The Arya-Santhanam duo has been a beloved on-screen combo and delighted audiences last in 2015's Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga, while also sharing screen space in films like Oru Kalluriyin Kathai, Chikku Bukku, Boss Engira Bhaskaran, Settai, and Raja Rani. Among the films, they have starred in together, 2010's Boss Engira Bhaskaran, directed by M. Rajesh and also starring Nayanthara, went on to become a massive box office success and continues to be remembered for its comedy and the on-screen camaraderie between the two stars. That being said, Arya, who will next be seen in the much-awaited sci-fi action thriller Captain releasing in theatres on September 8, met the press along with the film's other cast and crew members, with Santhanam as a guest of honor, who spoke about his interest in doing a sequel to Boss Engira Bhaskaran.
Speaking at the Captain press meet, Santhanam said, "Ever since I started taking up hero roles, I have been offered double-hero subjects, and many have called me to do guest roles too. I haven't done any such roles. I'm walking on a track of my own. But, I often say one thing to Arya - if you ever do Boss Engira Baskaran 2, I will come and act alongside you. I say this because that's the friendship we share and he's a true friend. Even when I was a comedian, Arya would encourage me to take up exercising, cycling, swimming, and so on. No matter what you do, you must be like a hero, he’d be telling me."
Santhanam, who was recently seen in Gulu Gulu, further added, "In Boss Engira Baskaran, he gave me a full-length screen space and my love and encouragement for anything he does will always be there. I request everyone to go watch his new film in theatres as Arya is involved as a producer and is a story about aliens. I used to tell him when we were doing Boss Engira Baskaran that the amount of exercise he does and the physique he has built should be utilized well and that he should appear like Arnold (Schwarzenegger) with a gun and shoot, but instead, you're doing comedy with me here in Kumbakonam. My wishes to the entire team of Captain as they've not done a film about the military and the army going after terrorists, but instead tackling aliens, which is a new concept."
Being distributed by Udhayanidhi Stalin's Red Giant Movies banner, Captain directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan of Miruthan and Tik Tik Tik fame is the second time the filmmaker has collaborated with Arya after last year's Teddy and also stars Aishwarya Lekshmi as the female lead, followed by Simran, Kavya Shetty, Thyagarajan, Harish Uthaman, Gokul, and Bharath Raj in supporting roles, and features music by D. Imman. The film is produced by Arya's The Show People in association with Think Studios and is a -sci-fi action adventure revolving around humans encountering creatures of a new species.
Watch Santhanam's speech at the Captain press meet below: