What's keeping Bharat busy these days? In a candid conversation, the actor tells t. krithika reddy he's juggling refreshing roles in upcoming flicks Vaanam and Yuvan Yuvathi

He's donned many masks in his seven-year career featuring an eclectic range of films. Be it the vulnerable teenager in Kaadhal, obsessed lover in Chellamae, mute hired killer in Pattiyal, unhappy son in Em Magan, vengeful husband in Nepali or the score-settling brother-in-law in Pazhani, Bharat's portrayals have brimmed with passion. After a dull spell, the 21-film-old actor is back under the spotlight with an all-new look in Vaanam and a vivacious role in Yuvan Yuvathi. As both films near completion, the actor assures these characters too will have immense recall value. Over to Boyz Bharat…

STARRY SKY Vaanam is a star-spangled fare. There are so many famous faces in the frames — Simbu, Prakash Raj, Anushka, Sneha Ullal and Sonia Agarwal. Though the film is a remake of the Telugu superhit Vedam, director Krish has made significant changes to suit our milieu. I play a rock star with a grunge look and cool attitude. Everything from my hair colour to body language is different in this film.

BUZZ AND BUSINESS The more the number of stars, the better the buzz for a film. Such works seldom go unnoticed, and I hope it translates into good business. I was happy to share screen space with Simbu et al. I've never shied away from multi-starrers.

MUCH TO CHEER Yuvan Yuvathi by director GRN Kumaravelan is a bubbly romance with oodles of comedy. It draws a contrast between a village-centric father and a city-slicker son. Interesting conflicts between the two add a fresh dimension to the film. In the second half of the film, the camera caresses some picture postcard locations in the Seychelles and South Africa. Vijay Antony has composed some lilting numbers and, of course, the mandatory kuthu!

GO BY INSTINCT After some romantic flicks, I guess people love to see me in such roles. But I want to do something unique with every film. Nowadays, it looks like there's a new hero every other Friday. So it's imperative that those who want to stay on in the business push boundaries. As far as choice of films goes, I follow my instinct. And it's been a mixed bag of success and failure.

SENSE OF BALANCE I choose films in such a way that I have a combination of intense and breezy roles. Life's about balance. That's the way I like my career to be too. Though I've done many serious films, I love doing comedy. It's not easy to pull off humorous roles, but I'm trying. Eventually, I hope to do solo tracks. In Yuvan Yuvathi, there are some hilarious scenes involving Santhanam and me. Talking of balance, I work with veterans and newcomers. Both are learning experiences.

WHAT'S IN A NUMBER? Well, lots. But you will have to wait since 555 is only in its preproduction stage. It's a logical actioner, and director Sasi has been working on the script for two years. The film involves plenty of homework and make-up changes.

‘REAL' SUCCESS I salute those involved in realistic cinema. It's everybody's story — so the audience understand it better. Be it Veyil, Em Magan or Kaadhal… my success rate has been high when my roles have been close to reality — a boy-next-door with emotions and problems the audience can relate to.

FRIDAY FEARS I'll be lying if I were to say Fridays don't give me anxiety. We are in an industry where unpredictability is the norm. A well-made film might fail simply because it didn't get into the right theatre. As an actor, I give each film my best and move on. There's no substitute to hard work.

HOME COMING! My new home at Saligramam is coming up well. It's a dream come true for me. I've built it with so much care and personally taken interest in the interiors. I hope to move in in January.


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