‘Appa appreciating my performance is the biggest credit I could get’

Actor-producer Arun Vijay in this interview with DT Next talks about Sinam that released on Friday. He also opens up about why he chose to produce the film that has a strong message and on donning the khaki once again.
Arun Vijay in 'Sinam'
Arun Vijay in 'Sinam'

CHENNAI: Arun Vijay’s Sinam that is also bankrolled by his home banner Movie Slides opened to positive reviews on Friday. “When I first listened to the script, I was quite convinced that I will be bankrolling the project as well as I didn’t want to miss making such a story. I then took the story to appa and he was convinced as well. Despite having quite a few projects on hand at that time, I agreed to do Sinam,” he begins.

The actor also says that it is the emotional connect that he was convinced with and adds, “The audience would be convinced too. Stories with emotional backdrop will strike a chord with people immediately. Beyond that, Sinam also is a strong whodunit thriller. The idea sparked in Kumaravel’s mind when he was having a chat with a retired writer from a police station. They were discussing peculiar cases and that is when he heard this story. In a way, the film is inspired by real-life incidents.”

Arun Vijay says that he puts himself into producers’ shoes whenever he listens to stories. “Not only Sinam, be it any story I listen to it from a producer’s perspective and analyse if it would work with the audience across centres. That is how an actor can also be a commercially viable star,” he clarifies.

Talking about his character in Sinam, he recalls films where he played a cop before. “Those were higher grade officers. In Sinam I play a sub-inspector. While dealing a case, it affects his family as well. As I said earlier, this is where the emotional part comes into play. Unlike my previous films, I have underplayed my role and have maintained a subtle act throughout. Apart from that things fell in place even as we designed the project. We wanted the best technical team for the film. Gopinath came on board as the cinematographer while Shabir’s songs for the film are already a hit. Palak has carried her role beautifully,” he adds.

Who better than his dad, veteran actor Vijayakumar could be a better critic for Sinam. Arun Vijay laughs, “Appa heard the story before and he liked it. What he liked after watching the film was the way I carried myself. He appreciated my performance and that is the biggest credit I could get,” he concludes.

Arun Vijay in 'Sinam'
The onus is on me to prove my versatility: Arun Vijay

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