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Your performance in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, as twin brothers who are so different from each other, has been well-received.

Everyone loves Psycho Jimmy but Karate Mani is closer to my heart. I had to work hard on figuring out Mani. It was critical for us to do that. As director Vasan Bala and I were working together again (they did Peddlers in 2012), it was a lot of fun as well as very satisfying. Vasan and I used to return home after the shoot together every day. We knew the audience would give it a chance. I kind of expected them to like the movie and my role in it.

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At the theatres, its like a case of a hare and a tortoise, with we being the latter. Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is a small release with 400-odd screens while Kesari is running in over 4,000 screens. Its ticket sale is slowly picking up, thanks to the word-of-mouth publicity. I have been getting so many messages that my phones battery drains out in three minutes. Of course, I exaggerate (laughs). Im an actor.

Why did cracking Karate Manis character need extra effort?

I had no martial arts background. That apart, I had to do my scenes with one leg. To essay the role of a karate master, it required a certain physicality. I had four months to create that illusion. I knew if I got Mani right, Jimmy would be easy. Like Jimmy, I could do anything since he does not follow any rules. He is an over-the-top character.

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Isnt there an exaggeration of Manis misery too?

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Yes, both are exaggerations. Both the brothers are suffering more in their imagination. Initially, I was overwhelmed. But I learnt to be truthful to their circumstances — which was already written by Vasan.

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Since Mani has one leg, I was always asked to keep one leg hanging and used to wear a green-coloured sock on that leg. So that the CGI effects could be added later. It was a relief to play Jimmy as I could stand on both my legs.

You have done a fair number of mainstream and off-beat movies by now. Where do you see yourself in the industry?

I would like to be more empowered so that people can count on me to try something different and release certain kind of movies that the audience will watch. I dont think Im there yet. What is more important for me is that what I feel about where I am right now rather than where I would like to be. Also, I would like to stop working when I wish to. I have not jumped at every offer that has come to me and tried to maintain a certain versatility.

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How heartbroken were you that your film Peddlers didnt have a theatrical release?

Very. It was not a laugh-out-loud movie like Mard Ko… but travelled to several festivals and received so much appreciation. That was like a proper independent movie. Several people had put money in it after Guneet Monga put up a Facebook post that she is raising money for it. Yet, for it not to have a release was upsetting. We had worked so hard on it. So, it was a reality check for us. Vasan moved on to make ads and write movies while I acted in Goliyon Ki Rasleela: RamRead More – Source

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