Going places

Lured by the role: Shaam

Lured by the role: Shaam  


Shaam is all set for his debut in Telugu and Hindi.

Shaam will open his account in Telugu with ‘Kick.’ The film which has been shot extensively in Malaysia, and in Switzerland, will have two protagonists — Shaam and Ravi Teja. Though Shaam has been receiving offers in Telugu for long, he wasn’t too eager to grab them. “It was mainly because of the language — Tamil is my mother tongue, I know Hindi, I’ve done Kannada films and Malayalam hasn’t been tough to pick up. But Telugu I felt could be alien. Yet the lure of ‘Kick’ was tough to resist. I play a cop and both Ravi and I have equally powerful roles,” he says.

So with work for ‘Kick’ almost over, how much of Telugu does he now know? “I’ve learnt it,” the linguist states smugly. “There wasn’t a choice because on the sets none converses in any other language but Telugu.”

Apt hero

Seeing pictures of Shaam, Surendra Reddy, the director, decided he would be his hero. “He told me my physique would suit the role.” And is the moustache in the film supposed to enhance the cop-look further? “Of course,” he chortles.

Looks like the hirsute make-over will extend beyond ‘Kick,’ because, from what you gather he’s going to have it in his Tamil release, ‘Agam Puram’ too … “Director Thirumalai didn’t want a boyish face and what better way to make it mature and rugged than with a moustache?” he guffaws.

And when is his ‘Anthony Yaar’ going to see the light of day? “Very soon,” he assures.

Pairing with Shaam for ‘Kick’ is Telugu cinema’s dream girl, the slim, svelte Ileana. “Ileana is as hard-working as she is beautiful,” smiles Shaam, “And as she insists on perfecting her dialogue and getting the pronunciation right before every shot, it gives me enough time to work on my lines.”

Thaman (Remember him? He was one of Shankar’s ‘Boys’) debuts as composer in Telugu with ‘Kick.’

And Hindi too …

Shaam will next begin shooting for ‘Mujjhe Maaf Karo,’ the film which will mark Shaam’s entry in Hindi. Faisal, who assisted Kamal Haasan in films such as ‘Mumbai Xpress,’ helms ‘Mujjhe …’ “Faisal is a good friend and I look forward to working with him,” says Shaam. The film will be a bi-lingual — the Tamil version is yet to be named. “I play a happy-go-lucky guy … it’s a Casanova kind of role.” So how many heroines will he have? “Seven,” Shaam grins sheepishly and adds, “It will be a youthful entertainer.”

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