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In Irumbu Thirai, Vishal was more interested in playing the baddie: Mithran

Mithran went on to reveal that he had originally planned to cast some other hero if Vishal agrees to produce Irumbu Thirai.

regional movies Updated: Dec 17, 2017 16:51 IST
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Haricharan Pudipeddi
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Irumbu Thirai,Vishal,Samantha Akkineni
Irumbu Thirai stars Vishal and Samantha Akkineni.

After scoring a hit with Mysskin’s Thupparivaalan, Vishal is gearing up for the release of action-thriller Irumbu Thirai, in which he plays a military officer. The film, which is gearing up for release for Pongal 2018, also stars Action King Arjun in the role of antagonist. Apparently, when Vishal heard the script and he was so impressed with it that he was keener on playing the baddie. “Vishal wanted to do the villain role in Irumbu Thirai when I pitched the subject to him to produce it under his banner. He was so impressed with the plot that he not only agreed to bankroll it, but also opted to do the powerful baddie character,” the film’s director Mithran told Deccan Chronicle.

Mithran went on to reveal that he had originally planned to cast some other hero if Vishal agrees to produce the film. “But it went otherwise (laughs). He loved the villain role and evinced interest to portray it. Then I had to convince him that he does the lead protagonist and made changes accordingly. The film has a military backdrop and from an ordinary man’s character, I made Vishal’s role a military man.” Samantha Akkineni plays Vishal’s pair in the film, which has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Heaping praise on Vishal, the director said: “He gave me a lot of freedom and without hesitation he was providing me the kind of things I wanted during its making. It is he who suggested that we cast big actors and also rope in big technicians. He was more concerned about the outcome.”

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First Published: Dec 17, 2017 16:51 IST