Q&A WITH DHANUSH

HAV­ING CROSSED OVER FROM SOUTH TO NORTH, TAMIL AC­TOR DHANUSH RE­CENTLY BRIDGED THE EAST-WEST DIVIDE

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Q. How did The Ex­traor­di­nary Jour­ney of the Fakir come to you?

I didn’t have any plans to do an in­ter­na­tional project. I don’t even have an in­ter­na­tional agent. I am just for­tu­nate that I stum­bled upon it. I feel if you do your job sin­cerely, wher­ever and what­ever it may be, the uni­verse sends the right things your way.

Q. What can your Tamil fans ex­pect from this film?

They will see a side that they are very used to. Aja is a happy soul, full of life. I don’t think they will be sur­prised or say that he has done some­thing new. They will be proud to see me in an in­ter­na­tional film.

Q. Hav­ing done an in­ter­na­tional project, what’s the one thing you think In­dian cinema should im­bibe?

There was a lot to learn in this film. The way they plan things much be­fore the shoot com­mences, you can save a lot of money. It’s the only film where I have worked only dur­ing the week. I’d love for week­ends to be off here too.

Q. Asuran is your fourth film with di­rec­tor Vetri­maaran. Is it hard to say no to him?

I never say no to him. I don’t even ask him what we are doing next. The trust he has in me and the trust I have in him works bril­liantly.

Q. You act, pro­duce and have also writ­ten and di­rected a film. Don’t you tire?

I started when I was 16. What I could do when I was 16, I couldn’t do when I was 26. Now I am 35, and I have been think­ing ‘If not now, then when?’ Do as much as you can and even­tu­ally your body will say “Shut up!”. When that time comes, you heed. I am writ­ing my next film now, which I will di­rect next year.

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