There is a continuous line up
of commercial flicks like Ayan,
Aadhavan. How did it happen?
It was not planned. It just happened.
In fact I should have worked with
Mysskin but the project did not
take off. It is not that I want
to deliver only action flicks
or romantic flicks in a row. It
Will you be working with A R Murugadoss?
Yes, it will take some time for
the shooting to commence.
Can you talk like the ten year
old boy of Aadhavan now?
I am sorry, it cannot happen in
a single attempt.
There is a lot of fresh talent
in the industry. What is your
take on this?
It is very good and heartening.
My entry in to the filmdom was
smooth, thanks to my father. But
one needs a lot of talent to enter
and sustain in the industry without
any godfather and I really appreciate
these people for that. I want
to encourage them in some way
or the other. I want to rope in
them in my project and all efforts
are being done for that.
Any inspirational films?
All good films are inspirational.
Every good film is like a fresh
blood into the industry. In that
way, I like behindwoods who support
any new attempt without bias and
would highlight the element. They
love good cinema. If you want
to know how the audience perceives
a film, I have no second thoughts.
I would straight away click on
behindwoods.com. You will not
find undue support or criticism
in the site. I like the music
review and visitor’s column.
I can go on and on about this.
I should thank them for this wonderful
Your favorite song?
Nenjukkul Peididum from Vaaranam
Your first film had two heroes.
Will you do similar subjects?
Yes, I can do a cameo. But there
are issues of commercial feasibility.
If the team is good enough which
can be understood in an hour of
narration and in the manner of
visualization, I am all game.
If the idea and the role appeal
to me, I would go for it.
With RGV’s film, will you
be moving to Bollywood?
I do admit Bollywood is a huge
industry and people have dreams
to go there. But I am very very
satisfied here. I like it here.
When are you coming to politics?
I am fine here. I believe that
society has done a lot to me and
I also trust I can do lots to
the society. My favorite channel
is education and through Agaram
Foundation, I am working towards
that. I don’t think I need
to be in politics to do good things
to society. I am hopeful I can
do that being here.
How do you handle criticism?
I always remember the phrase-
potrudalilum unmai illai, thootrudalilum
unmai illai. Nee yaar endru unakku
theriyum. (There is no truth in
plaudits and criticism. You know
who you are). If the feedback
is genuine I take it. Otherwise
I smile it off like how Mani sir
reacts. Whatever be the feedback,
it will only be received with
a sweet smile from him. That’s
all. We know what we have done
and we don’t need anybody
to endorse it. I think that judgment
is enough and the rest is only
There are many. In the recent
films, I liked the heroine in
Subramaniapuram. I like fresh
talent. In Hindi, I like Kangana
Ranaut and Kajol.
Would you foray into direction?
I think the spark should come.
I have not gone into that thought
process yet. I have not yet started
giving suggestions to the director.
It may happen at a later stage.
But not in the immediate future!
Will you do an Agni Natchathiram
remake with Ajith?
There are many problems in it
which cannot be discussed.
In your career, have you done
films which are meant for others?
Yes. But, as they say, the name
of the person eating is ingrained
in every rice grain; I would only
get what I am destined for. The
films that I was supposed to do,
somebody else has done and vice
versa. The dynamics in cinema
will keep changing. A lot of things
happen before a film is released.
If you have not been an actor,
what would you be?
I think I would have been in the
garment industry. Generally, our
careers are decided around 23
-25 years. After that it is difficult
to do the jumping act. I think
I would have stuck to the garment
industry if not for films. As
my manager Thyagu says, I would
have created a place for myself
in that industry too. Of course,
I would not have had such a sea
of well-wishers like now. Wherever
I would be I am confident of making
a mark for myself.
Any films that you missed?
Cheran’s Autograph and Bala
sir’s current project. It
keeps pricking me and I think
it will continue to do so.
If a film flops, who takes the
I think the entire team but more
specifically the actor and the
Is your film with Murugadoss,
a Tamil one or a bilingual?
We are shooting in one language
i.e. in Tamil but it will be dubbed
and released in two or three languages.