Actor Gautham Karthik will be looking to kick off 2023 on a strong note as his first big release of the year, Pathu Thala, starring Silambarasan TR in the lead role is set to launch in theatres on March 30. Awaiting the release of his August 16, 1947, in April, the Kadal actor recently sat down for an interview with National Award-winning film critic Baradwaj Rangan, the Editor-in-Chief of Galatta Plus, to share his experiences about working alongside STR, while also explaining how Pathu Thala had changed hands from Kannada filmmaker Narthan to Sillunu Oru Kaadhal director Obeli N. Krishna.
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Speaking about his journey of working in Pathu Thala and how it's different from Mufti in Kannada, Gautham Karthik said, "I think it’s gonna be a feast for the general audience. It was quite a journey because originally it was I think most people know now. It was a remake of Mufti, and by the same director Narthan, who had come here and decided we will do it here in Tamil. And, STR and I were on board with Studio Green and we shot for about 18 days in June 2019. There was then a huge gap and then Corona happened obviously, and then Krishna sir decided, 'Okay I will take it up. I will revamp it.' So, we can tell now that it's been inspired rather calling it a remake."
Gautham Karthik added, "There are characters with the same traits. There are characters, which aren’t there in Mufti at all. There are lines similar to Mufti and there are lines that are totally different. When I see the film, now I can’t see the same movie. I watched that film too. I really like that film and now I have a totally different character from what Srimurali sir has played there. And, when I was doing it before, I was scared because if you’ve seen him, physically he is huge. He has got a presence and one rough voice, and it looks good for that character. I began thinking how was I going do this. I have a very soft face and I don’t look terrifying, I don’t look imposing, that power isn’t like that. When we were thinking how to change that image, Krishna sir came up with the idea of the long hair and the grunge look. He even said, 'Why don’t we try different angles for you?' So, we played around. If you watch the film, I’ll have a totally different feel to it and we really experimented on this character. And, I finally got into a perfect body language, mannerism and I’ve done whatever I best could. The audience should tell if it has worked out or not."
Watch Gautham Karthik in conversation with Baradwaj Rangan in the video below: