Q. What were the challenges of this role?
A. The biggest challenge was that I didn’t have a visual reference from any film since nobody has attempted this story idea before. I gathered references from YouTube and from real-life patients. While shooting, the risk lay in mastering the art of falling down on the ground with my eyes closed, not knowing where I am going to land on. Sometimes, it would be on a table, but mostly on the ground. I did get hurt a couple of times, especially for the climax scene. The idea was not to appear conscious while falling asleep and that posed a challenge.
Q. How was it working with Thiru?
A. Thiru is a producer’s darling. With his clarity on all aspects of filmmaking, there was no room for wastage — we completed this project in a record time of three months. Naan Sigappu Manithan will definitely meet the expectations of the audience.
Q. What about Lakshmi Menon?
A. She is totally dedicated and a thorough professional. For an 18-year-old to accept a complex character like Meera speaks volumes of her maturity. I am glad that she was a part of this film. It’s her best.
Q. Were films a planned choice?
A. Ram Gopal Varma’s Shiva triggered my passion to become a filmmaker. My dad [producer G.K. Reddy] wanted me to become an actor. And I have succeeded in living his dream. I would love to work in films such as the Indiana Jones series and, of course, play superhero roles.
Q. What’s next?
A. After NSM, I will start work with director Hari on his next film Poojai and will later do a film with Suseenthiran again.