I didn’t embark on this project because I wanted to make a movie in time travel genre. I wanted to see my late mom and to cherish memories from the past one needs to travel back in time. That is how Kanam began. More than time travel, the film will have a strong emotional connect to it. I wrote this script five years ago. There are a few films now on time travel on OTT and those that released in theatres as well. Though we were a little conscious, we are fortunate that Kanam isn’t similar to any of the films on time travel that released before.
When I ensured that my comeback in Tamil should be a script that is close to my heart. Once I heard the story I realised that it is one of the best scripts I have heard in the last few years. I love my mother and when he told me about the detailing that went into etching the characters, it is not only about my role in the film. It is a story of each of us, who are a part of this film. When every character has a story to tell you, that is how a good film is born. Kanam will ace the list.
For a change, I haven’t played a comedian in Kanam. I have played a neat character role in the film that will be relatable to the 90s kids. Vennela Kishore has played my character in the Telugu version. For this role, I went with a blank mind to the sets and went by Karthick’s vision. This is a film where you wouldn’t see me cracking jokes and laughing with the hero. The script was detailed such that it said that I should be laughing only during the climax. It was good fun working with this team.
Kanam was intially only a Tamil film. There are a few performance-oriented scenes and for a good script to convert to a good film so we went all out. The script has everything in it and we needed actors like Amala Akkineni, Sharwanand, Sathish and Ramesh Thilak to it. Also, the story cannot be made under a small-budget. Everything fell in place for the film. I also liked the script when I heard it as an audience.
Karthick had the faith in me when he wrote the character. I believe in taking up one project at a time as I don’t believe in taking a lot of pressure. I did Kanam because it came across as an interesting script to me. It is one of the very few good scripts I have heard in the recent past and agreed to be a part of it.