Madhavan who was in Kashmir for Sikander insists all’s well in the valley
What was it like shooting in Kashmir?
My first film with Mani Ratnam was filmed in the valley. I hadn’t been back since. So, Sikander was a nostalgic trip. I’ve been to Switzerland and New Zealand but they are no match for Kashmir. We were shooting in Ladakh. I was breathless from lack of oxygen and yet exhilarated and stunned by the beauty of the place. There was also an overwhelming sadness that something so lovely has been lost to us for so long.
Would you recommend it for other movie shoots?
For sure! I was there for 30 days and I didn’t face any problem. The locals were also trying hard to convince us that all’s well. They would touch us, hug us and try to connect with the world through us.
Would you return there as a producer?
You need a different mindset to be a producer and for now, I’d rather concentrate on acting. Evano Oruvan was a one off experience.
Seems you once wanted to join the army?
The air force actually. I even went in for training and it was a different experience altogether. When these guys fly out, they don’t know if they’ll return. Fortunately, all my friends who’ve been in action are well, even those who fought on Tiger Hill. I can only wear a uniform on screen and experience the thrill vicariously.
Buzz is that a sequel of 13B is in the cards?
Hopefully by the year end, something will work out. We not only have to match up to the original but surpass it. While shooting, a lot of uncanny things revolving around the number had occurred. But today, I’d say that 13 is my lucky number.
How’s 3 Idiots progressing?
Great but I can’t talk about it now, there’s a specific media plan.
Ask the producer, I’m clueless about that one.
And Teen Patti.. apparently the schedule in London went for a six and left Amitabh Bachchan fuming?
I shot with Mr Bachchan and Sir Ben Kingsley for two days in London and we wrapped up on schedule. I have a treasured photograph with the two legends. I was so nervous but not so nervous that I had to give retakes.
After Guru, were you offered Raavan?
No, Mani sir will only come to me with an exceptional role. I’m waiting.
Your ads with Vidya Balan are such a hit. When will we see you in another film?
It’s not easy to translate 10-seconds of chemistry in an ad into a three-hour movie. So we need a good script like Guru. We were close to doing another film but things didn’t work out. But there’s a rom com, Tanu Weds Manu, with Kangana Ranaut. I’m looking forward to it.
Now that everyone from Salman Khan to Shah Rukh Khan is doing TV, will you return to the medium too?
Let me become a top movie star first, I’m not that big yet.
Is your son Vedant following in your footsteps?
He turned four just last week. Right now, he’s falling in my footsteps.