Chennai: Filmmaker Magizh Thirumeni says he will present Arya, known for doing romantic comedies, in a never seen before avatar in his upcoming Tamil action-thriller `Meegaamann`.
After delivering back-to-back hits `Arrambama` and `Raja Rani`, Arya has changed tracks with `Meegaamann`.
"Arya didn`t go through any startling transformation because the role didn`t require that. But audiences will see an Arya they have not seen before. You`ll see a more subtle and manly Arya," Magizh said.
"I felt Arya would be an interesting actor to carry off the role. He may not have done an out-and-out action film, but he has done films that have utilised his potential. I felt I could give him an opportunity to attempt something he hasn`t done so far in his career and after working with him I have realised that he`s done justice to the role," he added.
Shooting `Meegaamann` was a fun experience for the director.
"Working with Arya was absolute fun. There was nothing fake about him. I should also thank my producer for creating an ambience that made working so much fun. We as a team shot for over 100 days and we maintained the same energy level till the end," said Magizh.
Produced by V. Hitesh Jhabak, `Meegaamann`, which is currently in post-production stage, also features Hansika Motwani, Sudhanshu Pandey, Ashutosh Rana, Anupama Kumar and Harish Uthaman in important roles.
The filmmaker says `Meegaamann` is a "commercial" actioner narrated from a new perspective.
"It`s a typical commercial action film, but what I`ve tried to do is reinterpret the formula used to make such films. I`ve taken some liberty by adding a refreshing new perspective. I`ve tried to keep it logical and realistic. In the hero entry scene, you wouldn`t find 10 tractors flying in the air," he said.
`Meegaamann` is Magizh`s first film after underrated Tamil action-thriller `Thadaiyara Thaakka`.
"`Thadaiyara Thaakka` needed a popular actor to get noticed. But I don`t regret it because Arun did a fabulous job. The film was ahead of its time and I feel 10 or 15 years from now, the younger generation will see it as an Arun Vijay film," he said.
"In terms of learning, I feel if you`re able to get the dates of a top hero, everything becomes easier. After that you wouldn`t have problems with the money flow and when there`s money, there`s a lot of creative freedom as well," Magizh said.
He insists presence of a bankable hero helps in getting maximum screens when a film releases.