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‘After Visaranai, every role seems light’

After all the beating and bruises acting in Visaranai had left behind, of “both the physical and mental kind”, Dinesh (without the Attakathi prefixed to his name now) felt he needed to act in films that were less intense for a while. After all, playing a tortured prisoner can take a toll on the mind.

So imagine Dinesh’s relief when Oru Naal Koothu’s director Nelson told him to “Just behave like how you are in reality. The dialogues are just like how we talk to each other” when he was approached for the role. Of course, he preferred that he’d “finally” be acting in a movie where he can look “fresh, with neat clothes and combed hair” — a rarity considering the films he’s acted in.

“But every role is light after Visaranai,” laughs Dinesh. “I put a lot of myself into every role and it helps that you try films like Oru Naal Koothu, which is as much about the film’s heroines (Miya George and Nivetha Puthuraj) as it is about me.”

He says he’s just trying to follow Vetrimaaran’s advice. “He told me that an actor should be acting in all sorts of roles when they come your way. We all have a scale in which we can perform and I’m glad that we’re a stage where we needn’t worry if it’s a commercial film or an offbeat one. Lighter films are just as important.”

But his next film is certainly a heavy-weight. He plays an important role in Rajinikanth’s Kabali. “As a kid, all I wanted was to just see Rajini sir once. Whoever thought I’ll be acting with him one day?”

Working with Rajini has even taught him a few things about commitment. “After Cuckoo and Visaranai, I’d become a bit uncomfortable with the idea of shooting past 6 pm as I start getting tired. Rajini sir, even though he’s such a senior actor, acts so effortlessly even when we shoot till 3 am. At his stage, his really doesn’t need to work in double call sheets, but you see how he’s reached where he has. These are people who have such a strong control over their mind.”

And what about Ranjith, who debuted with Dinesh’s Attakathi, Ka bali ’s director ? “He’s only gotten calmer. It’s as though he’s making a film that’s smaller than Attakathi.

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