He started his K Town stint with Kadhal Na Summa Illai, but it was AR Murugadoss and Fox Star Productions’ superhit Engeyum Eppothum, which made him a household name in TN. Now, Tollywood actor Sarwa is back with two Tamil films set to release this year, and clearly very excited about it. Speaking to CE, he reveals why Tamil movies are special for him.
“Naanthan Da directed by Ram Gopal Varma ( RGV), will be my 20th film,” says Sarwa. “My other Tamil film, JK Enum Nanbanin Vazhkai, produced and directed by Cheran is also ready. I have completed the shoot and dubbing. With these two films, I’m really looking forward to audience reactions.”
Sarwa adds, “I’m ever grateful to the Tamil viewers. After Engeyum Eppothum, I have received so much of affection from the people here. Mother’s come to me and say ‘you remind me of my son.’ The audience here has shown me a new kind of adulation that has been incredible. Working in Tamil films has changed my life.”
Apparently, both the films are as different as chalk and cheese. Talking about Naanthan Da, Sarwa says, “It’s a film about mind games. Every expression shows on the character’s face. It’s very different from all the roles I’ve played so far. It’s wonderful since I want to be part of different kinds of cinema.” Is the character of Satya that he plays, a positive or negative one? “That’s for audiences to decide! It’s the story of how a common man is capable to doing when pushed to the edge in society,” smiles Sarwa, giving nothing away. Anaika is his heroine.
He’s thrilled to have worked with the maverick RGV, “He’s a legendary director and there’s so much I learnt just interacting with him. His very presence is electrifying and energizing for any actor. His passion for cinema is infectious,” he says. Sarwa sports a different hairstyle in the film which he says was RGV’s idea, to add a different dimension to the character.
His movie with Cheran shows him playing a boy-next-door. Nithya Menen is his pair and the duo have shot in Chennai, Pondicherry, Goa and Hyderabad. “I shot simultaneously for both films giving 15 days at a time for each of them. Cheran has shown a very different screenplay and editing style in the film. It’s a complete feel-good film,” he adds.