Siju Wilson on his vintage makeover in 'Varthakal Ithuvare'

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Siju Wilson is a busy-bee in the industry. The actor who marked his acting debut through a television show back in 2012, quickly rose to a cine actor handling humour, character roles, negative shades and lead roles with elan. While his latest investigation thriller 'Varthakal Ithuvare' is running in the theaters, the actor has got as much as three movies in his kitty. Siju talks about his role in 'Varthakal Ithuvare,' the physical transformation he underwent for the movie, and his future plans in an interview:

What is your character in 'Varthakal Ithuvare?'

I play a character called Vinayachandran KD in this movie. He is a police constable who was posted first in a village called Pallippuram. Vinayachandran is a passionate cop who reads Sherlock Holmes novels and draws inspiration from them. Though he is often disheartened by the issues happening at the police station, he cherishes the values of his profession and collects evidence for the petty crimes taking place in the small village with great spirit.

'Varthakal Ithuvare' revolves around a theft that happens in Pallippuram village and the chain of incidents taking place following it.

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The movie's teaser has showcased the romance between Vinayachandran and the female lead. How did you bring in the stiffness of a police officer and the romance of a youngster together on screen?

The story line of this movie takes place in 1990s. Most of the cop characters we have seen in the movies of Sreenivasan and Sathyan Anthikkad are light, comedy roles. They are normal men who happened to wear the police uniform. This movie is a package of fun, romance, thrilling investigation and a suspense. Vinayachandran has all the problems of being a beginner in the police department. A policeman can very well be a great lover (laughs.)

The character played by Vinay Forrt, called Mathews, is a rival of Vinayachandran. It is a very funny and interesting movie.

How did you tone your physique to look like a 90s' hero?

When director Manoj Nair approached me with the script of this movie, I had shed almost 10 kg weight for the movie 'Thobama.' After reading out the screen play, he told me that I will have to put on weight for this movie. “Bro, this movie says a story happening in 1990s. The hero needs a little pot-belly, chubby cheeks and plump pshysique,” he said. I promised him to eat as much as I can and revive the weight I shed. Manoj had a clear picture in his mind about Vinayachandran's appearance. He explained me how my hair-cut and mustache should be. He even told me how much belly I should build.

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However, people who watched the movie and its songs told me that I look like a Mollywood hero in 1990s. I am extremely happy to hear that. I try to bring some difference in each character I do. I am glad that my efforts reaped success.

How did you prepare yourself to perform Vinayachandran's role?

I refered to many old Malayalam movies. 'Nanma Niranjavan Sreenivasan' was my main reference point. I have watched the movies wherein Mammootty, Mohanlal Siddique et al played cop roles.

Main difference between the appearance of youngsters in both the times is that, back in 1990s, mature look was the vogue. Youngsters grew thick mustache and wished to look older than their actual age. Now a days people love to flaunt younger appearance. I used to shave my beard everyday inorder to look perfect in Vinayachandran's appearance.

What is your dream character?

I have always dreamed of a meaningful shift in my career. Fortunately, my character in 'Aadhi' offered me such a break. It was a negative character. I am undergoing an evolution as an actor from movie to movie. It doesn't happen overnight. It takes time. But I am sure that there is a meaningful progress in my acting. I try my level best to make each character different from the ones I already performed. I put a lot of efforts to meet the expectations of script writers and directors who cast me in their movies. The result of all these should be judged by the audience.

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