Chiyaan Vikram is known for pushing boundaries and he has been really consistent in doing it over the years. In his upcoming film Irumugan, where he plays a dual role for the first time in his career, he feels it will strike a chord with the audience.
In a recent chat with The Hindu, when asked why he preferred playing dual and layered characters, he said, “That’s what I’ve always planned to do. I love playing roles with different shades, like the villain -- not the heavy, quintessential one who bows to the hero by the end of the film -- but like the ones in Hollywood, where they are equivalent to or sometimes, even more powerful than heroes. Irumugan came to me like that; it has two contrasting yet layered roles, Akilan and Love. Anand and I worked on the differences to an extent that I had to be another actor while I was doing Love.”
He also said that, contrary to speculation, he does not play either a gay or a transgender character. “When you see the film, you’ll realize that Love, who plays a doctor, is neither gay nor a transgender person. You wouldn’t want to slot him in any particular category. It’s just like an ‘A versus B’ clash. There’s no place in the film for me to exaggerate it, even when I say ‘Nuvvu Raja Nenu Rani’ in the trailer, it was just to get people curious.”
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