Ajith-starrer Nerkonda Paarvai is all set to hit the silver screens on August 10, 2019. And as the film inches closer to the release date, director Vinoth and actress Shraddha Srinath interacted with the media and spoke at length about the film and the experience of working with the superstar Ajith.
During the media interaction, Shraddha, who is a self-confessed Ajith fan, revealed that she was surprised that the makers approached her for the project. "During the promotional interviews of my first Tamil project itself, I had confessed that I'm a great fan of Ajith sir. It's really a dream-come-true moment for me. First, I flew down to Chennai and gave an audition briefly. Then they called me again for the look test and gave me an emotional scene to perform. A costume test followed it before they finalised me for the role. After I heard that it was for the Tamil version of Pink, I was quite surprised and felt really happy too. The fact that a superstar like Ajith sir has accepted to act in a film like Nerkonda Paarvai is the kind of change the industry needs right now. It will be a turning point in my career." she said.
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Vinoth also agrees with Shraddha that Ajith accepting to feature in the remake of Pink was a refreshing change in Tamil cinema. "From the beginning, we were particular about adapting Pink as a film for all kinds of audiences since Ajith sir's movies cater to everyone. The real success of this film should be the kind of reach it receives, and it's imperative for Nerkonda Paarvai. That's also one of the reasons why the runtime of the Tamil version is 28 minutes more than the original (130 minutes). We have added Vidya Balan's character, and she appears for 10 minutes in the movie," the director stated.
The director went on to reveal that Ajith was not worried about being compared to Amitabh Bachchan, who starred in Pink. "Ajith sir was never worried about the comparisons with Big B. In fact, Ajith sir reprised the cameo role played by Amitabh sir in the Tamil version of English Vinglish. He has played to his strengths effortlessly in Nerkonda Paarvainow. It will be a complete Ajith sir film, but it will also lead to progressive debates on women's rights after the release," Vinoth added.
Talking about the interacting with Ajith on the sets, Shraddha went on heap praises on the actor and said, "Ajith sir is a great gentleman. He would make everyone comfortable on the sets. When he likes someone's work, he would pat on his back, and make his day. He has excellent control over the language, and he would be very helpful too for his co-actors. He's an amazing person, and it was a fantastic experience to share the screen space with him."
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Coming back to the film, Shraddha revealed that she has not watched the original, Pink. "I didn't watch Taapsee's (Pannu) Pink since I was not in the country when the film got released. When I finished audition for Nerkonda Paarvai, I thought it's good that I missed watching the original since I didn't want to get influenced by Taapsee's character. So, I decided not to watch it, and I have not seen until now. And, I don't think the maximum population in Tamil Nadu would have watched Pink. It would be a refreshing film for Ajith sir fans," the actress concluded.
Produced by Boney Kapoor, Nerkonda Paarvai also marks the onscreen debut of popular news editor Rangaraj Pandey, who will step into the role played by Piyush Mishra in the original. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed the music for the project.
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