It is a rare occurrence you find out about two octogenarians playing the lead in a Tamil film. Be that as it may, debutant executive Vijay Sri G reserved in veteran Charuhasan and Saroja, the grandma of Keerthy Suresh, to play the heroes in his film Dha 87. Chennai Times made up for lost time with the two elderly performers for a fun collaboration.
What influenced you to take up this film?
Charuhasan: I preferred the way he thought of making an old man as the pioneer of a pack. When he initially came to me, I was really confined to bed, so I revealed to him I wouldn’t have the capacity to stroll for some days. Yet, he revealed to me that he would shoot scenes with me, where I needed to lie in overnight boardinghouse my subordinates. This is the means by which we shot for the initial six-seven days. From that point forward, I could stroll with a bolster. At the shooting spot, individuals would take me up to my stamp and there, I’d need to perform activities like standing and strolling. The character is an old criminal with a group whom he orders to do his work. The primary scene he shot with me included a policeman coming to see me. All I needed to do was lift my hand and shout to my subordinate. Be that as it may, when I raise my hand, the policeman supposes I’m going to hit him, and ducks. I chuckle. The general concept that my raised hand influences a policeman to fear me was unfamiliar to me, and set aside me some opportunity to really get it. In any case, when I saw what he had finished with the activity, I started to believe him better.
Saroja: Charuhasan sir and my family have been companions for a long time. One day, I read in the paper that sir would act in the part of a dada. I rang him and asked, “When you are acting at this age, for what reason wouldn’t i be able to act?” He generally calls me his “better half”, so I requesting that he prescribe my name to the chief. Inside thirty minutes, the chief and the maker went to my home. Initially, they needed to know whether I could act and I could communicate in English, yet once they addressed me and saw that I was dependent upon it, they were completely fulfilled.
Charuhasan: She was the headmistress of a school, and her better half was the superintendent of another school. I had acted close by their little girl, Menaka, in a film, and they used to go with her to the shooting spot. That is the place we met and turned out to be great companions, and we kept in contact. In this way, it felt great that both of us were acting together. Truth be told, I addressed her relatives to get their agree to have her demonstration in this film.
Given this is your first appropriate film part (she had made a cameo in Remo prior), how was the experience?
Saroja: First day, konjam apprehensive an irundadhu, yet Charuhasan sir-a paatha udane konjam dhairiyam vandhudichu. In my first shot, he’d shout to me, and I’d need to glance back at him and after that continue strolling. At last, I needed to grin at him. I didn’t have any exchange, and the executive said that I had played out the shot well. That gave me certainty. I cleared out it to the chief to judge whether my acting was great or terrible. He was especially fulfilled. Along these lines, I understood that I could act, and now, I’m playing the grandmother of Karthi in Kadaikutty Singam. Amid the shoot, Charuhasan sir would likewise enable me to out. “The chief is requesting that you take a gander at me, yet why are you taking a gander at him,” he would ask at whatever point I did such an oversight. I would facetiously counter, “Consider the possibility that I took a gander at you for long and really became hopelessly enamored with you?”, and we would have a decent giggle.
Your girl and granddaughter are performing artists, and now, you have begun to act — at 80 years old. Have you generally needed to act?
Saroja: I never figured I should act amid the time Menaka was acting. I would include myself just in exchanges with respect to her dates, expense et cetera. We were a group of instructors, and Menaka was the first in the family to take up acting. Along these lines, I took willful retirement and went to the areas with her. In the wake of finishing a shot, she would come up to me and ask, “Mama, nalla pannena mama?” By and large, individuals don’t anticipate that on-screen characters will act when they achieve a specific age. Is it safe to say that you were fearful in the event that they will acknowledge you?
Saroja: obviously there will be individuals who might ask, “Can’t these oldies sit at home and sit in front of the television? Who will go to the venue to watch them?” My little girl and I were setting off to the current Malayalam artistes affiliation work, and at the airplane terminal, performers Seema and Ambika were alongside us. Seema pulled my leg and asked, “Indha vayasula ungalukku cherish thevaiya? Charuhasan poi edhukku cherish paneenga?” I simply shot back, “Naan enna oru chinna paiyyanaya kadhalichen? Enna vida oru pathu vayasu adhigamanavara thaana kadhalichen?”
Shouldn’t something be said about your relatives? Is it accurate to say that they were stressed over your wellbeing?
