Arvind Swamy is a man of few words but he does not mince them when he has to open up. On Saturday, in between his flights, he took some time to chat with his fans on Twitter. Answering varied questions about his career and life in general, he shed light on some interesting developments in his career. One such exciting update is that he has directorial plans.
When asked if he plans to don the director’s hat, Arvind replied in affirmative and said he might hopefully take the plunge in 2018. When the fan asked what kind of director audiences can expect to see in him, the Roja actor said: “Expect the unexpected.”
Having made a smashing comeback in 2015 with Tamil action-thriller Thani Oruvan, Arvind has been having a dream run with interesting projects such as Dhruva and Bogan to his credit. Even though he had only one release (Bogan) this year, he said, “It was a crazy year with lots of work and travel. Loved it though.” This year, he shot for four Tamil films which include Sathuranga Vettai 2, Bhaskar Oru Rascal, Vanangamudi and Naragasooran.
In 2018, he will begin shooting for Mani Ratnam’s yet-untitled Tamil multi-starrer project. The film will also star Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Fahadh Faasil, Jyothika and Aishwarya Rajesh. Asked about reuniting with Ratnam, whom he considers his mentor, Arvind said, “I’m part of the project. Can’t say more as boss doesn’t like it. Look forward to working with all as a team.” The film with Mani Ratnam will be his sixth outing with the auteur with whom he has worked in memorable projects such as Roja and Bombay among others. When a fan asked him to choose between the two films, he said, “Both mean different things to me. Cherish the memories of both.
Arvind is thrilled to team up with young filmmakers such as Karthick Naren, who made a splash last year with the critically-acclaimed Dhruvangal 16. Both of them have joined hands for Naragasooran, a thriller co-starring Indrajith Sukumaran, Sundeep Kishan and Shriya Saran. When asked to comment about Mani Ratnam and Karthick, Arvind said that the former is an accomplished filmmaker and the latter has great potential. “I’d love to work with both anytime.”
Arvind also clarified that his focus at the moment is only on doing more Tamil films. When a fan asked when he will do Telugu films again, he said, “I will surely dub the movies that I have done in Telugu.”