Athma, directed by Sugeeth, will see Narain playing the role of an autistic man for the first time
Actor Narain has lately been part of some of the most intriguing projects. The actor, who wishes to push his limits, will be next seen in mystery thriller Athma, helmed by Sugeeth. The actor’s first look, released earlier this week, received positive reception from the audience. The actor has now opened up about choosing the character and on how he prepared to play the role of an autistic young man who begins experiencing peculiar voices. As he begins to unravel the mystery behind these voices, he is met with several shocking secrets.
‘Athma came my way when I was in search of films that could prove my acting skills’
In a recent interview, Narain revealed that after starring in a cop role in Kaithi, the actor was more inclined towards playing police characters. The actor also revealed that he was, however, in search of roles that would prove his acting skills. “Although after Kaithi, I was keen on doing cop-based roles, I was also in search of a film that could prove my acting skills. I had rejected almost 10 films, and that was when Athma came my way. Athma is a very important film in my career that challenged me to do better in my craft,” the actor said.
He also revealed that he had undergone severe physical transformation to play the role in the Tamil film. “When they narrated the story to me, I doubted whether I could play such a character. I gained the courage to act after watching Kamal Haasan's 'Sippikkul Muthu’. I even got to interact with people suffering from autism and to learn their body language. I struggled a lot to for the training. It took me two years to play this role as I had to gain 12 kilo weight. They say this character will win me awards. I can't say much about that, although recognition of my talent is what I am seeking,” the actor elaborated.
About Athma’s cast and crew
Apart from Narain, the film's cast also includes Bala Saravanan, Kaali Venkat, Shritha Shivadas, and Kaniha in key roles. Directed by Sugeeth and bankrolled by Najeeb Kadiri, Athma’s technical team consists of Vivekh Menon handling the camera work. While the screenplay is penned by Rakesh Sankar, Chandru has written the dialogues. Music for the upcoming film is scored by Mangal Suvarnan and Shashwath Sunil Kumar, and the editing is handled by Naveen P Vijayan. The release date of the film is yet to be announced.