Tik Tik Tik actor Jayam Ravi: Nobody believed we could pull off a space film
The bigger challenge for us was to script a movie like this in the first place. It needed a lot of vision and clarity. I could foresee the result when I read the script , said Jayam Ravi.regional movies Updated: Jan 05, 2018 19:24 IST
After playing a tribal character in Vanamagan, Jayam Ravi will be seen as a magician cum escape artist in Shakti Soundar Rajan’s Tik Tik Tik, touted to be India’s first space film. Always interested in doing roles that are considered slightly offbeat and against the grain, Ravi said nobody believed him when he said he was going to do a space film. In a media interaction in Chennai on Thursday, he said: “When I told some well-wishers and friends that I was going to do a space film, nobody believed in me or in the project. They looked down upon the idea itself. The bigger challenge for us was to script a movie like this in the first place. It needed a lot of vision and clarity. I could foresee the result when I read the script but nobody believed in us expect our producer Jhabak. But I was quite confident because audiences and media have always supported whenever I attempted something different. Even though the execution was very strenuous, we were thrilled with the output which was beyond our satisfaction. It’ll be a milestone in my career and in Tamil cinema.”
The film marks the second time collaboration of Shakti and Ravi, who had previously worked in buddy cop thriller Naaigal Jaakirathai, which featured a German Shepherd in the titular role. “We could even attempt an ambitious project such as this only because of the faith Ravi and producer Jhabak had in me. Usually, space films are not attempted because it calls for lot of collaborative effort and as a genre it’s considered very problematic. We’ve successfully overcome such challenges and produced a film which will make everyone proud,” Shakti said, and heaped praise on the VFX company Ajax, calling them the hidden heroes of the film. “When we decided to make the film, the biggest question that people had in mind was about Computer Graphics (CG) and how it’d look in the final output. All the CG work was done by a Chennai-based company. After watching the trailer, a lot people from various parts of the country called to enquire about the CG work and who was behind it.” Shakti confirmed the film will hit the screens on January 26.
Tik Tik Tik happens to be composer D. Imman’s 100th film. Congratulating him on the rare feat, Ravi said that he should reach the 500 films milestone soon. “I didn’t say you should do 1000 films because I don’t want you to compromise on the quality over quantity. In a zombie film like Miruthan, he created situations for two wonderful tracks to be included. If direction is visual screenplay, I believe music is audio screenplay and Imman has mastered the art. His work is exemplary in Tik Tik Tik and I’m sure audiences are going to love the experience when they watch the film in theatres.”
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