Southern star Vikram said on Monday he called Anurag Kashyap “immediately” after learning the filmmaker had tried to contact him to kennedy.
In a recent interview with media outlet Film Companion, Kashyap said that Vikram, whose real name is Kennedy John Victor, was his first choice to play the titular assassin in his latest film, but the actor “never responded. “.
In a lengthy Twitter note to the filmmaker, Vikram said he called Kashyap immediately after learning the director was trying to contact him for a project.
“Dear @anuragkashyap72… Just revisiting our conversation from over a year ago for the sake of our friends and supporters on social media.
“When I heard from another actor that you had tried to reach me for this film and you thought I hadn’t answered you, I called you myself immediately and explained to you that I hadn’t answered. haven’t received any mail or message from you because the email id you contacted me with was no longer active and my number had changed almost 2 years before,” the Ponnyyin Selvan star wrote.
Vikram went on to wish the filmmaker “good times ahead” and said he was excited about the film as it bears his name.
“As I said on that phone call, I’m very excited for your movie. kennedy and all the more so since it bears my name. I wish you good times ahead. Lots of love. Chiyaan Vikram aka Kennedy,” he added.
Absolutely right sir. For the information of the people, when he found from another actor that I was trying to reach him he called me directly and we realized that he had a different WhatsApp number. He gave me his correct information to reach out and even showed interest in… https://t.co/1xmImitvHY
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) May 22, 2023
Kashyap, currently present at the Cannes Film Festival where kennedy is set to premiere in the Midnight Screenings section, then chose Rahul Bhat as the lead.
“I actually had a specific actor in mind when I was writing this movie… The movie was called Project Kennedy. It’s Chiyaan Vikram. Chiyaan Vikram’s real name is Kennedy. I contacted him. He never answered. So I contacted Rahul,” the filmmaker told the news site.
kennedy is a dark thriller that follows the main character working for a corrupt police force with scores to settle. The film also features Sunny Leone.