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Interview : Karthi – I knew in advance about Cheliyaa’s failure
Published on Nov 13, 2017 1:20 pm IST

Karthi is one hero who always comes up with some projects all the time. His latest presentation is the intense cop drama called Khakee. On this occasion, we caught up with him for a detailed interview.

What attracted you towards this script?

As you already know that this film is based on a real-life incident which happened during the 90’s. I had already read about this case many a time and when director Vinoth came to me with the script, it had already made up my mind to do it. Also, the film is a backstory of actually what happened in the case.

What kind of research went into the making of this film?

I met a senior cop in Tamil who was one of the officers who was dealing this case. I spoke to him about four hours and found out how the entire operation which went over four years took place.

How much did this serious cop drama effect you?

It took a toll on my body as there are a lot of realistic sequences involved in the film. Also, I have even more respect for the cops now after seeing what they go through in handling such serious cases.

About Rakul’s role?

As the film is a serious cop drama, my role has a personal touch to it. Rakul plays my wife in the film and she has a completely different role of a housewife which is quite new for her. Even though there is a serious matter going on in the film, her role will be quite entertaining.

Is the film too realistic or has commercial elements?

Khakee is a made on a very commercial basis but has realistic action. The investigation scenes have been dramatized to make things better for the normal audience. I play a DSP in the film and all my scenes have been showcased in a stylish manner.

What was the reason behind Cheliyaa’s failure?

Right at the moment when Mani sir narrated the film, he clearly told me that he is experimenting with the genre and asked me twice whether I would be a part of it. But for the very first time, I got a chance to work with Mani sir and had a superb role which had negative shades. The making was different and I learned a lot during the filming of the movie.

What is the difference between Singham cop and the one you are playing in this film?

Singham is a filmy cop and my role is very realistic and has serious emotions.

What kind of Telugu films is being offered to you post-Oopiri?

I was offered a very interesting film and I even gave my nod but things did not work out at all and the project got shelved. Apart from that film, I never got anything else interesting.

What happened to your film with Vishal and Prabhu Deva?

As I had severe date problems the project has been postponed as of now.

How is the buzz among the actors as Kamal Haasan is entering politics?

Kamal Haasan is a well-read man and knows his work. He does not get involved in things easily but the moment he does, he goes all out. I feel that he is getting a hang of things slowly and when the time comes he will take the big leap.

Your upcoming projects?

I am doing a complete village drama next and after that, there will be a love story alongside Rakul Preet Singh.


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