Playing villain in Mahesh Babu’s Spyder is one off, won’t repeat: Bharath
Tamil actor Bharath, who will seen as one of the villains in AR Murudoss’ Spyder starring Mahesh Babu, says it is unlikely that he will play an antagonist again.Updated: Jul 31, 2017 12:13 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
When popular Tamil actor Bharath decided to play one of the baddies in Mahesh Babu’s spy thriller Spyder, it surprised many. He is known in Kollywood for his films like Kaadhal, Veyyil and Em Magan. The actor has now explained why he chose to do the film.
In an interview with Deccan Chronicle, the actor said that working with AR Murugadoss and Mahesh Babu while getting a toe-hold in the Telugu market are the main reasons why he chose to take on a negative role.
“I got roped into the film after 10 days of shoot. I got a call from ARM (AR Murugadoss) sir from Ahmedabad, who said they are looking out for a powerful villain for Mahesh Babu and he needs to be someone who is popular as well. Murugadoss sir completely explained the script and the character, leaving me thoroughly fascinated. And I thought it was the right opportunity to enter ARM’s school! Moreover, people know me in Telugu through my dubbed films like Premisthe. Making a direct entry in T’town with someone like Mahesh Babu will have a very big reach. Hence, I gave my nod instantly.”
This was the first time he got to work with Mahesh Babu and he just can’t get over the Telugu superstar. “Though I have met him a couple of times earlier, I have not gone up and close. Despite the stardom he enjoys, the kind of respect he gives to everyone is amazing. He neither overdoes or underplays his role.”
Spyder being a Tamil/Telugu bilingual, he took time to say his dialogues in Telugu as Bharath doesn’t speak the language. Mahesh, who is conversant in Tamil and Telugu, was very patient all along. “Since it is a bilingual in Tamil and Telugu film, each scene had to be shot in both languages. While Mahesh is fluent in Tamil, I could not speak Telugu. There were huge dialogues for me in Telugu, but he waited patiently for me to complete the scenes and that really helped me perform better.”
Reports suggest Sypder has some high octane action sequences. Elaborating on their Vietnam shoot, Bharath said, “It was a high octane stunt between me and Mahesh which was shot on a moving roller coaster for about 15 days. It appears at a crucial segment. All credit goes to Peter Hein and of course Santhosh Sivan sir who made it possible.”
Speaking about whether he would do a similar role, Bharath said, “Spyder will be one of the best action crime thrillers in Indian cinema and a big film in my career. If you ask me if I would continue to accept similar villain roles, my answer is ‘no’. I want to pursue my career as a hero only.”
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First Published: Jul 31, 2017 11:08 IST