Tamil movie buffs need no introduction to Premji Amaren. Those who love this actor-musician's Tamil and Telugu movies have reasons to cheer, for he has stepped into Mollywood with a guest appearance in Anil Radhakrishna Menon's upcoming Fahadh starrer, 24 North Katham.
Back home, the man has his hands full both as an actor and composer. Yet, he is here to try his hand in M'town and is happy though a little concerned about the unfamiliar language. “I play a Tamil guy in 24 North Katham and the experience was won derful. Fahadh Fazil is a cool guy, fun to be with and down to earth," says Premji, who has just completed Biryani, Ennamo Nadakkathu and Maanka in Tamil.
Few know that he is the son of veteran singer and composer Gangai Amaren, and his primary interest is in music. “Music is my comfort zone. I love working alongside my cousins Yuvan Shankar Raja and Karthik," says Premji who has composed and sung rap portions of many songs by these musicians. He says the tag of Gangai Amaren has never really put any pressure of performance on him. “Even with that background, getting a foothold in the industry was not easy for me. I started off as an assistant composer alongside Yuvan and the growth has been slow and steady," he adds.
In Maanka, he is both the lead character and music composer. “It is an interesting mix of roles. As I know the in and out of the movie, I could do better justice to the project," Premji observes. “I loved Mankatha in which Ajith plays both the hero and villain. I wish I could play such a role," he says.
So will he come back to Kerala? “I would love to. Fahadh has given me DVDs of his movies, to watch. Let's see what future has in store," he says as a parting shot.