How did you bag Tik Tik Tik?
I don't know how Shakthi chose me. I think he thought I will fit into the character. It's all about wavelength, I guess. It is a kind of a project that I have always wanted to do as I am a great fan of Christopher Nolan and love anything to do with space and science fiction films. I think Shakthi got the vibe because he is such a positive person. He knows what kind of people will fit into his project and must have chosen me.
Tik Tik Tik is the first Indian space film. How do you feel about it?
It is absolutely an honor to have been a part of Tik Tik Tik because this film is going to be in history as it is the first Indian space film. And that puts me in a very responsible situation because the next generation is going to look up to us and say, "Okay, they have tried something different, we can also try something new". So, Tik Tik Tik is going to set example and I have always wanted to be part of that. I am delighted that Shakthi gave me a chance to be part of history and be responsible for the future generation.
Any difficult scene?
Eighty percent of the film was difficult, it was physically draining but everybody in the team was so positive that you don't even realize you have done so much of work. We never felt the strain. When we saw on screen, it looked so wonderful that we were waiting for what's next. Everybody was enjoying the present and was looking forward. Nobody had the time to realize that they had got hurt or strained themselves. I learnt a new set of jargon. Whole vocabulary changed completely towards the end between us in the team. Everyone was using so many new words. It was something new and I was really happy I was part of it.
Tell us about working with Jayam Ravi?
Working with Jayam Ravi was wonderful. Ravi is a dedicated actor. I got to learn a lot of things from him. On the spot, it was very much at ease. I did not feel any kind of pressure. Everybody was happy and was willing to do any kind of work, be it big action sequence or anything that came towards them. I am happy that I got a wonderful team.
Director Shakthi Sounderrajan
Shakthi is an amazing person and a director as well. He is very sensible and knows what he wants from his artist. I might have worked for 12 hours but I would not even realize it. He will put me in such a beautiful state of mind that I don't feel the hard working process but at the end of the day, I feel good about what I have done. The best thing about Shakthi is he does not force anything on us. He lets everything come out naturally. At the end of the day, he knew what he wanted and that made things easier.
I had seen him only once when we were shooting the jail sequence. I can't believe that at such a young age, he was extremely dedicated. He wanted to learn more about direction and acting. I think he has a bright future and I must say hats off to Jayam Ravi and Aarti for bringing up such a disciplined child. I am sure he will achieve whatever he wishes to.
All the best Nivetha Pethuraj!