Vijaya Gurunatha Sethupathi Kalimuthu (born 16 January 1978), is known as Vijay Sethupathi in the world of cinema. He is referred to as one of the best actors by those who are strugglers and acting students. He is an Indian actor and producer who primarily acts in Tamil cinema, and has also worked in few Hindi, Malayalam, and Telugu films. Fans and media refer to him as “Makkal Selvan”, meaning “People’s Treasure”, he has featured in more than 50 films encompassing varied profitable projects.
These are some of his quotes:
“Caste has divided us. I wish it should be completely abolished from our society.”
India is a country where people and civilization are blamed for being religious but no one understands and emphasizes that India is a cultural country. Religion does not mean caste and the meaning of religion is broader than discussed everywhere. Caste has become a factor of discrimination and is the fundamental step for every politician. Everyone uses caste as the stepping stone for discriminating against someone. We must just pray to the universe that India will understand the importance of spirituality and stop judging people based on the cast. We all are humans and we are the same.
“I never take credit for my movie’s success. I am the face of the movie, but there are numerous unsung heroes behind the scene. From the director, cameraman, and editor to the light boy, everyone knows how difficult it is to satisfy the audience.”
The movie is an art of a group and cannot be just celebrated by a single person. We can never say that the presence of superstars made this cinema successful. Those who are visible on-screen are 10-20 but those who are working behind the camera are almost 500 so those 500 people also must get credit for the accomplishment. The cameraman is working day and night, the team of production wakes up early in the morning and sleeps at 2:00 or 3:00 in the “Brahma muhurta.” Actors constitute 20% of the entire cinema and are acclaimed everywhere. We must respect everyone’s efforts and dedication.
“Your present is shaped by your yesterday, but you don’t have to advertise it.”
We all are struggling in life. Everyone achieves success after sacrificing something. People these days live life and struggle a lot just to advertise it while narrating the success story. This is unethical and inappropriate. We must keep our struggles in our minds and live life in a humble manner.
“I surrender to my directors. I do that because I respect them immensely. In fact, a director’s talent scares me. I admit that they’re more intelligent than me, Even when I have suggestions to make, I don’t state them strongly.”
Becoming a director’s actor is the most influential thing in one’s career. Director is more intelligent than us as he has acquired knowledge of every aspect and wants to capture the entire thing and say something. Surrendering to the director makes it easy for him to narrate the story.
“The story is important for any movie, for it is in the film industry, the consumer pays the money before he or she gets the product. So, the responsibility of delivering a good product is on us.”
People pay for content and it is our prime responsibility to deliver quality content. Entertaining and holding them for 3 hours is a strenuous task. Everyone must devote their everything while creating that product.
“When an actor decides to play a character, he must exude some sort of charisma and look relatable, even if he is playing the role of a really unattractive person.”
An actor must try to break his comfort zone and play disgusting characters as well. Charisma and image must be kept in our pocket while performing an ugly character. An actor must reshape his soul as per the characters.
“If a film is suitable for family viewing, it should remain so, and if a film has some adult content, it should remain so, and these genres should never be mixed and spoil the vision of the storyteller.”
The storyteller wants to tell a story so censorship must be there but freedom of speech while performing something must be given to that artist. People also must understand and watch films as per the genres. If a person wants to watch an adult film then he must watch it with friends but must not take his children.