Saani Kaayidham, which stars Keerthy Suresh and Selvaraghavan in the lead, is directed by Arun Matheswaran
Last Updated: 01.49 PM, Jun 07, 2022
Keerthy Suresh is basking in the success of her recent outing, Saani Kaayidham, directed by Arun Matheswaran. The revenge drama has Keerthy in a never-before-seen avatar and she teams up with director-turned-actor Selvaraghavan for the first time in her career. The film has been receiving rave reviews from the critics and audience alike and Keerthy's portrayal of the fierce Ponni has been lauded by all. In a chat with OTTplay, the actress talks about the three most challenging sequences in the film.
It took almost half a day to complete the scene as I had to deliver the monologue in both Tamil and Telugu. I was a bit unsure about my performance and I kept asking Yamini (Yagnamurthy, cinematographer of the film) Did I do a good job? Was it fine?" until I so the final cut.
The matador murders
This sequence was one of the mass moments of the film, but at the same time, one of the most challenging ones. Let me tell you, driving that matador van is not at all easy! I actually had to take lessons to drive the van. I drove it around a few times in a huge ground in Rameshwaram before we canned the sequence. On the set, every time I drove the van, there was someone standing in front of the vehicle and I had to slam the brakes at the right time. Arun was like, 'the life of the whole set is in your hands'. It was a huge responsibility and I had to be careful to not hurt anyone. It was not at all easy to pull off that scene, where I had to be seen in a mass avatar but be wary of everyone around me.
The death of Sangaiah
It's a crucial scene as this is the first time in the film, when Ponni bursts out crying for someone in her life. She had not even shed tears for her dead husband and daughter though theirs was a close-knit family. Arun showed me videos of women beating their chests and crying at funerals, but I couldn't get to that level because Sangaiah and Ponni had always had a difficult relationship and a strained past. They had always been drifted as siblings. But after the loss of her family, Ponni develops affection towards her half-brother. She must have thought that since her husband and daughter were gone, maybe she could spend the rest of her life with Sangaiah. And with his death, she had lost everything. There was a certain yardstick that I had created for Ponni as a grieving sibling and I didn't want to cross that because of the complicated relationship she had with Sangaiah. It had to be intense, but at the same time, not too intense. It was a difficult scene. Many people who watched the film called it one of the best scenes in the film.