Actress Sneha was excited about Velaikkaran, considering it was her comeback in Tamil films, especially after she was featured in Mammootty’s The Great Father this year. Albeit a brief role, the actress admits that she signed the project purely because she believed in it. However, she was left disappointed when her role was shortened significantly.
“We shot for more than 18 days and I expected my role to be seen for at least 15 minutes in the film but what I have instead got is barely five minutes of screen time. The weight loss also wasn’t shown exactly well on the screen —in a way that would register. With all the pain I’ve suffered for for the film, I feel disappointed,” she tells The New Indian Express.
The actress resorted to dieting and losing a lot of weight for her role. In an interview with The Times of India early this year, the actress spoke in length about her diet. “I do cardio in the morning and weight training in the evening, both at home, as I can’t be away from my baby for long periods,” she said.
Speaking further on her issue with Velaikkaran, she said that she was also disappointed because her role turned out to be something quite unlike what she was told it would be. “I was told it was the soul of the film. But what I’ve gotten is the sort of character role I’ve constantly kept away from. I get such offers all the time, even from Telugu cinema. I didn’t want to do a role that anyone could’ve done. I want to do roles that directors think, ‘Sneha panna nalla irrukum’. I don’t think any heroine would accept to have rashes on her face in her comeback film,” she adds.
Velaikkaran, starring Sivakarthikeyan, Fahadh Faazil, Nayanthara, and others, released on December 22, and is currently occupying the number one position at theatres in Tamil Nadu. The film is directed by Mohan Raja.