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Vijay Sethupathi on his Maharaja clashing with Junaid Khan’s Maharaj, “I wish him all the best”

en Bollywood News Vijay Sethupathi on his Maharaja clashing with Junaid Khan’s Maharaj, “I wish him all the best”

The extraordinary Tamil-Telugu-Hindi actor Vijay Sethupathi has a major release coming up this week. It is titled Maharaja. Coincidentally, Aamir Khan’s son Junaid’s debut film is titled Maharaj, and it is releasing on same day as Vijay’s Maharaja.

Vijay Sethupathi on his Maharaja clashing with Junaid Khan’s Maharaj, “I wish him all the best”

Vijay Sethupathi on his Maharaja clashing with Junaid Khan’s Maharaj, “I wish him all the best”

“Oh, is it?” says VS when I pin him down for an interview. “I wish him all the best. I’ve just been running from one city to another promoting Maharaja. It is my first really massy film in a long time. And we are doing it in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, the Hindi version may release a week after the others version. This is what the producer told me,” he said.

VS reveals there was actually another Hindi film that he was going to do. “Coincidentally, Anurag Kashyap who is my co-star in Maharaja was to produce that film. Vasan Bala was to direct. It never happened. Then I wanted to do a Hindi remake of a Tamil film Good Night with me in the lead. But the producer didn’t find it exciting in Hindi,” revealed Sethupathi.
VS is in constant search of scripts that challenge him. “I wouldn’t say it’s tough to find challenging roles,” he said. “It is tough to ensure it turns out well. Many times, the script falters in the direction. There is no guarantee of a film turning out as well on screen as it sounds on the script level. Actually, there is no guarantee of anything in life. When Nithilan Swaminathan narrated it to me, I immediately connected with my character. How? It’s just an instinct. Most of the time my gut feeling pays off. This time I felt an instant relatability with my character. I know what it is to want to protect one’s family.”

The actor-extraordinaire is not willing to reveal much about Maharaja. “It is a revenge story with lots of emotions. Anurag Kashyap plays the antagonist. We have always shared a mutual respect. When I was in Mumbai, he showed me his film Kennedy. I liked working with him. He is an interesting co-star,” he said.

VS says he places the script above all, including the director. “I don’t choose directors. I choose scripts. The director could be someone who has not had any experience. I don’t mind working with debutant directors if their script excites me,” he added.

Vijay recently made a relevant statement about not working with the heroine Anushka Shetty as she was almost his son’s age. He is not kicked by the attention given to what he says was a casual observation. “Why is this such a talking point? I wasn’t saying anything controversial. It was twisted out of context. What I meant was, I felt awkward pairing with her on screen because previously she had played my daughter in a film. She even calls me Dad in real life. So that was a problem. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter what my heroine’s age is. It is all acting,” he said.

Would he agree that there is a tradition in Tamil and Telugu cinema of superstars working with actresses half their age, and more? VS begs off saying, “Sir, please don’t turn this interview into a controversy. We will speak about that some other time. Right now, I am focussed entirely on Maharaja. It is a very crowd-friendly film. I get to play the truest hero possible: a man who would go to any lengths to protect his family.”

Wasn’t he tempted to play the antagonist? “Not at all. I have played the villain in some of my recent films. My fans did not like it. Neither did I,” said the actor.

Also Read: Vishwa Hindu Parishad raises objections over Junaid Khan’s debut film Maharaj; demands a screening before its release on June 14 on Netflix

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