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K. JESHI
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CinemaJiiva and Ajmal get chatty as they enjoy the success of Ko

TWO GOODJiiva and AjmalPhoto: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
TWO GOODJiiva and AjmalPhoto: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Jiiva and Ajmal are on cloud nine. They are basking in the success of their recent hit “Ko.” “We are happy. It is running to packed houses in theatres,” they say with a big smile.

The multi-starrer directed by K.V. Anand, that deals with photojournalism, is the talk of town and they are enjoying the attention.

The script is a ‘super hero' and their director K.V. Anand, is the ‘true hero', they say.

Both say “Ko” was a beautiful experience. “Our director says it's easy to commercialise a fantasy. But, ‘Ko' was an experiment in a ‘commercial film with realistic content'. It is trendy, practical, in tune with the current times and executed very well,” says Jiiva.

The climax sequences, the blast, the slow motion shots of Jiiva jumping off a building, were shot with the one of its kind Phantom Flex camera. It can shoot up to 2500 frames in HD format using Phantom Flex. The camera is currently on a test run in a Hollywood film. Every single shot of “Ko” is memorable, recalls Jiiva. Especially the Norway experience, where they shot at minus 25 degrees.

“I was in awe of Jiiva's performance. With his boy next door looks, he was a natural,” says Ajmal who is also full of praise for his other co stars Piaa and Karthika. The duo shares great camaraderie. “In the age of Facebook and Twitter everyone is connected. We are not in any race. Every talented actor is secure in his space,” says Jiiva. Ask them about the trend of multi-starrers, they say films are no longer hero-centric.

A multi-starrer enhances the story and the audience easily connects with the characters.

Jiiva mentions his film “Siva Manasula Sakthi”, a romantic comedy, which also starred Arya in a prominent character. “Even in a love triangle where you have two heroes pining for a girl, there is some amount of suspense and it works.”

They say the blurring of border between Tamil and Hindi films is a healthy sign. Leading stars such as Akshay Kumar and Ranbir Kapoor have shown interest in the remake of “Ko” in Hindi. “Tamil films such as ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya' are remade in Hindi, stars from the South such as Rana make a mark in Bollywood and Salman Khan's ‘Dabaang' is remade in Tamil too. The best part is we are making so many films. Every Friday, a new film hits the theatres,” says Jiiva.

Jiiva has been experimental in his choice of roles and worked with directors as diverse as Ameer (“Raam”), Rajesh (“Siva Manasula Sakthi”), Ram (“Katradhu Tamizh”) and S.P. Jananathan (“E”).

“I go by the script, and then study my character and commercial viability. Once I say ‘yes', I flesh out my character and bring a new dimension to it. The search is there for every new role,” he says.

For Ajmal and Jiiva, the future looks bright as the Tamil film industry is flourishing. Jiiva gears up for his forthcoming “Routhiram”, “Vandhaan Vendraan” and “Nanban” (a remake of the superhit ‘3 Idiots'). Ajmal looks forward to “Kathirvel” and “Karuppampatti” where he plays a dual role. The duo visited Coimbatore theatres as part of ‘Ko Kondattam' and interacted with the fans. “It is an exercise to boost ourselves and our fans by appearing live in front of the big screen,” they smile.

K. JESHI

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