the 'Deepawali Special Issue' of popular Tamil
Fortnightly "Vasuki", the following
interview given by actor Ajithkumar has been
published. The details:
In a particular film's titlecard they have
referred to you by naming you as 'the lucky star of
the year'. What do you say about this?
Please don't call me a lucky star. I would feel
really happy if people refer to me as a hardworker. My
hardwork is the reason for my success. In spite of
myself having undergone surgery 9 times in the recent
past, it's only through sheer hardwork and relentless
efforts that I have attained success. I took proper
care that the progress of the work of the films I had
been committed in didn't get affected because of the
treatment I had undergone! This is the reward of
hardwork! All those, who work sincerely can definitely
You, the hero of 25 films, had said in an
interview, sometime before the release of "Vaali",
something like this: "One day I would get
elevated to Rajini's place". How would you
I feel proud for having completed 25 films. He
(Rjini) is an achiever who has crossed 25 years in
filmworld! I have just completed 25 films. May be a
few of them aren't commercially that much successful.
Yet I have put in 100% hardwork and shown great
dedication as far as each one of my film is concerned!
In that sense each and every one of the film is a
success for me!
Do you have felt any personal affinity or
identity with the roles you do in films?
To some extent it's so in "Amarkkalam"!
In reality, I'm a man of short, hot temper. I yearn
for affection. One can win my heart with love. But
none can overpower me by high-handed treatment. This
characteristic trait aptly matched my role in "Amarkkalam".
Presently, I'm a changed person. Yet, even today I
remain very stiff and am very adamant
when it comes to be the question of doing good!
I'll never give way to improper things to happen!
Just 2 years before there prevailed a
situation according to which the mentioning of the
name 'Ajith' produced an image which happened to be a
blurred one, devoid of clarity. Today Ajith means 'victorious
hero'. How was this change possible?
My life is an open book. I committed so many
mistakes in the past. I don't point out here only my
hot temper. In the economic front also, I had, rather
unthinkingly, committed so many blunders and met with
huge loss! I stepped into the business of film
distribution. But the Ajith of olden days isn't here
now. With sound thinking, I've obliterated the very
traces of those past misdeeds! I won't repeat those
You are welcoming this Deepawali
festival as a victorious hero. What do you think this
Deepawali is going to do as far as your interests are
I h've taken one vow on this Deepawali day
which will have to
be realized by me. Enmity should never raise it's head
and encircle me. Hereafter I should have no enemies at
all in my life! This is my ambition.
You are nowadays acting in different types
of character roles. Do you like to act in a particular
I don't like to dictate things to my film
producers and directors. I expect them to create new
character roles and subsjects for me. I sit with my
friends and analyse the future prospects and scope of
such roles and subjects. Finally I take a decision on
them. After once taking the decision I would never
revise my stand.
What would be your first picture in the
beginning of 21st century?
"Mugavari", being produced by N.I.C.
is getting released on 14th January. The dialogue
portions of the film are all have been shot already.
Only the songs and stunt scenes are to be picturised
Many of your films
are directed by new directors. Is there any reason
In the beginning, those who encouraged me and
booked me in films were new people. They belonged to
small companies. I developed along with them! They too
had progress! The communication between them and me is
crystal clear! Newcomers always work with the burning
urge in them to win! I too am a crazy hardworker
having an eye on success! I do every one of my films
and every one of the scenes with great enthusiasm
that's burning within my heart!
You are now in the good books of
distributors. Apart from Rajini you have become the
talk of the people! What do you say about this?
I don't become over-enthusiastic about it.
There's the general happiness that my films do build
up very good market response! Yet there's nothing to
feel proud or to think that I have achieved the
unachievable! In every period, some good films, when
released, would create sound market base for either
the artistes or the directors connected with them! But
that isn't going to be a permanent condition! The
situation changes quite often!
Now your success has got registered in the
minds of the people. Do you feel happy about it?
Yes, I do feel! But that joy isn't a complete
one! As for me, I wish that all the artistes' films
should get success! Let me explain a small
arithmetic. If a film of mine succeeds means 40
artistes and technicians get provided with the
facilities required to lead a good life! If it is
three films of mine in a year implies that 120
families earn their livelihood! In this sense if 10
actors' films succeed would benefit 1200 families!
Only when the numbers of such happy families increase,
the cinefield could said to be progressing!
Can you give any suggestion to obliterate
the prevailing stagnation in cinefield?
This is not the subject I can air my views
about! Cinema is a team work. As for my feelings are
concerned, it's my hope that from the year 2000
onwards, a golden era seems to dawn upon Tamil
What's your ambition?
I must win until the last breath of my life! I
should be winning continually!
You mentioned about this year's
Deepawali...Do you have any personal expectation
rerlating to the Deepawali Day of 21st century?
I wish that should be my "Thalai Deepawali"
(first Deepawali after getting married)!
Only one question about your would be wife....All
know who she is! She herself has given interview to
many a journals. In those interviews she's conveyed
how deeply she loves you. Can you love her also with
that much intensity?
I needn't answer this question. My actions
would speak on my behalf!
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