He was last seen in Bollywood in …Ram Leela, in the role of Deepika Padukone’s malicious brother. While he has made a name for himself in Bollywood with films like Gulaal, Aks, I Am, to name a few, Abhimanyu Singh has also made a mark in Tamil and Telugu cinema. Right now, he is in the news for a Tamil film 10 Endradhukulla which has Vikram in the lead.
“10 Endradhukulla is a thriller and the characters are all on the run. The film travels from South India traversing through the North, to the mountains where the climax takes place. Mine is a different kind of character; he is very suave and stylish and only later it is discovered that he is not what he looks like. He has a criminal bent of mind. He can speak five languages in the film. The character has many layers and some substance to it,” says the actor mentioning that the title means ‘Before you count 10’.
The actor feels that he is in a happy space in the South adding that recently he did a Telugu film titled Brother of Bommali. “It was a comedy and also had a romantic angle to it. So I am happy that I am not restricting myself to playing only a villain,” he said.
When talking about the experience working in the South, the North-born actor says that the working pattern there is very good. “People in the South are very organised and are thorough professionals besides being good paymasters. They are very disciplined and start and wrap up work on time,” beams Singh who is in awe of Vikram.
Describing him as a wonderful actor and a fine human being, he says, that he has learnt a lot from him. “He likes to interact with everyone on the sets, whether it is a light man or a spot boy. He will always be seen exchanging pleasantries and is in command all the time. He is a very sensitive person and supportive of good talent. It was amazing to work with him,” says Singh who even got time to spend with A.R. Murugadoss, the producer during the 15-day shooting in Gangtok.
Of the director, Vijay Milton, Singh says that since it was the first time that they were working with each other and with time, they became good friends. “There was no communication gap and I could even read his mind,” smiles the actor who says that the film is almost complete with only the climax remaining to be shot in January in either Ladakh or Kathmandu. “The film has been shot in Coimbatore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gangtok, and Sambhar in Rajasthan,” mentions the actor who has South films like Pandaga Chesko in which he plays the parallel lead with Ram and has Sonal Chauhan opposite him. He plays a smuggler in Swami Dada and the villain in a film directed by B. Gopal which has Gopichand as the hero. Of his Hindi films, he plays the title role in a thriller, Global Baba followed by Guns of Benaras, a thriller which is ready for release.
“I have a long way to go. People are now recognising me there and I have got a fan following. Things are working out for me there,” concludes Abhimanyu Singh.