Perseverance, Patience and hard work haven’t alone landed up Arun Vijay’s stardom to a greater graph, but his creative ability to choose scripts that look tailor-made for him and win the attention of universal audiences as well. He has now apparently become the brand ambassador of ‘Thriller’ genres in South Indian industry, where his movies create a curiosity and warm reception in both original and dubbed version. It was literally evident with the Medical Crime-Thriller ‘Kuttram 23’ that fared well in Tamil, dubbed versions in Telugu and Hindi versions (Khatarnak Policewala) too.
He is now playing a cop role again in the untitled crime-thriller, directed by Gopinath Narayanamoorthy, a former associate of directors Kannan and Milan. Does his herculean physique and unceasing workouts even at night propel the filmmakers to approach him for the cop roles? Arun Vijay brimmed with smile says, “I don’t think so. Moreover, a thriller movie like ‘Kuttram 23’ didn’t depict me as a muscly cop involved in fists of action all the time, but had lots of brainy elements, thanks to director Arivazhagan. When director Gopinath narrated me this story, it had lots of exciting twists and turns and the basic premise itself is more engaging.”
On delineating the difference between Kuttram 23 and this film, Arun Vijay adds, “Naturally, Kuttram 23 was a crime thriller with ‘Medical’ as the main element. This one is a crime thriller revolving around series of mysterious murders in the city and how a cop unravels the mystery beneath them. The director is now finalizing others in the cast and crew. If everything goes well as planned, the shooting will commence by end of March.
Currently, Arun Vijay is busy shooting for the second schedule of Agni Siragugal in Kolkata, which also features Vijay Antony in another lead role alongside Shalini Pandey. He will be soon kick-starting his other film ‘Boxer’, a sports based movie, where reigning boxer has to battle his own demons.