Text: Jyothsna
Suresh entered film industry through Panneer Pushpangal and was a popular hero during the 80s. He has acted in 265 films across Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. He made a comeback four years ago in Kizhakku Kadarkarai Salai and will once again be seen in Sivaji Productions Asal with Ajith in an important role. He shares his journey with the readers of behindwoods.com


BW:
How did you enter films?

Suresh: My father Gopinath is a renowned director who has done films like Raman Parsuraman. As my family was into films, my progression in to the industry was natural but I was not sure where I would fit in. Hence I tried my hand as an editing assistant and also as a dance assistant for some time. Meanwhile, my dad’s friend, a photographer opined that I have good looks to become a hero and shot a few stills of mine. I was quite impressed with the result. With my pictures, I met director Sridhar and many other directors looking for offers but in vain.

How did you first film Panneer Pushpangal happen?


By chance I met directors Bharathi-Vasu who immediately decided to cast me in their Panneer Pushpangal. I was overjoyed and there was also another pleasant shock awaiting me. Director Bharathi Raja also chose me as hero for Alaigal Oyvadillai. Both the offers were good and I was not sure which one to take. My father advised me to take Panneer Pushpangal as it came first. I met Bharathi Raja and informed about my decision and with great magnanimity he wished me luck and sent me to work in the film.

" Director Bharathi Raja

chose me as hero for

Alaigal Oyvadillai "


What happened after Panneer Pushpangal?

" I refused 13 films "


The stupendous success of the film completely changed my life. Till the nineties, I played the role of a lover boy in many films and at one point, I was so tired of doing the same role again and again and wanted to

try out different characters. That’s when I refused 13 films. I wanted to try out action, negative shades and so on. Telugu films quenched my acting thirst and I shifted to Tollywood and earned myself a good name and fame as action hero there. I even produced four films and six television serials.


How is Asal experience?

Saran is a talented young director and Sivaji Films is such a big banner. More than all that, it is such a rejuvenating experience to work with Ajith. I feel I am renewing myself. I feel I was just born yesterday.

" It is such a

rejuvenating experience

to work with Ajith "

" I am ready to do any role "


What kind of roles you would like to play now?

I don’t want to fix myself as a villain. I am ready to do any role.

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