Exclusive! Alexx O'Nell On His Expectations From Kangana Ranaut's Thalaivi & Working With Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor & Varun Sharma In Roohi Afzana
Exclusive! Alexx O’Nell On His Expectations From Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi & Working With Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor & Varun Sharma In Roohi Afzana

Alexx O’Nell has been actively working in Indian films since 2007. Starting from Loins of Punjab Presents & Cheeni Kum to Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, Alexx has done almost 20 films so far and is set to be seen in many big films like Roohi Afzana and more. Alexx was also recently seen in Disney Plus Hotstar’s web show Aarya which had Sushmita Sen in the lead.

Interestingly, Alexx O’Nell played a very integral role in the film and made a promise that he has much more in store for the future.

During a recent interview with Koimoi, Alexx O’Nell opened up about working with Sushmita Sen in Aarya and also shared details about his upcoming films. Here’s the first part of the interview in which he talks about Kangana Ranaut led upcoming film Thalaivi which is based on the life of Jayalalitha. He also opens up about working with Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor & Varun Sharma in horror-comedy Roohi Afzana.

Q. Your Madrasapattinam director AL Vijay is presently working on the Kangana Ranaut starrer Thalaivi. What are your expectations from the film?

A. I look back fondly on our work in Madrasapattinam and Thandavaam, and because of his hands-on direction and attention to detail, Vijay remains one of my favourite directors.

Having spent a significant amount of time in Tamil Nadu, and much of it during Jayalalithaa’s time in office, I’m naturally familiar with her captivating story: The top student, fluent in several languages, who was pushed into a career in film, where she dominated until turning her gaze towards politics, subsequently serving as CM for over 14 years – Wow! I’m excited to see how Vijay presents this larger than life personality – but I have no doubt it will be with a very studied approach, focused on the real person behind the facade, most likely highlighting lesser-known and even more mundane events that led her to become the juggernaut that she was.

I have not yet had the pleasure of working with Miss Ranaut, but I have seen a couple of her performances and from what I can tell, she is an absolutely wonderful actress, and like Vijay, a perfectionist. Together, I’m sure they’ll make a film that keeps the audience captivated while staying true to real-life events.

Q. You will next be seen in Roohi Afzana alongside Janhvi Kapoor & Rajkummar Rao. Tell us something about the film and working with these actors.

A. I LOVED shooting Roohi Afzana. It’s wonderful to be working with Rajkummar again, he’s an amazing actor and such a sweet guy. We first collaborated on Chittagong (2012) with a cast that featured Nawazuddin Siddique, Manoj Bajpayee, Vijay Varma, Barry John, etc. Then Bose Dead/Alive (2017), Now Roohi Afzana.

This was my first time working with Janhvi and Varun, and I hope it’s our first hit together with many more to follow.

‘Horror-Comedy’ is a genre I’ve never worked in before, and my role, as a mix of observer and participant, is different from anything I’ve done. Quite frankly the film is incredibly unique, bizarre, and hilarious.

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