Vidharth, who started his acting career with some minor roles in early 2000s, is now a prominent name in Tamil cinema. Having caught the imagination of the audience through his powerful roles in films such as 'Mynaa', 'Thiruvannamalai' and 'Kuttamei Dandanei' Vidharth will soon be seen in a prominent role in Malayali director Rajeesh Bala's Tamil debut 'Vandi'. Vidharth, who is very choosy when it comes to selecting films calls 'Vandi' a visual experience. In a candid chat with Onmanorama, he speaks about the film, his role, interests and upcoming projects. Read excerpts:
Be it 'Mynaa', 'Kurangu Bommai' or 'Kuttamei Dandanei' your roles have been distinct, was it a conscious effort on your part to select them or they simply came your way?
All those characters were consciously chosen. Being a theatre artist, I deliberately chose those characters after reading several scripts. I have read a lot of novels and I am basically a writer. So when it comes to choosing scripts I focus more on the story.
Though money is an important factor in movies, subjects that are dealt seriously are also important to me. So I analyse a script very deeply, when it tells a good subject. Those three movies you mentioned have won many awards. All my films are based on subjects which are of my liking.
Your major break came with a negative role in the film 'Thiruvannamalai'; do you still like playing the role of a villain?
Actually, I like doing negative roles very much. But I'm not getting to do many negative roles. In fact, there is no human being in society who is wholly villainous. There is a bit of negativism in everybody. But we cannot mark negative aspects alone in real life. My wish is to reflect such characters on screen. There is a lot of challenges in portraying these kind of negative roles.
What attracted you to the film 'Vandi' the most?
I have seen a lot of Malayalam movies. I used to watch movies of prominent directors in Malayalam. I have seen movies of Mammootty and Mohanlal. When Rajeesh Bala came to me and narrated the story of 'Vandi', my confidence level was a bit low as it was basically a visual oriented movie. Then I wanted to read the script in Tamil. After reading it I felt that it can be easily handled. The movie is thoroughly a director's movie. The movie will be visually outstanding. As I said, I am selective about my movies, and this movie definitely falls in my selection. What is special about this story is that it cannot be portrayed in the usual way. It is the outcome of a classy combination of the director, editor and the cinematographer.
What were the preparations you had taken for 'Vandi'?
No, I didn't have to make any special preparation. The character I played is someone we meet in real life.
Your upcoming films
Next I am doing a film titled 'Katrin Mozhi' with Jyothika in the lead role. It's a remake of Hindi film 'Thumhaari Sulu'. It will be released next month. After that there is comedy film 'Aayiram Porukkasukal.' Further, there is a sequel of the hit movie 'Chithiram Pesuthadi' directed by Rajan Madhavan.