Tamil actor Arya says that Urumi will be a landmark film in Malayalam. He should certainly hope so quite simply because it is his maiden film in Malayalam.
Although he does a cameo in it, Arya seems to spent a great time on the sets shooting the film and working with Santosh Sivan, which is perhaps a dream fulfilled for him.
Taking a break in between shooting Linguswamy's Tamil film Vettai, Arya walks down the Urumi lane.
How did you get a role in Urumi?
It was all because of Santosh Sivan. While I was shooting for Bala's Avan Ivan a few months ago, I got a call from Santosh and he said I have this cameo for you. I was happy about it.
Were you excited to do the cameo? Did he narrate the role?
Yes, I was! I have heard a lot about Santosh Sivan. He is a legend. I have always wanted to work with him. I had also told him that I was interested in working with him. He told me the whole story of the film and my portion specifically.
The film is huge. And it is unique.
It looks like a huge budget film but Santosh made it feasible because he is technically equipped.
He exactly knew what he wanted. I was excited and asked him about how he shot it. Actually everyone had shot before me and my portion was the last to be shot. Since I was curious to know about how the film was shot I saw the rushes and the stills.
Is this your first film in Malayalam?
Yes, it is.
What's the role you play?
I play the first guy who attempted to kill Vasco da Gama. I do a double action cameo.
Did you have to work under tough conditions for the shoot?
Actually the shoot was done at a fast pace. Santosh Sivan is very fast, he works at unbelievable speed and I had to tell him to slow down as I was not used to that speed. Coping with that speed was tough.
For how many days and where did you shoot?
I shot at Udupi for five days.
Did you have any scenes with Prithviraj, Prabhudeva, Genelia, etc.?
I had a scene with Prithviraj.
How was it shooting with him?
It was great. Prithviraj is a talented actor. His diction is perfect. He's friendly and he has a lot of potential. I felt happy working with him.
This is your first experience with Santosh Sivan too. How was he as a director?
Santosh sees things visually. He's got his own style, makes what he believes in. One tends to learn a lot from him. Besides technical brilliance he explains, narrates and acts that's a big gift. It's easy for the actor. At the same time he gives space for improvisation.
Did you dub your dialogues?
No, I didn't.
How was the experience of working in this period film after Madrasipattinam?
This period film (Urumi) was so quick that before I realised, I was done.
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It can't be put in words. It's the feeling of satisfaction with your work and much more.
Are you happy that you worked in Urumi?
Yes. I am hoping to get a bigger role in Santosh Sivan's film next time.