By Latha Srinivasan: Vishnu Vishal is one actor who never shied away from experimenting with his films and that has brought him tremendous success. Now, he has joined hands with director Chella Ayyavu once again after their 2018-film Sillukuvarpatti Singam. However, this time, it’s a completely different film. In Gatta Kusthi, the FIR star plays a wrestler and while everyone believes it is a sports drama based on the trailer, the actor begs to differ. In between his hectic promotional tour, the Gatta Kusthi actor-producer caught up with IndiaToday.in exclusively to talk about his film releasing on December 2 in Tamil and Telugu (Matti Kusthi).
“This film is not a sports drama – it's a pucca commercial mass entertainer!” gushed Vishnu Vishal.“Gatta Kusthi is the biggest film in my career and it has everything from romance to comedy to family sentiment, drama and action. The movie is not just about wrestling, the sport, but also about the wrestling of egos between husband and wife. There are lots of surprises in the film for the audience. So, wait for it!,” he added.
Vishnu Vishal essays the role of Veera and is married to actress Aishwarya Lekshmi. She is an amateur wrestler. “I had to learn wrestling for this film, which was tough. In the movie, Veera learns wrestling in just 15 days to take part in a competition. I actually prepped for 15 days (only) as it had to look authentic. But, the most challenging part is playing the character. Veera is someone who wants to completely control his wife, but he is not evil. I had to make him likable to the audience despite his serious shortcomings and that was tough,” he explained.
As for his co-star, the talented Aishwarya Lekshmi, Vishnu said that the actress has a very strong role in the movie and they needed a solid performer. He said, “The movie is slanted more towards the actress rather than the actor and we needed someone who could be a stand-out performer and Aishwarya has done a great job.”
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Now, that the actor-producer is married to ace badminton player Jwala Gutta, he lives in Hyderabad. And it was Jwala who had been pushing him to foray into the world of Tollywood. “Director Chella Ayyavu narrated the one liner for Gatta Kusthi when we were filming Sillukuvarpatti Singam and I loved it. It was really fun and I decided that I would be producing the film for sure. Jwala has many friends in the Telugu film industry and she pushed me to explore Telugu cinema. When we met Ravi Teja, I showed him some of my films and he liked them. He was keen on knowing what I was doing next. When I told him I was doing Gatta Kusthi, he immediately came on board. I feel truly blessed to have someone like him believe in me and co-produce the film with me,” explained the Indru Netru Naalai star.
Vishnu Vishal also revealed that his wife, Jwala, is someone who lives, breathes and eats cinema. “She is a total movie buff and watches everything from Indian cinema to world cinema. I truly feel that OTT platforms are doing so well in India because of audiences like her, who consume everything possible,” he smiled.
“As an audience member, she has an excellent nose for what works and what doesn’t. Her feedback on my last few films was spot on. She said that Ratsasan and FIR would be hits – and they were. She said that Silukkuvarupatti Singam would work well in the B and C centres and that was right as well. I value her opinion a lot. But, I have always narrated the stories of my upcoming films to people around me to get their feedback. I think this is the best way of gauging whether something will work or not. This also gives scope for improvement. I also hold previews of my films before release to get audience feedback and make changes if required. In fact, I have shown Gatta Kusthi six times to people during its production.”
As he signs off, Vishnu says, “I want to make movies that appeal to all people; tell good stories. While I primarily work in Tamil cinema, I want to make films that have universal appeal. Gatta Kusthi will work with the Telugu audience as well thanks to its story."