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When Vadivelu’s overacting caught Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal Haasan off-guard

At Ungal Naan event, Vadivelu said Kamal Haasan has given him the much-needed break in his career for the second time.

Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Updated: November 19, 2019 1:12:35 pm
Tamil comedian Vadivelu in trouble Vadivelu recalls a funny incident during the making of Thevar Magan.

Vadivelu attended the recently held Ungal Naan event which celebrated matinee idol Kamal Haasan’s 60 years in the Indian film industry. And the comedian did what he does best and left everyone in the audience in splits. He kept everyone in the venue hooked to his speech as he went down memory lane. He also recalled Kamal’s encouragement that played a vital role in strengthening his position in the industry during the early days of his career.

Kamal offered a role to Vadivelu in Thevar Magan during the shooting of Singaravelan (1992). Arguably, it is the only non-comic role of Vadivelu so far. “While shooting of Singaravelan, Kamal asked me to go to his Raaj Kamal office next morning and collect an advance payment for my role in his next film, Thevar Magan. But, I was not ready to wait until the next morning. So I went to his office the same evening after the shoot,” he said and noted that he went home that day with a cheque of Rs 5,000 from Kamal’s office.

Vadivelu said he was so grateful for having had the opportunity to work with acting legends like Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal so early in his career. He had played the role of a loyal servant to the family, which was headed by patriarch Periya Thevar (played by a wonderful Sivaji Ganesan).

The actor also recalled a shooting spot incident, which had everyone in the auditorium in splits. “We were shooting the death scene of Sivaji Ganesan sir. Kamal sir told me and Sangili Murugan to cry well in the scene. And I thought to myself that I will overtake everyone with this performance. Sangili Murugan and I started to cry out loud in competition. We were so loud that Sivaji Ganesan sir, who was acting dead, woke up,” Vadivelu noted. He even said the late thespian gave Sangili Murugan and Vadivelu an earful that even caught Kamal off-guard.

“Sivaji Ganesan sir knew that we would spoil a good scene by our overacting,” he added.

Vadivelu noted that Thevar Magan helped him to catch the much-needed break in his career at the time. “Kamal sir persuaded me to come to this event today and has given me this opportunity,” he said, suggesting that the Viswaroopam star has given him another much-needed break in his career. He has been roped in for Kamal’s upcoming film Thalaivan Irukiran.

Vadivelu’s acting career had hit a rough patch after he tried his luck in politics by leading a no-holds-barred campaign for DMK in 2011. Following this, his opportunities started drying up and the audience got to see him on the big screen rarely. The actor who used to have a slew of releases every year only appeared in about six films between 2012 and 2017. He was last seen in Vijay starrer Mersal.

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