Vijay’s balancing act

He is well-known as a television personality, but now, Vijay Adiraj says that he might have put the small screen behind him. No, the actor is not quitting acting, but has now made the transition to the big screen as a director. Vijay is now busy with the post production work of his directorial debut Puthagam, which stars Sathya and Rakul Preet Singh in the lead.

“The film is a commercial entertainer with comedy as its base. The plot revolves around three youngsters who stumble upon a book and how their lives take a turn after that. And, there is my justification for the title as well,” begins the director.

Though it might have younger stars in the lead, the film has a host of established seniors like Tollywood actor Jagapathi Babu, Suresh, Crazy Mohan, Uma Padhmanabhan and Santhana Bharathi as its supporting cast.

Given that there are dime a dozen films starring newcomers releasing in Tamil cinema these days, Vijay says that his film’s unique content will make it stand out. “There is a very intriguing twist in the climax, which will ensure that people talk about this film. Plus, I have roped in talented technicians to be part of my crew and they have made the canvas of the film grand,” he says.

The film is shot by Laxman of Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu fame, while James Vasanthan (who is also from the small screen) has composed the music. Vijay claims that they have come up with the first hard rock song in Tamil cinema. “Written by Madhan Karky, the song is about money and will have all the currencies of the world in it. James went to the US and recorded it with an Afro jazz band, who are yet to name themselves,” he reveals.

Vijay says that his preparation during the pre-production stage kept him in good steed during the actual shoot. “I was able to wrap up the film in 60 days, which was what I had promised my producer. When you plan everything while writing your film, half your job is done,” he signs off.