the ruling heart-throb of youngsters in Tamil
Nadu, had started his career with the Telugu
film Prema Tapassu. But it was
his Tamil hit Aasai , followed by
Kathal Kottai that announced his
arrival. The latter was also a success in
Premalekha . But a lull followed
thereafter with major flops like ABCL’s
Ullasam and Raasi . He sprang
back soon enough with a bang in Vaalee
which catapulted him into the big league and a
string of hits followed.
Incidentally, his first release after marriage
to actress Shalini - Unnay Kodu Ennay
Tharuvean directed by Kavi Kalidas -
has been a major flop. May be, his female fans
couldn’t digest the fact about the lover boy’s
Excerpts from a brief interview with
How could you accept an insipid film like
Unnay Kodu Ennay Tharuvean ?
I cannot take the entire credit for a film’s
success and similarly I do not want to blame
anyone for my flops. When the director
narrated the storyline to me he was confident
that his story would click. However, I kept
quiet because I did not want the industry to
blame me for discouraging a new director.
Anyway all I can say is sorry to the viewers.
how come you promised the director a flat even
before its release?
All this is baseless news. I told him that
every director who gave me a hit has been
given a Santro car and so he too can expect
one, but never a flat.
Your fans are unhappy with Kandukondain
Kandukondain because you have a
small role in it?
The fans must understand that I signed the
film about two years ago when I had no
standing in the market. My being in such a
project was a great thing. Besides, Kamal
Hassan patted me at the audio release function
of Kandukondain Kandukondain and
said he was envious of me (laughs). I felt
Any new films in the offing?
My next film is Citizen directed by Subbaiah
and produced by Chakravarthy of NIC arts. It
is a very different film where I have six
different get-ups. The make-up man was
referred to me by Kamal Hassan when I met him
on the sets of Hey Ram ! to give my
wedding invitation. Then I have a film each
with Ezhil, Surya and Pravinkanth besides one
with Poornachandra Rao, who produced my first
Telugu film. It’s directed by Vasanth.
abused Vasanth in public during the shoting of
Nerukuner , but now you are working
After Nerukuner , I took Surya
(Vasanth's assistant) as director for
Vaalee and after it became a hit I
openly declared that I have no aversion to
working with Vasanth. That's why I have agreed;
anyway, it was his film Asai
which gave me the hero status.
Will you do a film again with Kavi Kalidas?
I told him to take a break for a year and come
back with a good subject. Success and failure
are never permanent. With a banner like
Supergood Films, stars like Simran and me and
Rajkumar’s music, he failed. Now it will be
very difficult for him to get a break again.
Will you do two-hero subjects?
No way. Who can come up with a subject that
can satisfy two heroes? There will be lot of