No run-of-the-mill roles for me- Madhavan

Apr 28, 2006 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) Actor R. Madhavan, whose first English language film "Nothing But Life" is complete, says he doesn't want to be part of hackneyed plots any more.

"I have almost completed my first English-language film. 'Nothing But Life', directed by Rajiv Anchal, was shot in Mexico. It is the story of two people battling for their lives in the emergency unit of a hospital. We plan to take it to international festivals before releasing it in India," Madhavan told IANS.

"Again, like 'Rang De Basanti', it is a film that takes risks with audiences' tastes, pre-empts trends and bends the rules. I am at a juncture in my career where I no longer want to do run-of-the-mill roles. Even my new Tamil film, 'Thambi', is a crusader's fight for justice. But we have avoided violence as much as possible.

"In one sequence where we needed to show blood on screen, we changed the colour scheme to a sepia tone. Somehow blood in colour looks really frightening. I don't want to be part of anything that glamorises violence."

So impressed was the south censor board by director Seeman's violent treatise on non-violence that they passed the film with a 'U certificate'.

"Thambi" opened with a record 120 prints across Tamil Nadu.

"I have never had such a wide release before. Can you believe it? 'Thambi' is an action film. And it's suited for children. I think we need to make films that reflect reality without losing a hold on basic aesthetic and moral values.

"'Rang De Basanti' does just that. I am so happy to be part of a film that has grown into a cult work in just weeks. I'd go as far as to say 'Rang De Basanti' is the most important film of my career."

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