Actor Tarun Arora, who will play the main antagonist in Chiranjeevi-starrer Khaidi No 150, a remake of Tamil blockbuster Kaththi, says his role is loosely based on the renegade Indian businessman Vijay Mallya. In the Tamil original, Neil Nitin Mukesh played the role.
“I play a much mature and aged character vis-a-vis what Neil played in the original. The makers haven’t changed my character per se, but our take on it will be different. Going by the brief given to me, it’s on the lines of Vijay Mallya,” said Tarun, adding that he plays a sophisticated villain.
“You’ll only see me in suits throughout the film. Imagine Mallya in his prime and that’s exactly how I’m going to be portrayed,” he said.
Having already shot for a schedule, Tarun will rejoin the sets back on Wednesday, and he’s looking forward to share screen space with Chiranjeevi.
“In the first schedule, we had a small combination scene but it wasn’t enough to interact with him. Moreover, the rain played a spoilsport, forcing us to cancel one entire schedule. I haven’t really got to know him yet, so I’m looking forward to resume shooting, he said.
Being directed by VV Vinayak and produced by Ram Charan, the film also stars Kajal Aggarwal in the lead.
Tarun believes he couldn’t have asked for a better debut.
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“I feel lucky and blessed to be working alongside Chiranjeevi sir. This is the best Telugu debut and I consider it a sort of an achievement,” he said.
Asked about the working experience so far on the project, he said that it’s been “excellent”.
“Vinayak is very encouraging and so is the rest of the young team. Everything is being handled very professionally and that’s a relief,” he added.
Having made his southern debut with Tamil film Kanithan last year, Tarun currently awaits the release of Tamil comedy Kathi Sandai.