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I’m the best father: Chiyaan Vikram

Written By Chiyaan Vikram on Monday, July 11, 2011 | 1:39 PM

"I consider myself to be the bestfather in the world. I share a close bond with my children and audiences will see that translated on to the screen in my soon-to-be released flick Deiva Thirumagal ,” observed the hot actor Chiyaan Vikram at thefilm’s promotion meet.

The National Award-winning actor plays the role of Krishna, who has a developmental disorder and is the father of a six-year-old child.
The movie, directed by A.L. Vijay,centres around the close relationship between a mentally challenged father and his six-year-old daughter.

“I would say that Sweetie (that’s what he calls Anushka) or Amala Paul are not paired with me, although technically they are. I would say my real pair is with the child prodigy Sarah, who floored all of us withher effortless acting,” he grins.

When he’s asked why he hasn’t been able to match his mind-blowing onscreen chemistrywith Trisha in Saami with any other heroine, he laughs. “Do you think so? A lot of people said that my screen chemistry with Aishwarya Rai was much more alluring than with AbhishekBachchan in Raavan!” he quips with a mischievous twinkle.

The actor’s dedication and patience is renowned and so is his quest for quality while choosing a script.
He explains why he chose to do Deiva Thirumagal .

“I want to do challenging roles. There is no joy in your work unless you look for innovative attempts. When Vijay narrated the story to me, I saw that it was more than an entertaining film, I could glimpse the larger message in it. As an actor, I havea responsibility to society to project that message through my film.”

Talking about his preparation forthe role he said, “Krishna is not a fantasy character. He is suffering from a mental disorder.So, I visited a few homes for thementally challenged, like Vidya Sagar and Vidya Sudha, for a month. I watched their body language and took a lot of notes. I also communicated with them, since such special children generally have impaired speech and I wanted to pick up the nuances. My wife Shailaja, who isa psychologist by profession, helped me with tips.”

The Pithamagan star reveals that he was touched by the censor board’s gesture when they sent him a bouquet after watching the movie. “I heard that it was the first time members of the board had sent a bouquet to a lead actor appreciating his work. I was really honoured.”

The actor vouches for the fact that Deiva Thirumagal , presentedby UTV on a large scale, will be abenchmark film for future filmmakers.“It is not an art film, as misconstrued by many. It has theright mix of humour, sentiment, romance, good music by G.V. Prakash, excellent visuals by Nirav Shah. It is a true commercial film which has been handled in a realistic way by Vijay.”

Vikram doesn’t seem to be too keen on pursuing a Bollywood career.He reasons, “I’m grateful to ManiRatnam who launched me in Hindi.Though I got several offers in Hindi post-Raavan, my interest lies in Tamil cinema.”Vikram who shed 15 kilos for Deiva Thirumagal has piled on the weight again for his next, Raja Paatai with Suseendhran, where he portrays a gym instructor.

“I took a break and went to Scotland for a holiday. I gorged on all sorts of spicy and fatty foods to add these kilos,” he shows his bulky arms.

He will also be seen in a socio-fantasy film, Karikalan and has signed yet another movie with Vijay.

Source : Deccan Chronicle
Dated : July 11,2011

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