After ruling the Tamil industry for decades superstar Vikram finally is all set to unleash his magic upon the Hindi cinema audiences with Mani Ratnam’s Raavan co-starring Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan. He’s been quite quiet so far, however finally Vikram seems to be getting candid with the local media. Speaking to a leading tabloid he opened up about the film and the all that happened when the director said ‘cut’.
The most obvious questions journalists have been bothering him with is why the delay in debuting in Hindi cinema when he’s clearly been around for quite some time. “That’s because my work in the south has been time-consuming. All my Tamil films take one to two years. I like to take my time over my projects. I didn’t want to enter Hindi cinema until I was ready. The work in Mumbai is so exciting. When I saw Rang De Basanti, Lagaan, 3 Idiots and My Name Is Khan, I wanted to be part of them. I wish we could make films like that in Tamil…Most Tamil films are rustic, rural, rugged and violent. Many of them are set in Madurai, which is known to be an aggressive city.”
The actor couldn’t have been praising his co-star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan any more – he seemed to have been totally charmed by her professionalism and dare devilishness. “There are three main characters, me, Abhishek and Aishwarya. I’ve done a lot of tortuous sequences in the past, but this one takes the cake and the ache. And Aishwarya suffered all the wounds, pain, fever and insect bites heroically in the forests. For all the dangerous scenes she hardly ever used a duplicate. She was totally up to the task.” But that’s not all, it seems that Ash’s dancing also impressed Vikram which is truly a compliment to Aishwarya because we all know that the South industry is famous for its amazing dancers so no doubt Vikram has seen the best. “I always felt Madhuri Dixit was the best dancer ever. But then I saw how Aishwarya held her own in Devdas. I thought it was fantastic. It was really nice to see her dance. I just forgot my own steps and kept staring. Every hero from the south wants to work with her at some point in his career…I got my opportunity finally,” said the smitten actor.
Although he does does have his own injury-stories to share, “Bruises, wounds, sprained ankle…you name it. During the climactic fight I had a catch in my back. I couldn’t walk, let alone fight. I had my physiotherapist with me to relieve my muscle pain” said the 44 yr old actor who does not look his age one bit!
Of course the most exciting part for Vikram when working on Raavan was that he got an opportunity to