Director Adhik Ravichandran has made a sensational comeback with his latest film, Mark Antony, starring Vishal and S J Suryah in dual roles. The time travel sci-fi entertainer is the talk of the town and continues to be raved about for its many aspects, including bringing yesteryear actress Silk Smitha back to life on the big screen. An important scene in Mark Antony is when Silk Smitha goes to meet Vishal and S J Suryah, who play dons, with Adhik during an exclusive interview with National Award-winning film critic Baradwaj Rangan, the Editor-in-Chief of Galatta Plus, explaining how he conceived their interaction initially, while also opening up on opting to make their costumes in complete gold.
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Talking about Vishal's Antony and S J Suryah's interaction with Silk Smitha in Mark Antony, Adhik Ravichandran explained, "During the initial writing process, the scene was staged as Jackie (S J Suryah) imagining himself walking towards her. However, that wasn't just enough and I felt there should be a reaction when one comes across someone like Silk Smitha. And, if it's Jackie seeing her, someone from within him must come out and that is when we went the extra mile. Up until the day of shooting that scene, we told them that their characters would be wearing the same costumes. And, a day prior to shooting the scene, S J Suryah told me that the same costume should not be worn because there's a transformation in his character and he needs to be shown in a completely different manner. That is when we turned his costume into complete gold." He continued, "S J Suryah sir came out of his caravan on the day at 4:30 a.m. to shoot that scene in the gold costume and we realized we were going to cook something really special. Vishal sir told me that this scene was going to get a huge response. I said that it has come out well and will work out, but was unsure whether there would be a celebration around it."
Watch Adhik Ravichandran in conversation with Baradwaj Rangan in the video below: