From transforming himself from top to toe to learning a new form of dance, Kalyan Ram has given his best to play Varun Naa Nuvve. Directed by Jayendra Panchapakesan, the film is hitting the screens on Thursday and Tamannaah Bhatia as the leading lady.
During an interview which was a part of the promotion, the actor shares his experiences from the sets from the making of the film to his dream come true moment after working with PC Sreeram, one of the finest cinematographers.
How different is Jayendra from other directors you have worked with?
All of us know that he is an ad filmmaker. He was very particular about what he wants. Working with him was a completely different experience. For instance, he asked me to show aggressiveness and when I made my eyes big, he told me that the eyes have to show the emotion of being aggressive, but not by making them big. He wanted minimal physical movements and more of expressions and feelings. It was a different experience of acting too.
What have you learnt from Jayendra’s way of direction?
Everybody has his/her own way of direction and Jayendra’s way was really different. It could be even because Naa Nuvve was a romantic film. In commercial movies, the movements and every action of the hero will be quick and faster. There is a lot of physical strain too. But, when it comes to a movie like Naa Nuvve, it is a romantic film. So, it demanded fewer physical movements and more expressions.
Tell us about your dream come true moment.
Working with PC Sreeram sir has always been a dream for me and I didn’t know that it would come true so soon. When I knew that he was on board, my happiness had no limits. Initially, I was quite tense about the project, so much so that it showed on my face. So, the director and Sreeram sir asked me the reason for my tension and understood that I was worked up about the project. Then, Sreeram sir called me aside and told me that in a film, which will have a lot of romance to do, the actor should start romancing everything. So, he told me that my romance has to first start with the camera and asked me to go ahead. He was an amazing person.
What about the looks and the tango dance which you have learnt?
My looks in this film are a big plus point to me as well as the movie too. Jayendra was very particular about me wearing spects. When I asked why, he said that he wants the audience to see a Kalyan Ram they have never seen before. The team wanted an entirely new version of me. It was quite surprising for my family and me to see my new avatar which made me look younger. Coming to the tango dance, one of the songs demanded us to learn the form. I am actually scared of dancing. A professional tango dancer from Chennai was brought here and he taught us how to tango for eight days, and then we went for rehearsals.