It is not often that a filmmaker gets the chance to work with a top star consecutively for three films. But Atlee has managed to do that by making three films with Vijay — Theri, Mersal and now, Bigil. The director says that his equation with Thalapathy has stayed the same from Day One. “With every film, we have a responsibilty to be better than our previous film. He is very keen to get me to the next level and I also consider it my responsibility to give him something bigger than in his last film. It’s mutual respect and love,” he says.
So, what was Vijay’s reaction when he heard the film’s script? “Generally, during narrations, he’d be silent, and I, too, would be serious, but this time, even during the first narration, he was very happy, and was laughing at many places. It was fun and entertaining. There will be semma entertainment in the film… the fun and emotion that you would have seen in Ghilli and Pokkiri,” promises the director.
Atlee says that even before beginning his narration, he told Vijay that this project came with a huge responsibility. “I said I’d list out the reasons for why I was saying so after the narration. Finally, after the narration, I told him that I am trying to push for a release in China to justify the budget and the content of the film. We both were clear that we had to take this to the next level because it had the perfect combination of elements,” he reveals.
Even when they approached the producers, the duo told them that in addition to Tamil and Telugu, they should get the film released in China as well. “The Chinese audience loves sports; films on women empowerment work there; they also like to watch gangster movies. So, we are working towards a China release, and will be going for a separate cut for that version,” informs the filmmaker.Source:Entertainment