Silambarasan TR's Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu is out in theatres and the actor recently sat down with National Award-winning film critic Baradwaj Rangan, the Editor-in-Chief of Galatta Plus, to talk about the film and his growth along with director Gautham Vasudev Menon in cinema. Talking about the changes within themselves since he first started working with Gautham Menon, Simbu said, "Definitely. For him and for me. This film is a growth for both of us. See, whether a movie is successful or not, what I believe right now is, what did I do for the film? Nowadays, everyone says one thing that is the utmost cringe like the public will not understand these things, they will not accept all this, this won't perform at 'B' and 'C' centers. Today, all that doesn't matter. And, today, people are talking about pan-India, this and that. It's not like that. Today, across India, people are watching films that have good content. That's about it. You take a Hindi film or a Telugu film or a Malayalam film or a Kannada film, languages don't stop the audiences. Is the film good? Everybody is watching and that is a good thing. But, we're turning that into something negative and asking, 'why is this film not performing?' or, 'why is that film not getting a good response?' We should not compare. Whichever film is good, everyone is going to watch it."
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Silambarasan further stated, "For Gautham also, if you see this film, it's not in his space and is in a completely different zone. And, I wanted this to be made in Tamil cinema because there needs to be a change. I liked Sarpatta Parambarai and I used to keep saying like there are few aspects in it and we have to push cinema forward like that. If you look at Vikram too, everybody will be talking about a lot of other things, but there are several intricate details that Lokesh had changed in order to cater to today's youngsters. So, in that aspect, I think Gautham has done that. But, we didn't promote all this saying we've made a great film and from the beginning, we didn't say all that because people are very irritated with all these things like talking in high regard. Today, the audience is very clear and we have to respect them. Earlier, we used to think we are this and that, but that doesn't matter at all today. Like there's a carpenter, I'm just an actor. So, I don't consider myself as someone who has descended up from the heavens, this image and the build-up that's being given... see, the love which fans have towards you, that is entirely different. But, as an actor, we should not take that to our head. We shouldn't behave in a haughty manner thinking we've made a great film for the ages. So, what I'm saying is, we have genuinely tried something and let the audience see and say whether it's a good film or a bad film. But, when you ask me, what I can tell you is, as a director or an actor, from our side, we have given our heart and soul to this film. We've tried to genuinely push the bar a little further ahead. We've included a few realistic elements in the film, without too many cliches. If you watch the film, I'll be able to talk about it. After the film comes out, maybe we can discuss it. But, in that way, we both have grown in this film. As I said before, as an actor, there's that thing about performing in a simple and subtle manner, and I've been that Muthu throughout this film. I didn't try to overshadow it with my own persona as Simbu the actor. I didn't bring it anywhere at any point. We've worked very hard to do this film."
Check out Silambarasan TR in a conversation with Baradwaj Rangan in the interview below: