Q: There was a huge gap before
the release of Anniyan?
See, I was very much in the industry. I got a good script
to play the hero in a film. I also started work in right
earnest. Today’s top heroes cannot do justice
to the role. Only a comedian can play the character.
Unfortunately, I met with a serious accident during
the filming. I was bedridden for three months. It took
another three months for recuperation. So, I was away
from the scene for only six months. But, it seemed like
ages and there was a clamour about my career. Well,
I think it speaks about my popularity.(smiles)
You were quite a hit in Anniyan. Your opinion about
your role in the film.
has confirmed my belief that the audience will always
appreciate good comedy. This has made me resolve to
do one step better next time.
You make people laugh and forget their worries. How casual
are you in real life?
It is my profession to make people laugh. But, humor is a
good thing for health. So, I take things very lightly. I do
not plan or have great ambitions. That’s why I look
young, don’t I?
What is your contribution to the comedy track for a film?
Writing comedy is a difficult thing. When I get a ready script
with the comedy track, I stick to it fully. Where I am given
the story and asked to experiment, I do not disturb the major
theme and prepare a track with the right feel.
What, according to you is the main lacuna in Tamil films these
(clears his throat) I do not mean any ill will to youngsters;
but today’s girls enter cinema with the sole aim of
reaching the position of Jyothika
They do not realize that comedy is the strong support for
the success of a film. Apart from Manorama achi and Kovai
Sarala, there are no comediennes. This slot is very valuable
in today’s scenario. Girls with talent have a bright
What are your views on good comedy?
Humor is the spring from which longevity arises. It is indeed
the panacea to high strung nerves. Good comedy makes people
take their problems easily. For example, the bickering style
of Laurel and Hardy, the silent masterpieces of Chaplin and
the thinking manner of N.S.K. are gems of good comedy.
Your experience of working as the hero….
I heard the story of Solli
adippen and was convinced that I could do justice
to the role. It is a full-length comedy. It is indeed unfortunate
that the film is facing obstacles for an early release. I
would like to do more such roles.