Ajith is one actor who does only two films a year. In
eleven years, he has to his credit 38 films of which
many were hits. On personal front, the actor came
fifth in the final leg of the Formula Maruti class
car racing championship and 12th in the Formula BMW
Asia series. This year he is all geared up to
participate in British F3 formula scholarship class.
All this is viewed by the film industry with
cynicism. Since the buzz doing the rounds is that
Ajit has lost interest in films and is more into his
current passion - car racing, the actor decided to
speak to the media to clear matters. He also spoke
about the website FlyingTaurus.com that he launched
What was the reason to launch a website now?
This website has all information about me. It will
bridge the gap between me and my fans.
What are your plans regarding car racing?
I will be abroad till October taking part in Formula
Car racing. This time I am taking part in 12 races.
I am part of the Patrick Robertís Mango Racing team.
I am now taking part in the A category in which only
two other Indians are present. After that, from
November to February, I will do films. It means two
films a year.
What are your current assignments?
I have just finished Jana. Ji is nearing completion.
I want to finish Attakasam before I leave but I
donít think that is possible. In that case I will
have to return to complete the work. I will start
Maha after the races.
Why are you taking a risk which will affect the
Let me make this clear. I will take money from the
producers only after I come back from the races.
Maha is the only film that I will do after the
races. Anybody who does something different is
ridiculed. I know some people are making fun of me.
All I ask is please donít discourage me. Success in
my effort means fame to Tamil films also. Those who
watch my races will be interested in knowing about
my films and thereby a new audience will be created.
The global market will increase. Tell me, just
because one lady died during pregnancy, will all the
other ladies shying away from getting pregnant?
I am sure that even if I donít succeed, my efforts
will be applauded. And car racing like cricket will
become popular in India. I am only accelerating it.
Films are my work while car racing is my passion. I
will never give up films. It is because of films
that I am able to pursue my passion.
you got sponsors for racing?
My yearly budget is Rs 3 crores. My sponsors should
understand my star value. I have 48,000 fan clubs.
At the minimum, each fan club has 25 members. It
means 12 lakh members. My car racing will be viewed
by all these fans. My potential for the sponsors is
much bigger than they imagine.
What is your position at the box-office?
(Laughs) I am like a horse with reins and anyone can
come beside me but should anyone cross my path, I
will trample them. It is human tendency. I am not
here to play games like having to mouth loaded
dialogues in films or giving alms to families of
fans who die of stab wounds. Time will decide my
place in the industry.
I am very frank and dare to speak my mind unlike
many here. Also I donít think there is anything
wrong in saying that I wish to take over the
superstardom throne which Rajnikant said is vacant?
My ambition is to be a superstar.
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Apr 07, 2004