Ahead of his big release, Jiiva shares his experience on working with co-star Thulasi Nair and director Ravi K Chandran in Yaan
Jiiva has been looking forward to Yaan ever since he signed it on two years back. In fact, he reveals that he opted for Yaan over other scripts because of its director Ravi K Chandran, who’s a renowned cinematographer in Bollywood. Speaking to Bollywoodlife, Jiiva says that this movie has been worth the wait and he’s eager for the audience to see their efforts on-screen on October 2.
All about Yaan…
The role I play in Yaan is that of an MBA grad who’s unemployed. He does all the irresponsible things that any young guy his age would do. The character also has a comic twist. I don’t want to reveal too much. For me it was fresh and when I saw myself on screen it was refreshing. I think the way it’s been shot is something that people will talk about. I have done a lot of stunts in this film. In fact, we shot in Morocco where Inception was shot. The stunt guys who worked on this film have worked with Hollywood stars like Matt Damon. They praised the fact that I learnt the sequences quite fast.
On his co-star Thulasi…
Thulasi has a done a very good job in this film. She’s the opposite of my character in this film – more responsible and mature. An incident in the guy’s life changes things and the story moves forward from there.
On director Ravi K Chandran and working with him…
Ravi is fantastic to work with and he has an amazing sense of humour. He’s worked with everyone from Shah Rukh Khan to Amitabh Bachchan. I am happy be part of his directorial debut. He’s so meticulous, organized and professional. We had a wonderful working relationship during the shoot. In fact, I’d love to do 100 films with him!
Everything was so well-planned for every schedule and everyone on the sets is wired. I remember when I walked off the set once to go to the loo and Ravi asked me where I had gone. He told me that it was protocol that I always inform him if I step off the set. The next day I informed him and there was a girl following me with a walkie talkie accounting for all my moves. I was very impressed with how they worked. It was like working in Bollywood!
One incident I remember is that in Morocco cinematographer Gokul decided to jump off a low-rise building and ended up breaking his leg! We had to send him back home. Ravi got into action and managed to handle everything himself and things went off smoothly. He knows how to handle crisis situations and is always cool. I learnt a lot from him.
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