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Exclusive! Never expected to see myself in Thunivu trailer, was a surprise of a lifetime, says model-turned-actor Vishwanath

The actor says that after working in the film, he has become a lifelong fan of Ajith

Exclusive!  Never expected to see myself in Thunivu trailer, was a surprise of a lifetime, says model-turned-actor Vishwanath
Vishwanath; (right) With Ajith on the set of Thunivu
  • P Sangeetha

Last Updated: 12.11 PM, Jan 07, 2023

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When Ajith's Thunivu trailer released amid much fanfare on December 31,2022,  little did model-turned-actor Vishwanath expect that he would find a place in it. "I was indeed surprised when the trailer was out," he says. Vishwa, who is seen as an Army personnel in the trailer, adds that it all started after one of his friends went for a screen test for the film. "My friend then suggested that I, too, give it a shot, since I had the 'look' for the character. Before I knew it, I was on board and was asked to join the team on the sets in Hyderabad."

And when the ship is spearheaded by a captain like director H Vinoth, you know that you are in an environment where each and everyone will shine, says Vishwa. " H Vinoth sir treated the film like one would treat a baby, with utmost care and dedication. The team spirit was always high because of the reason. "

Though the actor remains tight-lipped about the details about the film, he says  that he never even dreamt that one day he would share screen space with Ajith. He considers  it a lifetime opportunity. "How many of us actually get to work with the man? At first, I was a bit nervous. But the moment I walked into the set, I seemed to easily fit in. I know many people have already said this about Ajith sir, but I must say that he stands out in the crowd. Even if is on shoot mode, he is situationally aware about what people around him are going through and ensures that everyone around is comfortable. If you are only about to give your 60 per cent, a pep talk with him ensures that you give your cent per cent ."

Vishwa adds, "I shot for quite a few days for the film and we chatted about our family, work and et al. When we had landed abroad for our shoot, he asked me to call him personally if I needed any help. He was thronged by fans at the airport and he obliged for pictures with each one of them. And all this with his luggage in tow! He would say, "I am just an actor doing my job". It's his humility that won over me. I have seen Ajith sir from far and was an admirer, but now I am a huge fan."

Vishwa with Samuthirakani on the set of Thunivu
Vishwa with Samuthirakani on the set of Thunivu

The actor also states that actor Samuthirakani, too, was a huge source of inspiration. "Every time I did a good job, he would appreciate it and when I struggled, he would motivate me saying "You can do it better, Vishwa." I learnt so much from him as well. As far as Thunivu is concerned, it seemed like everything fell quickly into place - right from my onboarding, flight schedules, accommodation to dietary requirements - some fabulous work went behind the screen as well."

So, where is he planning to watch Thunivu? "I am planning to catch an early show.  The team has generated the right amount of curiosity and there will be quite a few surprises for the fans."

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