It’s a dream come true for debutant Sanjay whose maiden venture Mundhinam Paartheney (MP) is receiving accolades from all quarters. Lady Luck seems to be shining bright on this Chennai boy Sanjay Vellanki who has come a long way from tossing vegetables in a five-star hotel kitchen to facing the arclights, where he has proved his mettle.
“I had a gut feeling that the movie would do well. Director Magizh Thirumeni has done a great job and I had high hopes for the film right from the start,” he begins.
Disclosing details about his role in the film, Sanjay says, “MP is a breezy feel-good entertainer in which I play a software professional. At one point, my character decides to get married and thus begins the hunt for the perfect woman. He comes across three pretty women. How his life changes after encounters with them and who he marries finally, forms the crux of the story.”
Getting into films was not a cakewalk for this youngster who had to undergo gruelling auditions to bag the role. “I was quite hefty before signing the film and the director wanted me to lose ten kilos in a month. I took it up as a challenge and did rigorous workouts for five hours every day. When I managed to shed the extra weight in the stipulated time, my director was impressed and gave me the green signal.”
Sanjay, who comes from a reputed acting school, says that it was during his stint in the kitchen that he realised that films were his passion. “I was a chef in one of the leading five star hotels in Mumbai. After a brief spell there, I realised that cinema was my calling. I must thank actor Jayam Ravi for being a great support. My brother Kumar assisted director M Raja in Jayam, M Kumaran and Unakkum Enakkum. When I expressed my desire to act in films, Jayam Ravi gave me a few acting tips.”
Not many actors have the luck of romancing three ladies in their very first film. Prod Sanjay about the experience and he blushes, “There is a notion that it’s difficult to work with three ladies at a time, but we had a blast on the sets.”
So, what does the future have in store for this actor with typical boy-next-door looks? “I might team up with the same director for my next venture. I want to do realistic films rather than commercial potboilers.”