How was the experience of working with Fazil?
He is a great teacher. He has immense patience to
teach and bring out the right expression from his
actors. I learnt a lot from him. But there is so much
more. Several actors like Karthik, Vijay have worked
under him and honed their skills. It was indeed a
fortunate opportunity. He has promised to do another
film with me. It should fructify soon.
You have quite a bagful of films.
Yes, Pambarakkannale is releasing soon. Parthi Bhaskar
is the director. It will be a totally new attempt
by me. The humour and action will be pleasant. Then,
there is Uyir to be directed by Sami. He has worked
as an associate of Cheran, Parthiban and S.A. Chandrasekaran.
Director Shankar’s relative, R. Balaji is the
producer. I play a guy searching for his roots after
returning from years abroad. Shamrutha is the heroine.
Your Kana kandein was appreciated well. Why did you celebrate
the silver jubilee in a simple manner?
You see, such functions are held to motivate the crew. Because
it also involves huge commitment of time and energy in organizing,
we decided to celebrate in a simple manner due to paucity
You tried to do action role in Joot. You have not attempted
a similar role again. Why?
I am crazy about action films. These films also have mass
fan following. That is why I decided to do the role in Joot.
I did work very hard. But the film did not do well. This made
me do a rethink and I felt that I should first establish myself
as a versatile actor. Then, I can shift to the action mode.
As of now, I am interested in doing romantic comedy and earthy
You are working again with S.S. Stanley.
The venerable Nagi Reddy family is the producer of the film.
Stanley was the director of my first film, April Madhathil.
So, I am joining hands again in Mercuryppookkal. Meera Jasmine
is the heroine. It will be romantic tale with excellent comedy.
You seem to prefer working with known co-stars, Sneha, Sonia
Agarwal and Meera Jasmine. Any special reason?
I have worked in three films with Sneha and two films with
Sonia and starting on my second film with Meera. There is
no special reason. The heroines are chosen based on the demands
of the script. Also working with familiar co-stars makes the
job easy for me.
Any romantic affairs?
God, let me achieve a little more. As of now, I do not have
the time for romance and marriage.(Grins)
You wanted to do cosmetic surgery on your lips.
After I met with an accident, my lips became very protruding.
I wanted to get the deformity rectified. But, I do not have
the time right now. I will get it done soon.
You are called, Ilaya thamizhan. What is the significance?
I was awarded this title in Madurai in the Amudhasurabi literary
festival. At that time, I was working in Joot. Because the
producers wanted to honor me, they included it in the title
credits. Since everyone seemed to feel nice, the name has
When will your Chaturangam be released?
I have finished my portions. It is a remarkable film. Director
Karu. Pazhaniappan and cinematographer Diwakar have put their
soul into the film. I have been receiving several appreciative
phone calls after the trailer on television. I am eagerly
awaiting the release as it will mark a milestone in my career.
Do you like working in two-heroes projects?
Why not? I am only concerned about my character. If I come
across a good story, I would definitely consider it even if
there is another hero.
You have turned a distributor. What is the motivation?
(smiles) I wish to do something different in my own field
which is cinema. I heard that Oru naal oru kanavu had 100
prints for the opening run and that such a number was remarkable
in the current scenario. Therefore, it gave me the confidence
to launch into distribution of my films in the city of Chennai.
That is one way of diversification of my interests in the