Was surprised that Mahendran refused more acting opportunities after ‘Theri’: Udhayanidhi Stalin

Udhayanidhi Stalin-Namitha Pramod-Parvathi Nair starrer ‘Nimir’ is directed by Priyadarshan, one of the country’s most celebrated filmmakers. The film produced by Santhosh T Kuruvilla under the banner Moonshot Entertainment has now wrapped up the shoot and is gearing up for release on January 26th. “So far, I have produced 4 Malayalam films and this is my maiden debut in Tamil film industry. I feel proud and elated to have a legendary filmmaker like Priyadarshan, who has already directed 93 regional films, which are box office winners. We at ‘Nimir’ team are gleeful to see that the film has come out well,” said producer Santhosh Kuruvilla. “Nimir is a much important film in my career, and I have inherited a lot of experience working with a well-experienced team. I feel lucky to have got an opportunity to share screen space with Udhayanidhi Stalin,” said Parvathy Nair.

Udhayanidhi Stalin said, “One day, I got a call from Priyadarshan sir asking me to act in his direction. In fact, he hadn’t watched any of my previous movies, which in one way I would say is good. When we are performing along with renowned actors, we remain awestricken. Such was an immense experience working Mahendran sir. I was yet more fascinated to hear him say that he got many opportunities to act after ‘Theri’, which he refused. But he gave the nod to ‘Nimir’ only for the sake of Priyadarshan sir. I am fortunate to have shared the screen space with him. After watching the film in the preview, my wife appreciated me saying that I have done a better job than Manithan, but only halfway to Fahadh Faasil’s performance. I am so much happy that she approved me for my performance. Everyone who saw ‘Nimir’ has acknowledged it as Priyadarshan sir’s best till the date. We are planning to release the film on January 26.” (Also Read: Theri, Kaththi: films starring Thalapathy Vijay that deserve Bollywood treatment)

Filmmaker Priyadarshan said, “There have been quite long intervals between my films over the past few years. The reason is that I didn’t want to spoil the reputation earned over the years. In this situation, where only eight films are left to touch my 100th directorial, I take earnest efforts to choose each film. Moreover, the movies that we make should first impress us. The film required an actor with the normal yet realistic look, and I felt Udhayanidhi would do justice to the role. I told him not act, but behave like the character, and he ultimately got transformed into it. He plays an ordinary person named National Selvam, a photographer who has never been a disturbance to anyone in the neighbourhood. But his life takes a turn when he is actively embarrassed and decides not to wear slippers until he seeks revenge. We have just adapted the premise of the original version and have modified the screenplay with commercial ingredients. Samuthirakani and M.S. Bhaskar have been more helpful throughout the shooting.”