If there was one character from The Family Man 2 that has intrigued everyone in the country, it is undoubtedly Chellam sir, who appeared in just a handful of scenes. His role was played by Tamil actor-director Uday Mahesh, who has earlier directed two films, Naalai and Chakra Viyugam. Today, he is a pop-culture phenomenon and netizens are belting meme after meme based on his character. In an exclusive interview with IndiaToday.in, Uday Mahesh spoke about the recognition he’s receiving.
UDAY MAHESH SAYS HE’S ENJOYING CHELLAM SIR MEMES
From netizens to Uttar Pradesh Police, Chellam sir has been the talk of the town. In Raj and DK’s The Family Man 2, he appears whenever Manoj Bajpayee’s character Srikant Tiwari hits a roadblock. His witty remarks replete with clues help Srikant in cracking the case.
Speaking to IndiaToday.in, Uday Mahesh said, “I didn’t expect so much attention. Of course, I am happy with the response from people across the country. I am enjoying the memes that are created under my character. I loved the UP Police’s meme and the ones where Google was replaced with my character’s name. Though I find the Google meme a little too much, it was funny (laughs).”
UDAY MAHESH INITIALLY AUDITIONED FOR DEEPAN’S ROLE IN THE FAMILY MAN 2
According to Uday Mahesh, he was initially called to audition for Deepan’s role (which was played by Azhagam Perumal) in the series. “I auditioned for that role. For two months, there was no response from the team. So, I thought it’s a lost opportunity. Later, they offered me Chellam sir. Even though it’s a small character, I decided to do it because The Family Man 1 was a huge hit. Also, my character has a comical touch, which pushed me to take it up,” he said.
Chellam sir appears out of nowhere and provides Srikant with clues, no matter how implausible that may sound, Uday didn’t think much about the intricacies. “When Raj and DK narrated the story, I didn’t think too much. Manoj [Bajpayee] is an incredible actor and he coordinated very well. Even the directors were very friendly. We had fun during the shoot. It is so surprising that Chellam sir received so much attention,” he added.
Uday is not new to Hindi cinema either. The story of Shoojit Sircar’s Yaahan was co-written by Uday. He said, “When I was working on ad films, I did casting for his projects. Sircar is a good friend of mine.”
According to Uday, he’s receiving several offers after the success of The Family Man 2. He is also keen on directing his third film, which is expected to be announced in a couple of months.