Ajithkumar answers to the
questions put to him by 'Dinakaran' Tamil Daily
Newspaper's reporter, during an interview with
him, the venue being the "Villain" film-shooting
sets in Chennai.
Question: You use to keep away from
participating in cinefield events here and the
cultural events cunducted abroad by the cine
The decision not to
participate in cinefield events in Chennai and
those that get conducted abroad was taken long
ago, not now. It was firmly resolved by me so, in
1996 itself! It's rather a policy with me now!
There are so many reasons
behind this decision. The countless number of
bitter experiences I underwent in the past is one
of those reasons. There are a great number of
bitter events, met by me on stage, during cutural
programmes. Those events, when come to be
remembered by me now, pain my heart like anything.
Yet, I won't talk ill of other participants, who
are taking part in such programmes now, for it is
their rightful discretion to do so. Please don't
mistake me for my own decision.
Question: Or could we
take it like this that you do remain away from
such programmes because some of your recent films
have proved to be flops?
What connection is
there between these two issues? Why do you try to
tie up a knot like this? As far as I'm concerned I
ever stand firm in matters related to my
principles. I would do so in the future also. I
have come a long way experiencing so may ups and
downs in my life-journey.
Question: But what
reason is there behind your sudden announcement
that hereafter you are going to act only in
action-oriented, stunt films?
The film "Raja" is in no way
connected with this announcement. Hereafter you
won't be seeing me in films in which I'm musing
with roja flower! I won't be acting as a soft-herted
lover in any of my future films! In each and every
one of my future films I'm going to act as an
action-packed, stunt hero!
Question: There should
be sound reasons behind this decision....What are
There are! Earlier, when
films like "Vaali", "Amarkkalam", "Dheena", "Cityzen"
and "Red" were released, there was tremendous
reception for them in theatres, among my fans. You
know that the big opening those films were getting
then was not the case with by any other film! But
films featured by me like "Mugavari", "Kandukondaen
Kandukondaen", "Aanadha Poongaatrae" and "Poovellaam
Un Vaasam" didn't get that much 'big' opening!
When we see things in this light, it becomes very
clear that only films that show me as an
action-packed, stunt hero get greater opening than
picturize me as a soft- hearted hero!
That I should act only as an
action hero is the clear judgement of my fans. I
have crystal-clearly undersatood now what my fans
expect from me. Hence this sudden change!
Throughout the world, the real trend is that the
cinema fans like action-packed heroes more than
they like other types of heroes! Action heroes get
greater support. My fanS
too like to see me as an action hero of
distinctive type from film to film. The very
actor-status of mine has been given to me by my
fans. So, I would like to act in accordance with
how they expect me to do. They have acknowledged
me as an action hero through my films like "Amarkkalam",
"Dheena", "Cityzen" and 'Vaali". I don't want to
lose that distinction. So this change in me.
Question: Why did you
forget that such of your films like "Aasai", "Vaali"
and "Mugavari", in which you had done roles only
as a soft- hearted hero, had also earned great
name and popularity for you?
I'm really telling you.....
Of all my films so far, the most liked one by me
is "Mugavari"! That film exhibited how an average
man, endowed with great talents, hopelessly
struggles in life and how this world continues to
refuse to give him any co-operation at all....!
Yet, how bitter a fact is it that when that film
got released, it met with a poor opening in
theatres, among my fans! My recent films "Poovellaam
Un Vaasam" and "Raja" too didn't secure the
expected level of success! But these films were
generally branded as good films! People wrote that
my soft-natured roles in them were good. But fans'
expectations are different!
Question: Are you not
ready to tell your views through your films?
If I tell my view in my
films, you will instantly react with the question:
'What sir...You have started telling your views in
each and every one of your films....Do you have
any plan to enter into politics?' If I do a film
in a light-hearted, jolly fashion, without
articulating any of my views, you would ask me:
'What sir, why haven't you given expression to
your views in the film?'
Whether you ask me such
questions or not, first of all, who am I to teach
people my views? I wish to safeguard my producer,
who produces the film, entrusting his faith in me.
Whether I'm able to be instrumental in earning
profit to the producer or not, it is enough if I
could avert creating any loss to him. I am an
actor. I am an ordinary artiste, who's acting in
films in order to make people remain happy.
Question: Would you,
hereafter, choose films with the express purpose
of satisfying your audiences?
Hereafter, I will act in
chosen films with the objective of satisfying not
only the audiences who come to theatres to see my
films with great expectations but also the
producers, who, having good confidence in me, pour
in muti-crores of rupees in the process of
producing the films. Taking into account the
ground realities of what a bad shape the film
industry is in today, it has become a must that
the newly released films in theatres run
full-houses atleast for the first two weeks, so as
to get back the money already spent on them.
The producer, who lavishes
his confidence in me alone, shouldn't get deserted
at all, at any cost. Secondly, the distributors,
who, entrusting their confidence in my films, buy
them and distribute them to the theatres, should
get full protection and guarantee too. At the same
time, I should also satisfy my audiences. My
cineworld journey would, hereafter, continue
giving top priority to these three principles.
Yet, I believe that a film's success or failure is
a thing that is beyond these considerations!
Question: With the 3rd
of August this year, 10 years have got completed
since your entry into cinefield. What do you feel
about your present position in film industry?
Yes. 10 years get completed
since my entry into field. I leave to the
judgement of the six and half crores of people
themselves of Tamilnadu to assess what I have
achieved so far and what position I do deserve to
hold today in cenefield! Only their judgement
could be a correct one.
Question: There spread
some news to the effect that some elements, who
hate your sudden growth in cinefield, are
indulging in underground schemings against
you....Have you ever felt it to be so?
Very correctly and clearly I
have understood it. So many of them are awaiting
chance to push me down into the pit! I know who
they are! Nowadays there are multiple pits along
the route of my cineworld journey. Some of the
pits are natural ones. Others are the created ones
by those who scheme against me. So I am now
continuing my cineworld journey with extra care
and attention. I will swim against the fiery river
and get to the shore by successfully surmounting
the stumbling block namely the 14 months from
last july to the August of next year, which period
is trying to prevent me from reaching my ambitious
target! From October 2003 onwards, the golden era
in my cine career would start. I would finally
realize my ambitious goal. I will do it at all