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Just because Vikram is a hit, doesn't mean I will work on Thalapathy67 in a lethargic manner: Lokesh Kanagaraj

The director said that Kamal Haasan was the biggest factor for the success of Vikram

  • P Sangeetha

Last Updated: 03.40 AM, Jun 18, 2022

Just because Vikram is a hit, doesn't mean I will work on Thalapathy67 in a lethargic manner: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Vikram Success Meet

Lokesh Kanagaraj is basking in the success of his latest directorial venture, Vikram, starring Kamal Haasan in the lead. The film, which has surpassed the box office collections of many biggies in Tamil, is now emerging as one of the highest grossers in the Tamil film industry. The Vikram team held a success meet for the film in Chennai last evening, which was attended by Kamal Haasan, Lokesh Kanagaraj, Anirudh Ravichander and Udhayanidhi Stalin along with many others who were part of the team.

Speaking at the event, Lokesh said, "When people call Vikram a cinematic universe, it makes me a bit jittery. The reason it worked is because Kamal Haasan sir gave me that kind of space and freedom to work. He was my producer, my film's hero and my matinee idol, whom I have grown up watching and admiring. So, when I was making a film for him, I had to ensure that it wasn't an ordinary fare. I have to thank the lockdown for that, because I got some time to work and improvise on the script. Vikram has a crossover from other films, many characters from there could be included here and it was all an experiment. And Kamal sir is someone who has been experimenting throughout his career. The way he perceived the script is the reason for the success. No matter how many times I thank him, it's not enough.

Calling Kamal Haasan the biggest factor for the success of the film, Lokesh said, "Kamal sir is one the biggest reasons the film is such a hit. The way he promoted the film was aggressive. By the time I gave an interview to one YouTube channel and headed to another studio, he would have flown off to another state for the film's promotions. If we left no stone unturned with the post production of the film, he left no stone unturned with the promotions. We barely slept during the last few days ahead of the release. It was not easy."

Lokesh said that he also got a piece of advice from Kamal Haasan after the film emerged successful. "The moment the film became a hit, Kamal Haasan sir called me and spoke to me for half an hour. He said, 'The film is a success and your job is done. Now go to office and begin the work on your next film. Do not take a break!'" Lokesh stated that Vikram's success has increased his responsibilities. "Just because Vikram is a blockbuster, it doesn't mean that I will work in a lethargic manner in my next movie (Thalapathy67). In fact, I will work more responsibly and with greater confidence that you have all given me during Vikram." The team later dined together and picture of Lokesh Kanagaraj having dinner with Kamal Haasan has gone viral on the internet.