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Testing new waters

TV actor-anchor Vijay Adhiraj is all set to turn film producer

Photo: T. Singaravelou

FORAY INTO FILM PRODUCTION Vijay Adhiraj

As he crosses the road to get into the salon for a make over, we spot him. Actor Vijay Adhiraj, who is at present playing the male lead in the Tamil teleserial “Lakshmi”, is in Puducherry for a live talk show on a private TV channel.

He speaks to MetroPlus about his foray into film production. His wife Rashna and daughters, Laya and Lasya, are there too.

Simple plot

“The latest news as far as I am concerned is I am producing a Kannada film with my friend Ravichandran and Sangeeth Sivan. It’s a remake of the Telugu film, “Anukokonda Oka Roju” (An unexpected day). The plot is simple. I like it very much because it’s a thriller that has been treated in a comic manner. It’s about a girl who goes to a party and misses a day in her life. She goes to a party on a Friday and wakes up on a Sunday. I have taken some creative liberties with the Telugu version and have changed the climax. We start work by July,” says the actor.

One role at a time

Vijay also has the rights for the Tamil version. But don’t expect him to be seen in his film, for he believes in donning one role at a time. He says, “I know my limits. I have decided that be it a film production or a serial, I won’t act in it. I prefer to be a technician. I just finished producing my first serial, “Meendum Oru Kaadhal Kadhai”, which is about college reunion. It is for “Ettarai Manikku Enna Paarkalaam” on Vijay TV, where the gauntlet has been thrown to six directors to make four episodes of a story. The audience will decide which one can be made into a megaserial.”

He says, “I am getting into production with a vengeance since Tamil film producers are not willing to give good TV actors a chance. They say the serial image sticks on and spills over to the silver screen. All over the country, there is a sea change in the attitude of film-makers. Many film directors and actors have, in fact, worked in tele-serials. Even Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films are welcoming TV stars. In fact, there you can see film stars acting in serials for a change.”

But the actor, who has done over 48 soaps including 10 mega serials in 14 years now, says he does not miss cinema.

“There are actors, who switch from television to cinema and prefer to continue with serials as serials have been their bread and butter.”

Films too are not new to him since his grandfather Ramachandra Rao is the oldest living sound engineer in South India cinema. His father too has been in the industry for over 40 years now. Vijay has also acted in films, including “Roja Kootam.”

Soon, his wife reminds him that it’s pack-up time. Vijay laughs and says, “I love talking. That’s why I am an anchor.”

DEEPA H RAMAKRISHNAN

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