Charuhasan: As of now her little girl and granddaughter are performing artists, so for what reason would it be a good idea for them to stress?
Saroja: My girl let me know, “Will you do well? Try not to acquire an awful name amma on the grounds that that will influence me also,” to which, I shot back, “Unaku acting en blood-la irundhu dhaan vandhudhu… Ellaam nalla panniduven po dee”.
Charuhasan: This is brain research. When I began acting, I was never tense, yet the general population who were anxious were my significant other, and Kamal, on the grounds that my disappointment would be their disappointment.
Saroja: obviously, his significant other would have had concerns.
Charuhasan: The thing is, I am 88. At this age, there must be some work to keep me fit to live. I’ve been an effective legal counselor, yet no one is giving me lawful work nowadays. In this way, the main option is completing a film. On the off chance that someone requests that I demonstration in their film, it makes me more joyful. Truth be told, I was sleeping when the chief moved toward me with this offer. Presumably, it was this film influenced me to get up and walk. What number of individuals get the chance to try and live in their 80s?
Saroja: When we get an opportunity to act in films at this age, we genuinely feel cheerful. Gayathri (Keerthy Suresh) will just say, “Paati, please win me a decent name. On the off chance that you don’t, they will ask me, ‘Does your grandmother need to do all this?'”. A few people contrast us and our relatives, which isn’t right. They are more youthful to us. Check whether we have done equity to our parts, and contrast us and the individuals who may be in our age gathering or more seasoned to us. Indeed, even now, in the event that I get any offer, I’d acknowledge it. Obviously, it would be paati part; courageous woman part a kudukka poranga?
Charuhasan: At any rate, she is sensibly versatile. I’m really considering not taking up any movies after this one… predominantly in light of the fact that I’m a disturbance to both my movie producers and myself.
Saroja: No, you are not an aggravation by any stretch of the imagination!
Charuhasan: At that point, you are infatuated with me.
Saroja:Yeah! In any case, how could you comprehend that I’m enamored with you? That implies you are likewise enamored with me.
Is this how you two were at the shooting spot also?
Charuhasan: Adhukku munnadiye ippdithaan.
Saroja: We are great family companions. I really call his significant other “manni”, which makes him my senior sibling.
Charuhasan: When she goes to my home, my significant other comments, “Unga sweetheart vandhachu”.
Saroja: My girl would disclose to Suhasini that she is lucky to have such a father, to which she would jest, “Be his little girl for seven days, at that point you will know the trouble.” That is the manner by which amicable we as a whole are.
Do you get up to speed with motion pictures nowadays?
Charuhasan: Not so much, as it has turned into a strain for me to burn through a few hours sitting in a similar place. I used to watch two movies day by day amid my school days. When I turned into a legal advisor, I had no opportunity to go to films. Possibly, I would go to a Sivaji Ganesan film once in a while in light of the fact that I loved his Parasakthi.
Saroja: I, as well, experienced childhood in towns close Tirunelveli. When I was considering, I’d generally race to the auditorium as I needed to be one to get the main ticket to the primary show. Today, despite the fact that we have top of the line air conditioning theaters, nothing can beat the delight of sitting on a stack of sand and watching a film, while eating on peanuts. That ticket cost only two annas at that point!
At long last, you have been discussing how Kamal Haasan’s odds in governmental issues are extremely constrained. Aren’t you stressed that it may influence your association with your sibling?
Charuhasan: Really, a great many people lack what I said right. Regardless I keep up that there is nobody as brainy as Kamal Haasan, and nobody can improve the situation than him — in the event that he prevails in governmental issues. However, the state has a place with a gathering of individuals who think Brahmins must be devastated. Whatever Kamal says, to them, he is a Brahmin, and they don’t care for him along these lines. For a long time, they have said ‘Down with Brahmins’, so for what reason would they think diverse at this point? This is the thing that I said at that point. Additionally, for a great many people, Rajinikanth is God incarnate. Be that as it may, if Kamal breaks down Makkal Needhi Maiam, Rajinikanth will turn into a disappointment in governmental issues. In silver screen, Rajini films sold better on the grounds that there was a contender — Kamal — who must be vanquished. Indeed, even a MGR fan would recognize Sivaji was the better performing artist of the two, yet we made MGR the greater star. Also, even a Rajini fan won’t state he is a superior on-screen character than Kamal. All things considered, they like Rajini better; they would state he is their Thalaivar.