Director Rajakumaran, in his interview with senior director cum actor Chithra Lakshmanan for his youtube channel “Touring Talkies”, opened up about his media journey till date and also about himself approaching both actors Vijay and Ajith to act in his first film “Nee Varuvai Ena” has grabbed the attention of the people. The filmmaker also revealed why it didn’t happen in the interview.
Rajakumaran shared his experience in the Kollywood film industry. The filmmaker who also appeared as a comedy actor in Santhanam’s “Vallavanuku Pullum Aayutham”, made a strong statement on Vikram’s acting ability.
After working as an assistant director to ace filmmaker Vikraman, Rajakumaran got launched through “Ne Varuvai Ena” a filmmaker. He directed Parthiban, Ajith Kumar, and Devayani in the film which became a huge success among the audience. He went on to direct Vikram, Devayani, Sarathkumar, Khushboo in a film titled “Vinnukum Mannukum” which got released in the year 2001.
Before debuting as a filmmaker, Rajakumaran worked as an assistant director in Vijay’s “Poove Unakkaga”. While debuting with “Nee Varuvai Ena”, Rajakumaran said that he narrated the story to Vijay first to do the role played by Ajithkumar.
“However, the way I narrated the story didn’t impress Vijay I think. I said that his role would be a fan of actor Kamal Haasan who chose to donate his eyes. While rewriting the role for Ajith, I changed it as a military man. After watching the film, Vijay felt that I narrated a different story and filmed a different one. I could have narrated properly” Rajakumaran said in the interview.
Talking about how he missed casting Vijay, Rajakumaran said that he asked Ajith to do the main lead role in the film instead of the cameo role and Vijay said that he only have limited dates through which he could only do the flashback role. The reason behind Ajith refusing to do the main lead role is, that the actor felt the character gets rejected by the female lead throughout the film and he didn’t want to do such a role.
“Mohan’s stardom started decreasing only after doing” Mouna Raagam” in which he did a role where the female lead kept rejecting him. I don’t want to do a similar role. Ask Vijay to do that role if he has guts,” said Ajith to Rajakumaran which made him go with Parthiban.