Completely involved in all that he does, is how one can describe Jiiva. He is gearing up for the release of his ambitious super-hero filmMugamoodi. In this exclusive chat with sify.com, he confesses that it was not easy playing super hero…
How was it playing a superhero?
I play Anand, a character who is obsessed with Kung Fu and he is called Bruce Lee because of this. He is an ordinary guy who goes on to do extraordinary things as the movie progresses. Girish Karnad plays my father, a sort of loony scientist. It was not easy, (smiles) but it was fun.
Why was it not easy? What were the challenges?
Well, it was a big responsibility to live up to playing out one of Mysskin’s childhood dreams of a superhero. I hope I have lived upto it. In physical terms, it was challenging to wear the superhero costume every day. A lot of research went into making it with a costumer from Hong Kong, using the best materials. But it generates a lot of heat. At the end of the day I would be really tired and cranky and I must thank my make up man, costumer and hairstylist for standing by me and putting up with all my tantrums.
How did you prepare for the stunt sequences ?
I was lucky that I had learnt Kung Fu for five years, prior to even meeting Mysskin. So all that helped. But I went back to training with Sekar Master again for the film when Mysskin told me he would be using the art in the film. Sekar Master’s earlier training is one of the reasons I didn’t face too many difficulties while doing the stunts. Also, Tony master taught me a lot in the forty days that we trained together for the film.
Narain plays the antagonist. Tell us about working with him.
Its important to have a strong antagonist to make the film interesting so a lot of weightage has been given to his role and he’s done an excellent job. It’s a very powerful role. I interacted with him for 25 days during a fight combination scene. He is one of the most patient actors I know.
How is the chemistry between you and Pooja Hegde?
Well, so far we have not done any romantic scenes as such. But we are heading to Switzerland for two songs and that’s when I will know how the on screen chemistry works out! ( laughs). But she is fun on the sets.