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Couple tales Madhavan and Neetu Chandra in 13B
Couple tales Madhavan and Neetu Chandra in 13B

Hindi thriller 13B has no blood and gore, says actor Madhavan

If spooky thrillers have meant ghosts, blood and gore until now, “13B” begs to be different. “It will be one of the spookiest supernatural thrillers made in India,” promises actor Madhavan.

The BIG Pictures’ Hindi film will also release in Tamil as “Yaavarum Nalam” with different co-stars and a story that’s slightly tweaked from the Hindi counterpart.

The premise of “13B” came from director Vikram, says Madhavan. “We lead fast-paced lives where there’s very little time for family and intimate conversations. We’re lonely in a crowd and turn to television for support. I have friends who switch on the TV while sleeping in hotel rooms to beat loneliness. Vikram explores the idea of what will happen if television takes over our lives.”

Young couple Madhavan and Neetu Chandra, with their family, move into a new apartment and in a matter of time are hooked on to a TV soap that runs a similar story of a family that’s setting up home. A quirky twist of fate causes incidents in real life aping those in the serial. Eight years after his debut in Mani Ratnam’s “Alaipayuthey”, Maddy teams up again with cinematographer P.C. Sreeram. “The film is what it is today because of him. People are petrified of him because he seeks perfection, but he’s an absolute darling.”

New ideas please

Madhavan is now busier with Hindi films (he has six in hand) than in Tamil (two films) and he explains, “The Hindi film industry is going through a phase where there’s scope for new ideas and the audience is loving it too. It’s a great time for actors like me.” He cherishes the experience of working in “Mumbai Meri Jaan”. “Along with the script, I also take into consideration the clarity of thought of the director before accepting a film. A good story can go wasted if the director is unable to execute it well.”

It is sheer coincidence, he says, that number three is playing a significant part in his films.

“There’s ‘13B’, ‘Teen Patti’ and ‘Three Idiots’,” he laughs. Next is another thriller, “Sikandar”, where Madhavan plays a military officer.

Amidst all this, he’ll be seen in “Guru En Aalu”, the Tamil remake of “Yes Boss”. What prompted the remake years after its Hindi original? “Abbas and I wanted to do a fun film with lots of masti, women, comedy…”

SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO

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