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No more hackneyed plots for Maddy

Madhavan has just completed his first English film, Nothing But Life. 'I want to be a complete actor'

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 15:11 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Actor R Madhavan, whose first English language film Nothing But Life is complete, says he doesn't want to be part of hackneyed plots any more.

"I have almost completed my first English-language film. Nothing But Life, directed by Rajiv Anchal, was shot in Mexico. It is the story of two people battling for their lives in the emergency unit of a hospital. We plan to take it to international festivals before releasing it in India," Madhavan said.

"Again, like Rang De Basanti, it is a film that takes risks with audiences' tastes, pre-empts trends and bends the rules. I am at a juncture in my career where I no longer want to do run-of-the-mill roles. Even my new Tamil film, Thambi, is a crusader's fight for justice. But we have avoided violence as much as possible.

"In one sequence where we needed to show blood on screen, we changed the colour scheme to a sepia tone. Somehow blood in colour looks really frightening. I don't want to be part of anything that glamorises violence."

So impressed was the south censor board by director Seeman's violent treatise on non-violence that they passed the film with a 'U certificate'.

Thambi opened with a record 120 prints across Tamil Nadu.

"I have never had such a wide release before. Can you believe it? Thambi is an action film. And it's suited for children. I think we need to make films that reflect reality without losing a hold on basic aesthetic and moral values.

"Rang De Basanti does just that. I am so happy to be part of a film that has grown into a cult work in just weeks. I'd go as far as to say Rang De Basanti is the most important film of my career."

First Published: Apr 28, 2006 15:08 IST

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