Actor Vishal has been in the news very often lately, not for cinematic happenings, but for his political aspirations which had taken a but of dent when his nomination papers were rejected by the Election Commission. Vishal expressed disappointment at the way his nomination papers were handled and how his proposers were threatened by few unknown people, who he didn’t name. And while all this is happening, Vishal hasn’t let his focus from films get affected. Vishal is currently shooting for his upcoming film titled ‘Irumbu Thirai’ which is being directed by PS Mithran. The film is said to have a military background and also stars Action King Arjun Sarja as the antagonist in the narrative. However, director Mithran now reveals that when he approached Vishal and narrated the story to him, he was so impressed with the story that he wanted to play the villain in the film.
“Vishal wanted to do the villain role in Irumbu Thirai when I pitched the subject to him to produce it under his banner. He was so impressed with the plot that he not only agreed to bankroll it, but also opted to do the powerful baddie character,” PS Mithran was quoted in a report by DC. Mithran also quips in that he actually approached Vishal with an intention to have him onboard as a producer and then sign on another actor for the lead role. However, destiny had something else in store for him. “My idea was to cast another hero, if Vishal likes the story and agrees to produce. But it went otherwise (laughs). He loved the villain role and evinced interest to portray it. Then I had to convince him that he does the lead protagonist and made changes accordingly. The film has a military backdrop and from an ordinary man’s character, I made Vishal’s role a military man,” Mithran added further.
Mithran further adds that Vishal was very supportive during the making of the film and gave Mithran all that he wanted to bring out the best. “Vishal gave me a lot of freedom and without hesitation he was providing me the kind of things I wanted during its making. It is he who suggested that we cast big actors and also rope in big technicians. He was more concerned about the outcome.” The director adds that the film will expose the mysteries and crimes and repercussions caused in social media. “It has a larger relevance in today’s scenario,” Mithran said further.
Besides Vishal and Arjun Sarja, Arjun Sarja also stars Samantha Akkineni as the leading lady and her look from the film has already created an excitement around the film. Speaking about her role in the film, Mithran says,”You will not see the routine heroine in Sam, she would be playing a role which has a lot of bearing. I can’t reveal much at this point of time.” This will be the first time that Samantha will be pairing up with Vishal.