The friendly ghost

In Maragadha Naanayam, Aadhi explores the horror-comedy genre with a dose of adventure

Published - June 14, 2017 02:41 pm IST

Aadhi takes his time to take up new projects. He selects scripts only after carefully listening to them. It was the process he followed with director Saravanan’s Maragadha Naanayam , which hits screens tomorrow. “It’s been a long time since an adventure-fiction-horror-comedy was made in Tamil. The freshness and originality impressed me and it stood out from the crowd,” says Aadhi, “I always listen to the script as a member of the audience and not as an actor.”

The story of Maragadha Naanayam revolves around five characters. “I knew that it was not a hero-centric film, yet I went ahead, as the script gives equal importance to all.” Aadhi plays the role of a youngster who comes to Chennai from Tiruchi in order to make money, but gets entangled in a set of sequences. “Usually, films in the horror genre tend to scare the audience, but in this film, horror is dealt with in a completely different manner. Chances are high for the audience to fall in love with the ghost,” he chuckles.

After making a dramatic entry with Mirugam back in 2007, Aadhi’s career graph has risen steadily, with films like Eeram, Aravaan and Vallinam . “I consciously avoid repeating similar roles, even if they’ve been successful. I played a cop in Eeram , but I don’t mind doing it again, if the role offers a different dimension.”

The actor is also simultaneously working in Telugu films; last year, he played a negative role in Sarrainodu , starring Allu Arjun. He will, yet again, play the baddie in Trivikram’s yet-to-be-titled Telugu film, starring Pawan Kalyan in the lead. “I wouldn’t call it a negative role; it is a powerful role.” Besides this, he has Ninnu Kori, which is set for release next month, and Sukumar’s period drama, Rangasthalam 1985 .

The thriller genre fascinates Aadhi, but he also has a soft corner for action. “I am not one for commercial masala flicks. I prefer sensible action scripts. In recent times, I am also getting interesting offers from the Malayalam industry and I’m looking at choosing something that will suit me.”

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