Got introduced as Ajith in "Amaravathi"
and got the love of all in "Asai" to reinstate his
reign in "Valee", Ajith has come a long way. Here
he opens his life to us,exclusively..
I went to school only till 10'th standard. If
there is something that I miss in life it is the
school days.I was very interested in sports, not
so much in studies , but my home was very
encouraging in what I was interested and was not
problematic in what I was not.
My first turning point was the job that I
got in 10'th std. It is tough to get a job when
qualification is just 10'th std , but I was very
lucky. My brother had a friend who used to work
for Enfield motors. Through him I joined Enfield
motors as an apprentice. I love bikes. I had 6
months training there, but my father did not like
it. He said whatever shed you own or take
dealership, the society will not respect you, so
you better get a white collared job. I said
"Fine!" and joined a garment factory run by my
father's friend and worked as an apprentice, then
grew up to become a mercantile and got a decent
salary. So for companies stuff , I have traveled
extensively all over India. I had to deal with
many dealers from foreign countries since I was a
mercantile and so I learned English through that ,
then I resigned that job. The best part of my
family is that even when i started working in
sixteen years they never discouraged me , neither
did they encourage(!). I learned this character
My father is Tamil and my mother is Sindhi.
So I had good command in Tamil,Hindi,Sindhi and
English. I had French in my school but failed in
that subject. After resigning my job, I started my
own business of Fabric supply with over
confidence. But it did not do well. We were four
partners when we started, then after seeing the
losses three of them quit.
"I thought it was 'HIGH(!!)' "
I was 20 years old then. I joined for a new job.
After a month of my appointment I got cine chance.
I used to do modeling as a hobby when I was in the
garment company. I had met P.C.Sriram there.
"It was an advertisement shoot for Hercules
cycle.It was shot by shrirams company".
After the shoot P.C.Shriram said that I have
the potential to become a hero. I took it
negatively and I thought it was "HIGH(!!)" to
blabber like this.I never had a link or thought at
that time for cinema.
This was in 1991. After finishing the telugu movie,
"Amaravathi" got released.It was a hit,but I never
got offers.At this time I had an accident.After
which Subhash sir gave me "Pavithra" chance. This
was a turning point, after two years of Amaravathi
Then I did "Aasai"
after which I was recognized as a hero in Tamil
"Kadal Kottai" and I had four or five movies after
in 1997 then "Raasi"
and all that.Of these I distributed "Nesam"
all these movies were a flop and it was a loss for
"I thought I may lose my life"
In 1998, I had "Kadhal Mannan", "Aval
varuvala". And after that I had a
surgery, then another one in 1999. During the '98
surgery it was on November 6'th and I got
discharged on 16'th. then on 16,17 and 18,I had "Vaanil
Kayuthe" shooting for songs. I had to do it with
determination. I realised that it was only ten
days after the operation, only after a guy came
and asked me if I had an operation or was it a
publicity stunt. I had the determination to win,
thats all. In this operation, I thought I may
lose my life, but I had to look confident
outside.Some people say it is self confidence
after I won, but I call it God's gift. I face
problems head on. I will never run away from it.
I want to teach this to my children also.
Then I did "Amarkalam"
and won the love of shalini. We went for honeymoon,
then I realised that "Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven"
did not do well. This is not the director's mistake.
It was my own miscalculation. Then I talked to
Chowdry and told him that I will do another movie
for him and it will be a sure shot hit. I found my
composure after my marriage. I wanted everything
to happen immediately. Shalini came and taught
me that everything happens only when it should and
asks me to be composed. I had to do it for her.
All this I have heard from my mom, dad and all of
them, but when your wife says...well...now I have
to do everything after thinking a lot . My
responsibility has increased manifolds. I have to
bother that whatever I do will reflect on her. I
have to watch my reputation now. I have to act
"I am very expressive"
I like to express my love. Some say that I hug and
kiss my wife in public. But I don't have any
problem here. I like to give that secure feeling
to my wife . She has to feel that she is with
HER husband. I
like to do cooking also. After shooting we both
used to cook. I don't want to share all my
honey moon experiences, I respect my privacy. It's
boring to be singing duet with my jeans on, but I
am not getting good scripts. This "Citizen"
that I am doing is a real life story and I am
doing 9 get-ups. I am very excited about this
Says Ajith, as he bid farewell to us. We did the
same with big wishes to the budding star.