- This Friday, Paava Kadhaigal is expected to be released.
- It is a Netflix anthology to be launched on
- In the short story directed by Sudha Kongara, Kalidas Jayaram features in
In Netflix’s Tamil anthology Paava Kadhaigal, actor Kalidas Jayaram says he hasn’t gone overboard with his success as a transgender person as he feels responsible to the community. Four shorts from renowned filmmakers Vignesh Shivan, Sudha Kongara, Gautham Vasudev Menon, and Vetri Maaran star Paava Kadhaigal, roughly translated as ‘Sin Stories’. The anthology discusses how complicated relationships are shaped by passion, pride, and honor. The short Thangam, directed by Kongara, features Kalidas Jayaram, known for movies such as Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum, Poomaram, and Happy Sardar. Sathaar, who is secretly in love with his childhood best friend Saravanan, played by Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, plays the character. The short discusses the concepts of remorse, embarrassment, affection and acceptance.
Kalidas Jayaram said he was so affected by the story that he wanted to be in some capacity, a part of his life. “As an actor, I believe in making bold choices. This fit in perfectly. Selfishly, I had a wish to play Sathaar. When you’re representing such a big community on screen, you have to be responsible in a lot of ways. I was conscious and aware that I shouldn’t dramatise it or be over the top,” Jayaram said.
The 27-year-old actor said he learned during his prep work that the best way to play his role convincingly was to devote himself fully to his character’s headspace. It’s a thin line, that if you don’t do it correctly, you might make a fool out of yourself. I didn’t want to do it. I thought I could be Sathaar if I could fall in love with Saravanan. That was the only option I had,”It’s a fine line, where you can make a fool out of yourself if you don’t do it properly. I didn’t want to do that. I believed, if I could fall in love with Saravanan, I could be Sathaar. That was the only option I had”.
The 1980s-set short, written by Shan Karuppusamy, uses the backdrop of a love triangle to explore the topic of transphobia and narrate the horrors that a transgender person goes through in order to find recognition in society. While Jayaram has been acting for almost two decades, the actor said the experience with Paava Kadhaigal was mentally exhausting since his big screen debut as a child artist in Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal (2020). Playing Sathaar meant closely experiencing a transgender person’s turmoil, which left the performer, he said, emotionally overwhelmed.
“During the workshop, I was feeling too upset. Only from seeing what transgender people went through every day, I would feel poor. The deeper I got into my persona, I didn’t want to attend the workshop as I felt it was getting too much for me. I called up assistants from ma’am (Kongara) and told them that I wasn’t going to be able to attend the workshops and considered seeking support. I had horrible mood swings.” he added.
The release of Paava Kadhaigal is expected on Friday,