‘5 songs, 4 fights, all action, no story’

He’s visibly tired, but characteristically amiable nevertheless. No sooner did Madhavan return from a “big holiday” in the US — as much as “a week-and-a-half on work and a week-and-a-half on holiday” qualifies as one — after promoting 3 Idiots, than he was off jet-setting to promote his next release, Teen Patti. “I almost shot simultaneously for the two films as well,” smiles Maddy, “Our shoot in Ladakh (for 3 Idiots) was delayed because it was snowing, and Mr Bachchan (his co-star in Teen Patti) fell ill, which meant that there was just a 2-3 week break between the films.”

And even though he now prefers to be less prolific than he was a few years ago, Madhavan says that the relatively short break was enough for him to make the switch from a carefree college student to a hedonistic university professor. “It was enough time for me to change looks and get into character, but I’d rather do one film a year; I don’t need to do 3-4 films a year now,” he says.

Is that why he seems to be choosing multi-starrers in Bollywood as opposed to solo projects in Kollywood? “Right now, the script and the set-up — who’s directing and producing the film — matter to me. I don’t even have a must-work-with list of actors. And I don’t want to do run-of-the-mill stuff: five songs, four fights, all action, no story. As for Tamil films, there’ll be an announcement in two weeks,” he reveals.

Madhavan doesn’t seem to have much on his roster as far as Hindi projects go either. There’s the Aanand Rai directorial, Tanu Weds Manu, and, according to online reports, the Vivek Agnihotri project, Freedom. “Yes, I am doing Freedom, but that’s not something I’m going to say more about at the moment,” he signs off.(TNN)

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