Vinay Rai became an instant sensation after his debut in Unnaale Unnaale (2006) and became a household name after the success of Jayamkondaan (2009). Having been seen in films like Endrendrum Punnagai (2013), and Sundar. C's Aranmanai (2014), he made a transition to negative roles in Vishal's Thupparivaalan (2017), Sivakarthikeyan's Doctor (2021), and Suriya's Etharkkum Thunindhavan (2022), and is set to be seen as the antagonist once again in the highly-anticipated Hip Hop Tamizha-starrer Veeran directed by ARK Saravan of Maragadha Naanayam fame produced under the prestigious Sathya Jyothi Films banner.
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With Veeran gearing up for a huge release on June 2, Vinay recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Galatta to share his experience of working in the superhero film, while also opening up on the challenges he has faced in the film industry over the years. When asked whether he has always been straightforward in his life and career, Vinay explained, "See, I'll be honest with you... it hasn't been easy. I'll not lie to you. I've been very lucky. I've been really blessed. And, I'm thankful to the public for accepting me like this. They accepted me when I acted as a hero. When I acted as a villain, they accepted me. And, for me, I'm not more than anything. That's my livelihood. I love what I do. I'm thankful for it. Believe me, I'm thankful for it. If you ask me the reason why, I don't know what it is. Maybe it's God's blessings. Maybe it's your goodness. But, it hasn't been easy."
Vinay then explained how he has witnessed the highs and the lows in his career and said, "I have gone from a lot of work to being out of work in no time. This industry has got ways of challenging you, but my only thing is, I have decided to stand and fight. (If) you put me down, I will still keep going back. I'll still do movies because I love doing it. You can keep wasting your time trying to put me down or doing whatever you want to do. I'm just doing my work and going on. And, I'm happy. I'm getting so much more work now. I'm busy in three different industries. And, I get to work with some really good actors, really good directors. I don't have to spend more than 20 days in a movie. I keep shifting from one project to another project. And, if you like my work, it's like a huge gain for me. I'm happy. What's wrong with it?"
Watch Vinay Rai talk about Veeran in the video below: