Special moment for Sibiraj at Walter Audio Launch

By Rinku Gupta
When the grand audio launch of producers Prabhu Thilak and Shruthi Thilak's Walter film was held recently, it was a moving moment for the film's hero Sibiraj
 Speaking at the event he said, " When I was a kid, my father  acted in the superhit Walter Vetrivel. I thought that the iconic Police officer Walter Devaram sir had come for the event.  I had a hazy recollection being a kid. But director of that film, P Vasu sir said that it was not so. That's why,  today,  when Devaram sir has come to our Walter audio launch, I feel really blessed.  Because our film Walter is getting the privilege of his presence,  which the original did not get. I feel honoured."

Though his father could not attend the event,  he added that P Vasu being present on his behalf,  gave him the feeling that his father was present.

The film is directed by U Anbu. The guests at the event included heroine Shirin Kanchwala, Rythvika, Sanam Shetty, Charlie and P Vasu amongst others. Natty is also part of the cast

 Former DGP officer Walter Dawaram and Director P Vasu launched the audio and filmmakers Arivazhagan, Sethupathi fame Arun Kumar and Sam Anton, who have commendable cop based thrillers received the first copies. Later, the producers of Walter gifted Walter Dawaram sir a beautiful portrait painting of himself. 

Speaking on the occasion, Former DGP Walter Dawaram said, “I am somewhat far from the film industry, but in some way had got the opportunity to be around great personalities like MGR, Jayalalitha and few others. When P Vasu made a film titled Walter Vetrivel, he approached seeking permission to use my name in title. However, there wasn’t any need for such an obligation as they didn’t use my full name. I am really happy about the way the trailer and audio of Walter has come out.”

Director P Vasu said, “The Day 1 shooting of Walter Vetrivel still looks like yesterday where Rajinikanth tapped the clapboard, Prabhu switched on the camera and Vijayakanth directed it. During those times, Sibiraj was very much reluctant about cinema and I never imagined that he would appear so much confident and handsome like this. I used to tell Sathyaraj sir that his second innings is going to be more powerful and in same way, Sibiraj is going to make a big time in the industry now. The police stories that are told properly will click at it best. However, Walter is going to an upgraded scenario as the movie is made by a family of police officers. I had approached Walter sir for getting permission on using his name. However, he told me that Walter is the name of a city and there isn’t any needn’t for such permissions. The only industry that isn’t corrupted is cinema, where you can’t buy anything you want. Every time I see Sibiraj, it’s like seeing my own son.”

Cinematographer-actor Natty said, “11:11 Productions is sure to make good quality films. I thank Gautham Vasudev Menon sir for dropping this offer or else, I would have not got this opportunity. You will get to see a different avatar of mine in the film.”

Director Arivazhagan said, “The success point of a movie is when it has an emotional value and it is evident with the trailer that Walter is going to be a sure-footed winner.”

Cinematographer Rasamathi said, “Walter is a special movie to me and I am extremely happy to  be a part of it. The cast and crew of this film is more like a family and the film has come out really well. Producer Prabhu sir identified this film was a valuable one and came forward to materialise it. I can assure that he will be soon appearing in a new avatar as filmmaker. I am thankful to Sibiraj sir for giving me an opportunity to handle camera works for his other movie Kabadadaari.”

Actor Charlie said, “Usually, there’s a saying that when an actor is successful, his son or daughter would find it difficult to claim success. In contrast, Sibiraj has carved a niche for himself and it is very much evident with the moments, where I worked with him. Producer Prabhu has guts to make good cinema and he will continue to make more such movies.”

Actress Yamini, granddaughter of late filmmaker Trilok Chandar said, “Walter is a special film to me and I thank director for giving me a chance to be a part of the film.”

Actress Athulya Ravi said, “The production house is more like a family to me. I have learnt a lot from Sibiraj sir while working with him. He has done remarkable preparations for this film. To look fit, he had to hit gyms even when he wasn’t feeling well.”

Music director Dharma Prakash said, “The producers have been very much supportive throughout the film. I am thankful to each and everyone in the film for giving me a good opportunity.”

Actress Shirin Kanchwala said, “I thank each and everyone here in the team for giving me an opportunity to be a part of it.”

Director Mysskin said, “Thilakavathy Amma is more like mother to me. I was so happy to see his son Prabhu to produce films. Before becoming heroes, many artistes have outshined as villains and so happens to be Sathyaraj. Now his son Sibiraj is making a good spell. I want to work with him so soon. 

Actor Sibiraj said, “While using the title ‘Walter’, I had lots of challenges as there would be comparisons. However, I was confident that the content will speak off it. Prabhu Thilak sir is a dedicated producer that he even took part in each and every process of this project. One of the great elements that contributed towards the success of my father Walter Vetrivel movie was child sentiment. I can assure that there are lots of child emotions involved in this film.”

Director Anbu said, “During my hardships on finding producer for Walter, Sibiraj sir has journeyed alongside me. In fact, even after the film was to take off with another hero, Sibiraj told me that his instincts are that he is going to be a part of this movie. I have even used the Instinct reference in the movie. As a producer, Prabhu sir has been a solace during many occasions. He would be a safeguard and doesn’t let the production issues pose a threat to shooting. If Natty sir hadn’t agreed to be a part of this film on spur of moment, this film would have been incomplete till today.” 

Producer Shruthi Thilak said, “Such an occasion like this is something new to me and I am hoping for more. After getting into production of movies, I am spellbound over the hard work and sincerity of every member. Each and every artiste in the film have given an excellent performance. Especially, Rythvika has appeared in a promising role that not many actresses would have accepted it. She will definitely gain appreciations for her performance.”

Producer Prabhu Thilak said, “My passion towards cinema is a journey of 25 years. The industry is like a double sided sword and we need to be careful about it. I had dreamt of such an evening for a very long time and it has come true now. Samuthirakani sir is one good reason behind me standing here. I can assure that Walter will be definitely engaging for the audiences. I thank my family, especially my mother for their unconditional support towards this film

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