Speculations over Vijay Sethupathi’s debut in Bollywood is set to end as the Tamil superstar has green-lit a project finally. Known to be a mass hero, the ‘Vikram Vedha’ star has chosen to make his debut in Bollywood with a silent film.. Helmed by director Kishor Pandurang Belekar, the movie has been titled ‘Gandhi Talks’. Calling it his dream project, the director reveals that he had been working on the script since 19 years. The last silent film in Bollywood was ‘Pushpak’ (the Hindi title of the original Kannada film, ‘Pushpaka Vimana’) in 1987. Kamal Haasan had just delivered a career-defining role in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Nayakan’ and the silent film aced his reputation as an actor, who could speak volumes even without dialogues.
Talking about approaching the South superstar for the part, Kishor says, “This project has been close to my heart and when the actor playing the part relates to the idea and the emotional graph, it turns out to be a boon for the director. Every director looks for certain characteristics in his actor when he approaches them for a part. Initially I was planning to cast a Bollywood actor, but when I extended my search to regional cinema, I came across Vijay Sethupathi. I watched his impeccable performances in Tamil films and his acting prowess left me mesmerised. He is not only brilliant, he is also a gutsy actor, who is not worried about his image or stardom. His acting skills, style statement and vocal dynamism is stupendous and that’s when I felt I have found my lead star. He is not only prodigious in his work, but also down-to-earth. I am really excited to work with Vijay, who understands my vision and approach towards the film; I want to start work on my dream project as soon as possible.”
Vijay Sethupathi adds, “I have been experimenting with different characters throughout my career and when this silent film came my way I knew I had to take up this challenge. Kishor sir has a fantastic story and script in place.I know this project will surely be an outstanding one. Gandhiji’s thoughts are more important and valid than his picture in the Indian rupee period.”