‘Boxer’ will bring out all my potential: Arun Vijay

Actor Arun Vijay has never left his nerves loose and has always been on the get-go mode to grab energy-consuming roles. For his upcoming film Boxer, he feels that it has the capacity to unleash his potential. The film is bankrolled by V Mathiyalagan of Etcetera Entertainment, which is based on boxing sports.

Sharing his excitement, Arun Vijay says, “Everything from the inception of the project has been enthralling. Even the announcement was a surprise as we had initially planned to make it by January 2019. But it came as an unheralded birthday gift from producer V Mathiyalagan sir of Etcetera Entertainment. I am completely charged up doing this project as I had always dreamt of doing a sports-based film. The script has lots of emotional and inspiring elements that instantly appealed to me. Usually, sports-based films we have seen till now will have a struggling protagonist rising to fame in the end. But in this film, the hero will be a top league boxer at the beginning and he has to confront his own negatives to push the bar up.”

The actor will have his training kick-started in Malaysia and Vietnam from December. “It will include both freestyle boxing and martial arts, where stunt choreographer Peter Hein put me in touch with some of the best masters to train me,” says Arun Vijay

For his part, debut filmmaker Vivek, a former associate of director Bala, says, “Initially, when I completed the first draft, I realised that the protagonist emotions were very deep and I was disturbed by it. Later, I narrated the screenplay treatment to Mathiyalagan sir and he felt the same way and was thrilled. I didn’t have anyone in mind. But later, while flipping through the final draft, I could feel Arun Vijay sir would fit it well with 100 per cent perfection. Of course, he is already a huge inspiration for many when it comes to fitness and workout. Coincidentally, producer Mathiyalagan sir, too, felt the same and then I narrated the script to Arun sir. He was very impressed and admitted that working in a sports-based film was his long-time dream.”

Filmmaker Vivek adds that although the film will have a racy course of narration with emotions, there will be a lovely romantic track as well.

Right now, Boxer is in overture, where the cast and crew are yet to be finalised. For the moment, Markus A Lujungbern (DOP) from London has signed the project and female lead approaches in Bollywood are being processed.

The film is produced by V Mathiyalagan of Etcetera Entertainment, who recently took over the complete rights of Nayanthara’s Kolaiyudhir Kaalam. The shooting of this film will go on the floors once Arun Vijay completes wrapping up Agni Siragugal, which has Vijay Antony in another lead role, directed by filmmaker Naveen.

Santhosh Mathevan