It takes a lot of guts to release a movie during Diwali with a Thalapathy Vijay film but Producer Karthik Subbaraj took the risk with ‘Meyaadha Maan’ and it has paid off. ‘Meyaadha Maan’ starring Vaibhav, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Vivek Prasanna and Induja, is directed by debutant Rathna Kumar. The movie is now a hit and is running to packed houses even ten days post of its release. “I have been an actor in the industry for a decade now, but I feel like this is my first film and it has become a huge success,” gushes Vaibhav. Everyone from Superstar Rajinikanth to Dhanush has loved the film and praised the director and the performances. “But my struggles are not over – I need to ensure I work in good films and get good roles,” he says.
Vaibhav counts ‘Chennai 28’ and Ajith’s ‘Makantha’ as some of the best films in his career. “Venkat Prabhu, Premgi and I are friends since the fifth standard. People don’t know about that – they think that we are friends since ‘Chennai 28’. But Venkat Prabhu has always come to my rescue when I was down. We are very close,” he reveals. The “Meyaadha Maan’ hero, however, did miss out on hits like ‘Pizza’ and ‘Neram’. “They were offered and somehow, the films didn’t happen. But the good thing is that I am working with all these filmmakers now. I think ‘Pizza’ was meant for Vijay Sethupathi and ‘Neram’ for Nivin Pauly. Its destiny,” he smiles.
Vaibhav’s father, A. Kodandarami Reddy, has directed nearly 90 films in Tollywood. Ask him why he chose to work in Tamil films and Vaibhav says, “I grew up in Chennai and it made sense for me to work in Tamil films.” Here’s the video interview of Vaibhav where he talks films, friends, and even controversies in Kollywood!