R Madhavan, who has won acclaim for films in Hindi, Tamil and various other languages, is excited about his upcoming release — Tanu Weds Manu Returns. A sequel to the hit, Tanu Weds Manu (2011), it will see the actor team up with co-star Kangana Ranaut once again.
With Kangana essaying a double role in the film, and also grabbing attention in the trailers, Madhavan is quick to admit that the spotlight is, indeed, on her. “Am I insecure about the film? Yes. Am I jealous of Kangana? Yes I am. Do I believe she has a higher stake in the film? Yes, of course. Does the fact that she is playing a double role unnerve me? Yes it does. Did I go and tell Aanand (L Rai; director), ‘Why are you making her the hero of the film?’ Yes, I did. And despite all this, I told myself that I would do the movie and find my space under the sun,” he says, clearly mincing no words.
He adds, “What kind of an actor would I be if I get insecure about these things? You have to be inspirational for the generation to come. I’m a selfless, confident actor.”
Ask Madhavan if he feels that directors should cast him more often, and he explains, “People like Aanand, Mani Ratnam, Rajkumar Hirani and me are in a position where we don’t need to make films with someone on the basis of our friendship. For instance, I was extremely jealous of Dhanush when Aanand cast him in Raanjhanaa (2013), but I knew I wouldn’t have suited the role. We need such healthy competition.”