The number of projects which were supposed to be done by actor Vijay are plenty. Right from “Unnai Ninaithu” to “Singam”, many projects were meant for him but the actor missed for various reasons. Now, in a recent interaction, director Linguswamy who is known making films such as “Anantham”, “Run”, “Paiyaa” revealed why Vijay rejected his Sandakozhi.
Actor Vijay who is known for his huge fan base in Tamilnadu, has acted in 63 films so far and is waiting for his 64th film “Master” to be released after this Corona outbreak. The actor who considered as one of a very few actors who has huge fan following in South India. Having acted in more than 60+ films, he is in the top race to become the highest paid actor in Kollywood. His most recent film is Atlee’s BIGIL and the film reportedly collected Rs. 300 crores in the box office.
In this interaction with director and actor Manobala for his youtube channel “Waste Paper”, Linguswamy said that “Sandakozhi” was supposed to be done by Suriya at first. “It was meant for Suriya and director Bala was supposed to produce the movie. That’s a long story” said Linguswamy who went on to share the experience he had while narrating the script to Vijay to cast him in the lead role.
“While hearing the story, Vijay stopped me after I finished narrating the first half.” said Linguswamy. “When I asked him why, he said that the second half of the film highly concentrates on the father role (played by actor Rajkiran).” Linguswamy revealed. “When the second half depicts the father role with more screen space, I don’t have much things to do as a protagonist” said Vijay to Linguswamy at that time.
“When I insisted on completing my full narration, Vijay firmly avoided and asked me to move on to the next stories. I left the place and he didn’t hear the second half at all” Linguswamy said. “But when the film got released, it became a massive blockbuster. It was an important film for Vishal in his career. In Devi theatre alone, the film ran for 225 days. In a party that took place in Le meridien, Vijay sir saw me and came close to me and shook my hands. “He appreciated me for the success.” said Linguswamy. When the filmmaker showed his disappointment on Vijay for not hearing the second half, the actor said that it is a right choice to cast an actor like Vishal for that role.
Watch the interaction below from 14th minute :
Source : Waste Paper
Linguswamy went on to explain about how the story of “Sandakozhi” didn’t convince many top producers and actors but received well by the audience. On the work front, the filmmaker is currently working on the remake of “Rangasthalam” in which Raghava Lawrence is going to play the lead role. Vijay who is all set to be seen in “Master”, has confirmed his next project with director A.R Murugadoss which is touted to be a sequel of his blockbuster film “Thuppakki”.