Fahadh Faasil, who was initially approached for a role in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, recently told a Malayalam magazine that it was because he couldn’t envision the movie in his head that he pulled out of the Mani Ratnam film.
About his decision to opt out of the movie in the last minute he said “I always try and imagine the movie in my head. If I am unable to do that I decide to not do it.”
He admitted that it took him a while to reach that decision on Mani Ratnam’s film. “I deliberated till the last minute but was unable to see the movie in my head. That’s when I gave it up.”
He said that going into a movie without believing in it would eventually turn out to be a torture for him and the rest of the crew. He believed that Mani Ratnam would’ve definitely understood the reason.
While reports suggest that Faasil was considered for the role that eventually went to Arun Vijay, the Malayalam actor has remained tight-lipped on this regard. Going by the trailer, Faasil seemed more suited to play Silambarasan’s character as the ‘Bangalore days’ actor used to enjoy a metrosexual image during the initial stages of his career due to movies like Chaapa Kurishu, 22 Female Kottayam and Diamond Necklace.
The trailer for Chekka Chivantha Vaanam came out last week. The story revolves around Prakash Raj, who plays the patriarch Senapathi, the don of Chennai. He has three sons, played by Arvind Swami (Varadhan), Arun Vijay (Thyagu) and Silambarasan (Ethi). Vijay Sethupati plays the role of a police officer.
Jyothika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari and Dayana Erappa are the female leads. The film also stars Jayasudha, Thyagarajan, Mansoor Ali Khan and Cheenu Mohan in pivotal roles.
Technical crew comprises of Mani Ratnam’s regular collaborators which include A.R. Rahman, cinematographer Santosh Sivan and Editor Sreekar Prasad. The movie is due for release in September.