Radio jockey turned actor-filmmaker RJ Balaji is gearing up for the release of the much-awaited Run Baby Run hitting theatres on February 3 and will see him sharing screen space with leading Tamil actress Aishwarya Rajesh. There is quite a lot of buzz surrounding the film as it is billed to be an "edgy thriller" and is the first time RJ Balaji will see in the said genre after predominantly taking up roles that revolve extensively around comedy even as a lead actor. Apart from Run Baby Run, RJ Balaji also has Singapore Saloon in his lineup, with the film's first look unveiled last year by blockbuster filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj, about whom the actor has now opened up during an exclusive interview with Galatta.
Speaking about how he and Lokesh Kanagaraj first got acquainted, RJ Balaji said, "It was around the time of Maanagaram's release and I was at the heights of popularity as a radio jockey back then and I also began acting in films. Many people would ask me to watch their films and I watched Maanagaram at Sangam Theatres. I loved the film as it was extremely well-written as each character had great importance to the story. It had come around the time when I was doing friend roles and was vexed that nobody wrote a relatable character as he did. Toward the end, Munishkanth would look like a hero. I think Lokesh had come to Big FM at the time and I told him about how much I liked the film."
The Mookuthi Amman actor-director further stated, "After he finished Maanagaram, I knew that he was doing Kaithi. I liked Kaithi and lot and am very proud as a friend. The reason I like him a lot is that apart from being friends, he's an inspiration to so many people these days. He's always kind not only to his friends, his team, or the people above him but also to those who work below him. He does his work sincerely. When we spent time together in Mumbai, we discussed each others' projects and I feel he's sorted out for the next 7-10 years. He has plenty of ideas and his LCU (Lokesh Cinematic Universe) will only get bigger and better."
Watch RJ Balaji in the video below: