Interview: Arvind Swamy

Posted on May 7, 2018

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Arvind Swamy recalls his Thalapathy audition, and how he was not nervous to act with Rajinikanth and Mammootty. He talks about reuniting with Mani Ratnam in Chekka Chivandha Vaanam, and goes on a flashback to the Roja/Bombay days. He talks about how his approach to acting has changed — how he gives inputs to a film today, something that started with Mohan Raja’s Thani Oruvan.

He talks about his films in Telugu (Mounam ) and Hindi (Saat Rang Ke Sapne) — and also Dear Dad, where he had apprehensions playing a gay character. He talks about working with Sridevi in Bharathan’s Devaragam. (“I was in awe of her ability to transform.”) He talks about acting in a hard-core commercial film like Thalattu.

He says he hates repeating roles, like he did in Thani Oruvan’s Telugu remake, Dhruva. Her talks about working with a new-gen director like Karthick Naren in Naragasooran. He says he will direct a film soon, and he has it all in his head. Finally, he speaks of his experiences with Mani Ratnam, Balu Mahendra, Mahendran, Bharathan, Rajiv Menon and Priyadarshan.

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