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. The details:
You use to keep away from participating in
cinefield events here and the cultural events
cunducted abroad by the cine stars. Why?
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
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
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?
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
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,
There should be sound reasons behind this
decision....What are they?
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 those that 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.
Why did you forget that such of your films
"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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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
Ajithkumar has answered so.