover or villager, Vijay Sethupathi fits seamlessly into every role he plays. From a salt and pepper bearded, paunchy character to a slim and trim cop, he just slips under their skin seemingly effortlessly. How does the actor get into character so flawlessly, lending such realism to his performances? Does he prepare well in advance? “I don’t believe in homework. I never did even in school,” laughs Vijay Sethupathi, describing his thought process. “The characters I play have different professions, like lawyer, police etc. But that is just their job. It’s not who they are as people. I just understand the mindset of the people they are behind the profession and once I get that right, the body language automatically comes through. I merely synch their real personality with the profession they follow and the natural dialogue delivery and attitude of the character just flows through.” Director KV Anand has said that he chose Sethupathi for Kavan, as he was the best actor who could fit into the common man’s shoes. The way the masses identify with Sethupathi when he plays one of them, is proof of the credibility of Anand’s belief. But with the rising popularity of the actor, will the star in him take over the actor any time in the future? “I believe that a healthy balance is needed in everything. Right now, I am going with the flow and doing the roles that appeal to me. In the future, anything can happen. If there is necessity to explore the star within me, I will take that option when required and if the script demands,” says Sethupathi.

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I Never Did Homework, Even In School – 'KAVAN' Vijay Sethupathi

The actor has shared the screen with the legendary T Rajendran in Kavan. The coming together of the duo is bound to be a high point in the film. How did he find the experience? Says Sethupathi, “T R sir is a miracle performer. I thoroughly enjoyed just watching him perform. He is such a perfectionist and believes in improvising and improving on each shot. He will give a shot and then offer 20 different variations of the same in one go, leaving the director spoilt for choice! He brings with him a sea of knowledge and delivers shots with spontaneity. I especially enjoyed watching up close his famed Tamil dialogue deliveries.