Gautham Karthik has been in show business for ten years and has seen it all: the ups and downs, the criticism and the recognition. On the other hand, Gautham adds that with each new project, he is learning and attempting to put himself in shoes he has never worn. 1947 August 16, a period drama directed by AR Murugadoss's long-time collaborator NS Ponkumar, is one such film he is looking forward to. While the video does not go into detail about India's freedom movement, it does depict a hamlet and its people's sense of freedom, as well as incidents that occurred the day before and after we gained independence.
Ponkumar approached Gautham with the screenplay in 2019, according to Gautham. "It is not based on historical events, but rather on a fantasy fiction set during the independence movement." When he told the story in detail, it piqued my interest. Pon's narrative and the writing helped me picture the plot. Of course, because of the pandemic, it took some time to get the picture into production. But once we started filming, it felt great to be a part of his creativity," says the actor.
Gautham claims that his sole source material was the director's imagination. "I had to look tanned for the job, and it took a long for me to get there," he explains. But we didn't obtain the intended outcome, so we had to rely on makeup. We had to get everything correct, from the skin tone to the outfit. I also had to practise speaking Tirunelveli dialect in the film. Before starting the project, we conducted sessions that helped me get into that zone."
He is presently working on the film's dubbing. "Although I put my heart and soul into every film in which I participate, this script needed more from me." A specific set of attitudes and mannerisms will be the norm for most films. I needed to be real, opinionated, and emotional in this situation," he adds.