Chellam sir, a retired spy who comes to the rescue of Manoj Bajpayee’s Srikant Tiwari in the newest season of espionage action-thriller “The Family Man”, is now a nationwide rage and the topic of viral memes. Actor Uday Mahesh, who performed the “super conscious” former intelligence officer on the Amazon Prime Video collection, says he’s up for a spin-off on the beloved character and even a reprisal in the upcoming season three.
Chellum’s reputation is comparable to that of Bob Biswas, an insurance coverage agent by the day, Biswas moonlights as a hitman in the Vidya Balan-starrer 2012 “Kahaani”. The character is now getting a spin off movie with Abhishek Bachchan.
Asked if he was sport for a Chellam stand-alone collection given the recognition of the character, Mahesh advised PTI over phone from Chennai, “If I get an offer like that, I would definitely love to do it. Even for Family Man 3, if they’ll call me, I’ll be up for it.”
The 51-year-old, who’s primarily a author and director in Tamil cinema, stated he had first auditioned for the function of Dheepan, a senior Sri Lankan Tamil fighter who makes use of diplomacy to obtain the reason for liberation.
The function was ultimately performed by Azhagam Perumal.
Two months after no phrase from the crew, Mahesh acquired a callback and so they provided him the function of Chellam.
Since “The Family Man” was successful present, the actor stated, he wished to be part of it. “So I said yes to the role,” the actor stated about his prolonged cameo. The creators of the present Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK briefed him concerning the character, who’s now a viral sensation on social media through memes, after they met on the set. They stated it is a retired spy who helps Srikant and so they have labored collectively a while in the previous. He is an excellent aware spy. It was an fascinating half.”
From tossing sim playing cards into procuring luggage, abruptly hanging up a name to chiding Srikant over losing water, Chellam is now a part of the popular culture in the digital age.
In the collection, the character appears to give a breakthrough to Srikant each time he hits a roadblock in his mission, with a meme equating Chellam with Google, the search engine on the Internet.
“I liked the role because there was a comical touch to it. We never thought this was going to be so huge,” Mahesh added.
Born and introduced up in Chennai, the actor holds a diploma in chemical engineering from Central Polytechnic College. But he was not in learning and wished to be part of the Merchant Navy.
“I could not join the Merchant Navy due to family pressure. When I was studying in college, I had a passion for cinema. But I didn’t know how to get into it.”
Around the identical time Mahesh met cinematographer Natarajan Subramaniam, generally known as Nutty, by a standard pal.
“Through Nutty, I got an entry into the industry as an assistant director. Slowly, I worked towards becoming a writer and director,” he stated.
He made his directorial debut in 2006 with “Naalai”, starring Richard Rishi and Madhumitha, and launched Natraj as an actor. Two years later, they reunited for “Chakkara Viyugam”.
Mahesh additionally co-wrote the story of Shoojit Sircar’s directorial debut “Yahaan” (2005) whereas he was working with the filmmaker for his manufacturing home in Mumbai.
Acting was an accident, Mahesh stated who has since labored in movies like “Kabali” and “Madras Cafe” and STAR Vijay collection “Office”.
Director Naveen wished him to play the function of Salim bhai, a humorous don, in the 2013 Tamil black comedy “Moodar Koodam”.
“I was reluctant to act. Naveen forced me and eventually I said yes. I wanted to be known as a writer-director, not an actor. There are so many great actors in the industry, comparatively I’m nothing,” Mahesh stated.
When “Madras Cafe”, additionally directed by Sircar in which Mahesh performed an intelligence officer, occurred, he was serving to the director in casting the movie on location in Kochi.
“Shoojit offered me a small character in ‘Madras Cafe’ and I couldn’t refuse because I was getting to share screen space with John Abraham.”
Working with Bajpayee on the collection was a “delight and honour”, Mahesh stated.
After the success of “The Family Man”, the actor stated if a great character comes his method, he’ll “definitely” take it up. “But I’m keen on writing and directing,” he added.
Next, Mahesh is wanting ahead to directing a film in Tamil.