Madha Gaja Raja is Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar’s second film after Podaa Podi and naturally it is an important film in her career. “It is a winner already! The film has got everything that makes for a commercial, family entertainer packed with action, comedy, romance and more. It is a completely formula-based movie,” says Varalaxmi. Talking about how the project came to her, she says, “Basically, the producers of Madha Gaja Raja are the Gemini banner. My first film Podaa Podi had released at that time and I was hence considered for the role in the film.”
Elaborating on her role she says, “I play Maya, who is a Chennai girl with a hint of rustic charm.” Varalaxmi shares a lot of scenes with Anjali in the film as well. “It was a comedy riot. Both of the female protagonists fight over the same guy. That’s one thing I like most about this film. In Podaa Podi, it was Simbu and I, but here there are many characters to work and share screen time with this time around; these include Santhanam and Sadagopan Ramesh.”
Vishal is a long time friend of Varu’s. On her experience of working with the hunky star, she says, “This is the first time that I am seeing him at work. He is very diligent and extremely dedicated towards his craft. Vishal doesn’t take anything for granted. Also, I must admit that Sundar C has moulded me into a proper Tamil girl because by nature I am quite boisterous. The challenge was to be a little dramatic, which I am naturally not.” She adds, “Santhanam is awesome, even during serious scenes. He deserves every bit of all the acclaim he has earned as a comedian.”
About a memorable experience in the film, she says, “There is a particular yoga scene in the movie. But as I knew yoga, I was able to wrap it up quickly. Apart from this, at the sets we used to finish off shooting by 6 and pack up. The time after, we would spend playing cards, cast and crew alike. It so happened that one day we decided to play kabaddi. One of our cast members, Nithin Sathyaa got stung in the eye and the next day was a song shoot. Because of him, we all decided to sport sunglasses while filming the song. It was certainly a riot. Another fun moment was swimming in the rivers of Pollachi; I was actually swimming up and down which was a lot of fun and we even had a Varalaxmi has dubbed for the Telugu version of the film. “My mum speaks Telugu. So, the language did not pose a challenge at all,” she adds.