Aadhi backs his instincts
The musician who has turned hero and director for Meesaya Murukku talks more about his journey
Aadhi, also known as Hip Hop Tamizha, has turned director with Meesaya Murukku, which got released yesterday. Sundar C, who launched him as a composer with Aambala, has produced the film.
Aadhi says, “Though direction has been on my mind for a long time, it became possible only because of Sundar C. I’ve already directed music videos.” He says the director insisted that he act after seeing Takkaru Takkaru, a short film-cum-video on jallikattu. “During the success meet of Aambala, he said that I was his hero. He has witnessed my band’s growth and knows me quite well,” he adds.
But why did he act in Meesaya Murukku? “It’s a campus love story, and I strongly felt I could do more justice to my script than anyone else. In fact, Sundar C supported my decision. Since the story is mine, it made sense for me to direct it also. I wrote the story in 40 days.” Aadhi says Sundar C originally wanted to launch him in a big way. “He was in talks with a leading heroine, but I was the one who suggested that we go with a newbie. I believe in nurturing new talent. I found Aathmika’s profile on Facebook and brought her on board as the heroine,” he smiles.
Though Aadhi likes to direct films and act, it’s music that is close to his heart. “I have no formal training in music. I am someone who does things purely based on instinct. My parents find it hard to believe that I am into films,” he laughs. Doesn’t he find it difficult to manage his time, what with composing music for other films, acting assignments, etc? “I have struggled for fame, and eventually got what I wanted. I’ll never let go of opportunities.”