The Tamil superstar Vijay, who is awaiting the release of his latest movie Beast this week, gave a rare TV interview Sunday. The interview was broadcast on Sun TV, whose film production banner Sun Picture has funded the film. The interview was conducted by Beast Director Nelson Dilipkumar. The interview created a lot of hype considering it Vijay had avoided media interactions for over a decade now.
“Why don’t you give media interviews. Is your schedule full?” asked Nelson. “No, not like that. I have free time for conversations, but things did not work out. I think 10 years ago I had given an interview. And I felt that my words were misinterpreted in that interview. I was not happy. Even my family members asked why I had spoken so arrogantly. I then had to call him and explain to him that I did not mean it that way. And I can not keep doing it to everyone right all the time. So I stay away from interviews, ”Vijay explained.
Vijay is one of the three superstars in Tamil cinema, in addition to Rajinikanth and Ajith Kumar, who rarely promote their films. These stars have developed such one strong fan base all over the world that people show up in the theaters without much persuasion. There is a lot of anticipation surrounding the sound release feature in his upcoming film, one of the rare events he attends. To the great disappointment of fans, Sun Pictures did not hold the music launch event for Beast. The rationale for the decision is unclear. Neither Nelson nor Vijay discussed the cause during the interview.
Vijay’s TV interview was arranged to soften the blow for the fans. But unlike the sound release events, where Vijay usually lets his hair down and surprises fans with impromptu dance moves, punchlines, jokes and short fables, the superstar seemed more reserved than usual. While Nelson spoke mostly, Vijay responded to the former’s praise, disguised as questions, with humility and his trademark stoicism.
“Even my family keeps complaining that they can not find out if I like something or not, based on my expressions. I also get angry at times, but I do not react. I think that most of our problems come from decisions we make out of anger or defiance. (My policy is) take it easy, make it easy, “said Vijay. It is worth noting that during the promotion of Villu (2009 ), in a rare public outburst, Vijay had lost his temper during a press conference, leaving everyone stunned.
In his honor, Nelson had asked some significant questions about various aspects of Vijay’s life, including his relationship with his father, filmmaker SA Chandrasekhar. “The only difference between God and the father is that we can not see God, but we can see our father,” Vijay said, stressing that he is still a devoted son, even though their relationship had hit a hard patch recently.
Vijay also discussed his religious beliefs when Nelson recalled visiting the church during filming in Georgia. “I am a devout believer. I go to church and I have been to temples and Ameen Peer Dargah during the filming of Thuppakki. I have felt a divine feeling everywhere. My mother is a Hindu and my father is a Christian. They both became “I fell in love and got married. I grew up in a household that never limited me to where I should go or not to go. I also teach my children the same thing,” he said.
Vijay revealed that he would very much like to see his son Jason Sanjay follow in his footsteps. However, he also noted that he would not pressure his son to join the film industry if he did not want to. “Premam director Alphonse Puthren once asked to meet me. I also made an appointment and thought he would pitch a story for me. But he had come to tell Sanjay the story. It was a sweet, boy-next-door kind of movie. I secretly wished Sanjay would say yes to the movie. But he said he wanted a few more years and I did not force it, ”he recalled.
Nelson also asked about Vijay’s plans to become a member of active politics. Although Vijay has not made any secrets about his political aspirations, he has not yet set a timeline for his political debut. He apparently borrowed superstar Rajinikanth’s over two decades old answer to the question “do you want / do not want” and replaced the god with fans. Rajinikanth has always claimed that he will join politics, “if God wills”. And Vijay said, “Today my fans want me to be Thalapathy (the movie star). If tomorrow they want me to be Thalaivan (leader), then so be it.”