From Vedalam To Mersal, Antony Ruben On 5 Mass Movies He’s Edited, Film Companion

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From Vedalam To Mersal, Antony Ruben On 5 Mass Movies He’s Edited, Film Companion

I’ve always seen Sivakarthikeyan as a friend. It was wonderful that he had turned into a mass hero and that we got to work together in Remo. He has a great fan following so working on the film was quite challenging. I had to ensure that the comic portions were well-timed and that the humour was in the right proportion. I watched it like an audience member would.

As Sivakarthikeyan plays a cross-dresser in the film, I referred to Avvai Shanmugi (the 1996 Tamil remake of Mrs. Doubtfire). Remo did not follow a linear narrative so it was like solving a Rubik’s cube. I had to shuffle, mix, match and intercut scenes, especially those in which he dresses as a nurse and then goes back to thinking about how it happened.

The first time I saw the nurse, I asked the director if this was a body double. I was shocked to find out that it was Sivakarthikeyan himself. His realistic mannerisms, makeup and costumes had me fooled.

There were times Sivakarthikeyan made some typically masculine gestures while dressed as the nurse, which had to be cut.

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