Leading Tamil comedy actor Soori made his hero debut in National Award-winning filmmaker Vetri Maaran's Viduthalai, which is garnering rave reviews. With the first installment of the period crime drama out now in theatres and all sights now set on when the second film will be coming out, Soori sat down for his first big interview after the film's release with National Award-winning film critic Baradwaj Rangan, the Editor-in-Chief of Galatta Plus, and opened up on the missed opportunities that had come his way during filming Vetri Maaran's venture.
Speaking about the chances he had to let go of because of Viduthalai, Soori said, "I've thought about it. I've never taken the missed film opportunities to his knowledge because if he asks me I'll have to say that I had to let go off those chances. Similarly, like he says, if I have nothing, I won't be able to go when he calls me. He'll tell me to be ready this month, but he would have not gone for shooting that month. There have also been many days where there wasn't any shooting. And, if you look at it from his perspective, there will be several reasons. I have been like that on many occasions. Despite all that, the films I've done were the ones he had told me to act in. If I took this to him, he would tell me not to let go of the opportunity. But, there have been instances where I've rejected film offers without asking him. There have definitely been films I've let go along with the money that I will have earned with them."
Regarding what made him choose Viduthalai, Soori stated, "I'm not facing any financial hardships at this point. My bank balance might have increased and the number of films I could have done would have been more, but I realized that I would not get this opportunity ever again. I didn't know when such an offer would come along again. Similar to how I was noticed first by Susienthiran, I didn't know whether another director like Vetri Maaran would notice me. In addition, the audience is watching Soori regularly. But, I have the desire to do something different. I was offered a few more lead roles as a comedian. Instead of me sitting behind the hero on a bike, it would be me riding the vehicle. Even without a hero, it would still be a comedy film. I had the yearning and the belief to do something different, but there was nobody to bring it out from me. I realized this film would garner me a big name and it's because of the name Vetri Maaran. And, at that moment, while sitting inside my caravan, I was confident and told myself that this is a truly great opportunity."
Watch Soori in conversation with Baradwaj Rangan below: