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'Being the bad guy is part of my destiny'

Megha Shenoy , Nov 15, 2012, DHNS

Versatile artiste

positive attitude Vidyut Jammwal

The much anticipated Tamil movie Billa 2 may have received mixed reviews but action junkies couldn’t have missed Vidyut Jammwal’s performance as the leader of the Russian arms mafia. Trained in martial arts, he has played yet another negative role in A R Murugadoss’s recently released Tamil flick Thuppakki.

The film, that has Vijay in the lead, was one of the most anticipated ones. And people are already going gaga over the promos posted online.

The actor is keenly following the reactions. “One person has actually written ‘not another good looking villain in the industry’. I found this comment to be very funny,” says Vidyut.
After his debut in the John Abraham-starrer, ‘Force’, Vidyut was seen in negative roles but the actor says that he has no qualms being typecast, just as long as he is known as the best action-man in the industry.

“What can I say? I have a soft corner for action movies. And I guess being the bad guy is part of my destiny. I have accepted it and learnt to live with it but that doesn’t mean I am not excited about my films,” he adds.

Talking about Thuppakki, Vidyut says that the first reason he took it up was because of director A R Murugadoss. But meeting the man himself was a funny incident, he recalls. “I went to meet him and I was very nervous and excited that I was meeting such a reputed film-maker. But our interaction lasted only for four minutes. He saw me and all he said to me was ‘we are starting shoot soon and I like your body. So keep it the way it is’, and I was on board,” he adds.

Villains in movies have changed over time and of late, many film-makers have been adding depth to the villain’s character. But Vidyut believes that this has always been there. “Villains or the ‘bad guy’ have always had enough scope to perform from the very beginning. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is that the villain can never outshine the hero,” he says.

And like any actor, he too aspired to play the leading man. Soon, Vidyut will be seen in his first main lead in the Hindi movie, ‘Commando’. Again an action-packed adventurous film, Vidyut says that he is also looking forward to this film. But can one ever see Vidyut as a romantic hero?

“I don’t know. I have never believed in planning anything in my life. I have always accepted and taken things as and when they come. I never thought I would act but I knew if I had to take my martial arts to a bigger platform, this medium would be perfect. Today, I am doing something I am passionately in love with,” he says.


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