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Exclusive! Nivin Pauly: Working with Ram helped me as a performer primarily because he is a good human being

The upcoming Ram directorial marks the Mahaveeryar actor's second straight Tamil film after Gautham Ramachandran’s Richie

Exclusive! Nivin Pauly: Working with Ram helped me as a performer primarily because he is a good human being
Nivin Pauly and Ram on the sets of the film
  • Sanjith Sidhardhan

Last Updated: 02.36 AM, Jul 23, 2022


It took Premam star Nivin Pauly almost four years to sign his next Tamil film after Gautham Ramachandran’s Richie, which had hit theatres in 2017. But the experience of having worked with National Award-winning filmmaker Ram though was well worth the wait, says the actor.

In an exclusive interview with OTTplay, Nivin opened up about working in the Tamil film, which he says is different from the previous films that Ram had helmed. The acclaimed filmmaker’s earlier movies include Thanga Meenkal, Taramani and Peranbu.

Nivin, who had begun shooting for the yet-to-be-titled Tamil movie last year, had completed his portions for the film in May. “Working with him has helped me as a performer. The primary reason is that he is a good human being,” says the actor. “Also, we get to learn a lot from how he explains each character and how they would behave in each sequence. He would always remind us to stay true to the character; he’s got a meter and your job as a performer while working in his film is just to emote. So, you just have to be the character, it’s simple and at the same time an enjoyable process.”

Apart from Nivin, the film also has Anjali, Soori and also a cameo from a leading actor, who is yet to be revealed. The movie was shot in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and is produced by Maanaadu’s Suresh Kamatchi, who had earlier taken to his social media page to say that Nivin has put on an “impeccable performance” in the movie, which could be the “best in directorial career” of Ram.

Meanwhile, Nivin’s first theatrical release since the pandemic – Mahaveeryar – hit theatres on July 21. The fantasy courtroom drama, which is helmed by Abrid Shine and also has Asif Ali and Shanvi Srivastava, has the actor playing the role of a time-travelling ascetic named Apoornananthan.