With newbies, you get to mould them exactly the way you want: GVM

Gautham Vasudev Menon (GVM) was shooting for a song for Joshua Imai Pol Kaakha at a popular hotel in ECR. When we reached there Gautham was patiently explaining the scenes to the film’s lead actors, Varun and Raahei, and the actors were giving their best to perfect the shot. Said to be a spy thriller, Joshua… would’ve released by this time, but because of the pandemic, the shoot was halted. Now, the team is trying to wrap up the shoot at the earliest.

Gautham says that the movie is an out-and-out action film. “We roped in stunt director Yannick from France; he’s worked on Dhruva Natchathiram, too. Yannick has brought in style and panache for the hitman character. Varun went through some rigorous training in France for this and you will see the difference in his body language and the way he moves,” says the director.

Ask Gautham about working with relatively newcomers Varun and Raahei, and he says it has been a great experience. “It’s interesting as you get to mould them exactly the way you want, and you can experiment as well. It has been a learning experience for me, too,” he adds.

The filmmaker has been working with a limited crew and followed all safety precautions. “We did COVID-19 tests for everyone. We ensure we don’t get anyone new to the set. All the actors are advised to stay in isolation at home after the shoot. And yes, masks, face shields, temperature checks are done every morning to ensure safety,” he signs off.

‘Working with Gautham sir is a dream come true’

I feel lucky to be making my debut through a GVM sir film. I am sure many aspiring actresses would want to feature in his film. Working with Gautham sir is a dream come true. He is ‘captain cool’ and makes us comfortable. I play Kundhavi Chidambaram, a role so challenging yet different, in the movie. I had trained in martial arts for the role. There is so much scope for my role and I will appear throughout the film. It feels great to be back on the set. — Raahei,female lead

‘Gautham sir is a patient teacher’

I play a hitman and a bodyguard in the film. We have wrapped up most of the action sequences, for which I trained under Yannick in Paris. Now, we are shooting for the romantic portions for the song, Naan Un Joshua. I can see that side of Gautham sir… the magic of romance that he brings on screen. Gautham sir is so perfect that he takes care of even the minutest details. He is a very patient teacher and I have never seen him lose his cool. He encourages us a lot as well. I haven’t ever seen him get tensed or worked up on the set. We were supposed to shoot the rest of the portions abroad, but owing to the situation, we will be wrapping it up in Chennai.

— Varun, male lead