By now, anyone and everyone who
has seen Magalir Mattum, know that Mookkan
is another name for the jollu vidum manager played by Nasar in the film..
Yet, Nasar's success has not come so easily.. There was, and still is, a trend of
stereotyping artists to play just one type of character in every single film. Nasar
has been through his share of stereotyping, always as a villain during the early years of
his career. But, talent and luck have played a major role in Nasar's climb to the top in
the last 13 years. From his first pay check of Rs. 500 from Kavithaalaya
Productions, (which he has saved as a precious keepsake all these years) to
this day, where Nasar directs films and pays technicians himself... things have changed a
lot, so have people's perspectives of Nasar.
it you manage to shine in a variety of roles?
Nasar's interview after the film Devadhai flows from one subject to another smoothly... There is no need to mention questions here, as all of Nasar's answers makes the questions obvious...
Nasar does not dispute that Devadhai is indeed a take on Hollywood's Dracula, yet he does insist that "appadiye yedukkaamal naattil ulla vishayangal-ai kalandhu nammudaiya kadhai sollkira vazhakaththil dhaan thiraikadhai amaichchen. Adhu saadhaarana manidharukku purindhadhaa yendru theriyavillai." Nasar-ai poruththa varaikkum, Devadhai was his experiment in learning new technology. Eventually he wishes to utilize this knowledge in creating a new realm of films for children. He feels that Indian children have no real outlet like cartoons, comics or even films like children in other countries. Indeed, he is inspired and amazed at the technological advance of, what he categorizes as maayajaalam, in Jurassic Park.. He hopes that eventually his experiences will give him the courage and knowledge to try his hand at a film at par or better than "Ju.Pa" itself.
after advertising in newspapers, Nasar struggled to find a heroine for his film... With a
little luck and help from acquaintances, he spotted Keerthi Reddy and immediately signed
her for the role. Things got more hectic as Nasar fought tooth and nail with Dubai
authorities to get permission to shoot his film there... Disgusted by the portrayal of a
villain's home and territory situated in Dubai, in the only tamil film shot there before,
the authorities were not so easily convinced that Nasar would do less harm. After a
lot of begging, pleading and story-telling, the Dubai government finally permitted Nasar
and his crew to shoot Devadhai there... Of course, the only reason he
shot the film there was because he wanted to show a different location from the aradha
pazhesu stuff in other tamil films...
[Balaji's Note: I'll be reviewing Devadhai when its
screened in the Bay Area...]
You sit up for:
excellent cinematography by Sridharan (especially during the first half hour of the film!
rather jumpy screenplay which sways us in all directions from 300 years back to Dubai
today and then back to a small village setting... The constant gudhippu appears to be a
flaw according to many critics.
meedhu utkaarndhu kai-yai mudindha-varaiyil irakki, rasigargal-in rasanai-yai uyarththa
muyarchi-kkum "SelectBand"-il sernthu kollave ivarukku (Nasar) viruppam!..
Sandhegam iruppavargal Devadhai paarkkavum!"
All of Nasar's ideas and dreams for his future
films came only over time... Like many others, he entered the field with similar
aspirations: "Padaththula nadikkannum, car-u vaanganum, bungalow vaanganum"
etc." But things soon changed when he realized he was being transformed by the
educated and intelligent people who surrounded him. Nasar describes it best: "Idhu
oru process. En mugam maarikkitte irukku. Ennaku-nu oru mugame kidaiyaadhu." In other
words, whether he is a kooththu katara character in Avathaaram,
or dancing as a blind man with Kajol in Minsaara Kanavu,
or even acting as an Oomai muslim in Avvai Shanmughi,
Nasar is just comfortable with himself and his character. Seems like no one has dared to
label him with any title as yet.
For a comparatively quiet actor like Nasar, there
are indeed a few kisukisus that fly around: One is a rather old one, where Prakashraj (Aasai)
is considered a major potti to Nasar. Nasar disputes this by saying that he holds Prakash
in very high regard, as a friend and a well-wisher. Furthermore, he feels he has become
too selective in his roles to be in competition with anyone.
Wow, how much he has grown within the industry. It is still hard to believe the Nasar I
see today to the one I started working with many years ago. What a dramatic
Here are some of short thoughts from Nasar: his
likes and dislikes, his memories and his views..
***Penngal-idam pidikkaadha vishayam...
En sir vambhu, Villain-aa irukkaradhu-naala penn rasigai-gal kammi.
Indha unmai-yum sollittaa avalavu dhaan..
Savithri.. Thaai-mai pongum andha kanngal.
Idhu Ippadi dhaan varannum-na ippadi dhaan varanum-gara theermaanam. Pidikaadha vishayam.. ondrumillai...
***Nadigargal penn vedaththil nadikka virumbu-vadhen?
Oru vagai-yil adhu nadigan endra thozhil-il oru uchcha katta
***Ungalai kavarndha isai amaipaallar?
***Avathaaram padaththai iyakkiyadhan moolam neengal kattru kondadhu?
Niraiya.. adhil ondru "Makkalai manasil vai" enbadhu.
***Ungalai kavarndha villain nadigar yaar?
Bala Singh (the villain who debuted in Avathaaram)
***Thaangal yaarudai-ya rasigar?
***Ungalai migavum kashta paduththiya vedam yedhu? yenn?
Innum kuzhambi poi dhaan irukkiradhu..
(My Sources: Kumudham, Ananda Vikatan, Cinema Express & Pesum Padam.)