Popular south actor Vijay Sethupathi, who is fondly called as Makkal Selvan by his fans, won the Best Supporting actor National Award for his portrayal of a transgender named Shilpa in Super Deluxe. While the actor said that he doesn't know how to react on this achievement, the Master star said that whenever he performs, he doesn't expect any award for it. “When I work, I don’t expect any awards. For the past two years, I have stopped going to award functions. The news of winning the National Film Award came as a surprise. When people started wishing me, I didn’t even know how to react,” the actor told HT.
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When asked why he stopped going to award ceremonies, the Laabam actor responded, “I have been trying to stop going to award ceremonies since 2015. I became a hero in 2010, and started getting awards from 2013. I went to the award functions for two years, and slowly started cutting down, one by one. This year also, I was called to three-four award ceremonies, but I refused,” adding that this time he will surely go to pick up his National Award.
Speaking about the complex and challenging character of Shilpa, Vijay Sethupathi said, “Whenever I play a character, I become a teacher and the character becomes a student. But in this film, Shilpa became a teacher and I became a student. I didn’t take inspiration from anybody, and just did it. I learnt so much from Shilpa.” Directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja, the film also featured Fahadh Faasil, Samantha Akkineni, Ramya Krishnan, Mysskin, Gayathrie, Ashwanth Ashokkumar, Bagavathi Perumal, and Mirnalini Ravi in pivotal roles. It was produced under the banners of Tyler Durden and Kino Fist, East West Dream Works Entertainment and Alchemy Vision Workz.
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