Was It Difficult For Vijay Sethupathi To Behave Like A Woman In Super Deluxe? 'Not At All', Says National Award Winner - EXCLUSIVE

Vijay Sethupathi is quite elated to have won a National Award for his performance of a transgender in Super Deluxe.

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Was It Difficult For Vijay Sethupathi To Behave Like A Woman In Super Deluxe? 'Not At All', Says National Award Winner - EXCLUSIVE
The National Award for Vijay Sethupathi for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Tamil game-changer Super Deluxe as a transgender man coming out, to the utter confusion of his little son, is not only richly deserved, it is an acknowledgement of the growing socio-political awareness of diversity in sexuality .

Vijay Sethupathi’s performance is a class act. Expressing his joy over the National Award for a performance that broke many barriers, Vijay Sethupathi spoke to me on the morning after the National award was announced. He was thankful to his Super Deluxe team for attempting the seemingly impossible. “I want to thank my director Thiagarajan Kumararaja for the way my role in Super Deluxe was written and how  it  turned out. He wrote and executed it really well. When you have such a strong character on paper, playing the role becomes relatively easy for  the actor.”

Did Vijay have any reservations about playing the transgender Shilpa in Super Deluxe?  “None at all. As an actor, I am always  hungry. I am constantly in search of roles that will take me out of the comfort zone. The safe roles bore me to death. I want to  explore the darker  side of the human personality. That’s why I take up villains’ parts. I want to explore what makes them what they are.”

Was it difficult for Vijay to dress up and behave like a woman? “Not at all. Once I got into the Saree I was thinking and behaving like Shilpa. Perhaps when  you say you don’t see Vijay Sethupathi on screen this is what you mean. When I was playing Shilpa, I was Shilpa. The credit must go only to  the director because I had no idea  how to approach the character. I am so blessed to have  played Shilpa. I hope this  National award will encourage more people to watch Super Deluxe. The more people see it the more the awareness of  women like Shilpa trapped in men’s bodies. ”

Image source: Instagram/actorvijaysethupathi
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