Source: ďKalaymaamani AjithĒ
name Ajith is a synonymous with the word
ďconfidenceĒ. Without having any background, Ajith
entered cinema all by himself. His self-
confidence permitted him to climb the career
ladder and, today, Ajith has a place of his own in
Everybodyís ambition is
to carve out a place in cinema after having
succeeded in other fields. But Ajith is an
Before becoming an actor,
Ajith was a champion in the field of motorbikes
races. Today, he has win renown in cinema and has
achieved success in it. However, he hasnít
forgotten his passion for motorbikes races. Now,
he participates to car races again and has decided
to leave a bit cinema out so as to devote more
time to his passion. Ajith has, for the first
time, taken part to a race which recently took
place in Chennai and has won an award which is
dedicated to the best new participants.
The new goal of Ajith is
to participate to the car race which is about to
take place in Asia so as to bring honnour and fame
For that, heís thinking
of participating to the different races of the
ďAsia automobile raceĒ which will take place in
several foreign countries. In total, there will be
14 races in 6 countries.
We met Ajith, who is
about to leave for Spain so as to have a training
there Ė a training which should permit him to win
the ďAsian CupĒ.
First, we asked him
questions in keeping with cinema:
is going well at the box-office
at the moment. In this film, youíve got into the
part of a character that nobody suspected youíll
I did what I had to do in this
film. I did what the director asked me to do.
Thatís all. Today, Villain is a success. I
have to forget Villain. Thatís all.
Henceforward, I must concentrate on my next film.
Itís not me but the people who have to talk about
Villain. If Iím too enthusiastic about the
success of Villain, my attention wonít be
focused on my next film.
The duet KS
Ravikumar-Ajith has worked out well. Will this
continue in this way?
Sure. Even if Iíve already
worked with many directors, KS Ravikumar is the
one to have pleasantly suprised me. At the start,
I werenít thinking of working with him. Because
heís a straight forward person. According to some
people, heís the kind to often get angry. And so
am I. I was afraid of having a unfortunate
misunderstanding with him if we worked togheter.
Thatís why I hesitated to act, at first. Then SS
Chakravarthy, the producer of ďNic ArtsĒ
encouraged me to do it, telling me that he would
take care of everything. So, I acted. Only later,
I understood that KS Ravikumar is a very friendly
person. Heís a very talented person who respects the opinions
given by his assistants! Iím proud to have acted
under his direction.
If I have this chance,
Iíll only act in one of his own films. Or in one
of own films produced by ďNic ArtsĒ. That would be
To the bitter end, you didnít mention anything
about the mentally handicapped character youíve
played in Villain ...
Why should I have said
something about this character? Iíve played
various characters previously, in Citizen
and in Red. These films had been given a
lot of publicity, mentioning that ďAjith is
playing in such and such wayĒ. It created a lot of
expectations among people. But the flms werenít
equal to their expectations. The films didnít meet
with the success we expected they would have. From
that time, Iíve taken a decision: from now on,
thereís no question of me giving any detail about
the characters Iím going to play in my films.
Thatís why I didnít mention the mentally
handicapped character of Villain. Itís
thrilling only if the suspense is there.
In some of your films, youíre
called ďtalavaaĒ (ď bossĒ) or ďtalayĒ. Are you
thinking of entering politics?
Politics? Me? (He
laughts). Once more, I repeat that Iím not
interested in politics. I may have said some
dialogues in some of my films. But it was only
with the aim of making people happy. Otherwise, I
have nothing to do with politics.
I respect politicians.
There are maybe a lot of people who, by seeing the
ďKalaygnarĒ and by other
politicians, would like to follow in their
footsteps in life. But politicians are the only
ones to know how much they had to sacrifie to
manage to get the position which are theirs today.
So, politics arenít a game, itís serious. People
wonít be taken in all those declarations like ď
Iím the leaderĒ and by all those build-ups.
Bacause today, people know. They know that there
are such and such person in politics, such and
such person in cinema and such and such person in
cricket. We are the ones to get it all mixed up by
not understanding it.
If I have said some
dialogues which had something to do with politics
in some of my films, it was as the actor
Ajithkumar and not because I have the intention of
I admit one thing: one
year ago, I was trapped by a band of jalras.
I understood it only after some time. I didnít
knew how to manage to get out of this situation.
I am the only one to know
all the difficulties I had succeeding in it,
during a whole year. Iím not the only one to have
experienced it. These jalras are around all
the actors. As soon as two films are hits, they
stick to us like glue. They flatter us by saying
incessantly things like ďYouíre the boss, youíre
greatĒ and they make us fall into their traps. In
several times, Iíve lost some of my friends
because of the jalras. This is the truth.
Other actors mustnít have to suffer from this
situation. I pray for it. Only a few months have
passed since I got rid of these jalras.
Now, I donít accept them around me.
I wish to be everybodyís
man in politics. And so am I. If you take the
example of my wedding, politicians like ď
KalaygnarĒ came to it. Why did they come? In my
opinion... My wife has been acting since she was a
child. So, they maybe came because they regard
Shalini as a child belonging to their family. Why
did they come? They came because they knew that I
donít have no particular preference in politics.
When jalras were
around me, they tried to press me to enter
politics, with the hope of winning renown in
politics thanks to me. I almost fell into this
trap. I escaped from it at the last minute. The
jalras fool all the actors so as to get what
they want. Among us, among the
actors, thereís a good
competition, a healthy competition. We get along
well. But itís because of the jalras that
the missensions begin. They report some presumed
things I would have said to such-and-such actor
and things that such-and-such actor would have
said to me. They succeed in ďletting a fireĒ
us and, then, they vanish. As far as I know, all
the actors are kind. They have a family and some
of them are married and have children. Each of
them do their job to the best of their capacities.
But some jalras fool them and act out on
self-interest because they want to become
counsellor or something. By putting our trust in
those jalras, weíre trapped. Now, thereís
no jalras. I can do films without being
bothered. I can also think a lot.
Youíve acted in a different
way, so far. But now youíre starting to act in
films which have 4 fights and 5 songs...
What can I do? We have to give
to people the kind of things they like.
Mugavari is a film that I like a lot. I took a
lot of pleasure in doing this film. What happened?
It was a flop. So, when the directors determine
the scenes in which I have to act and tell me that
itís in this kind of scenes that fans expect me to
act, I canít oppose to it... First, Iím an actor.
Itís my duty to make fans happy.
As an actor, you earn billions.
You have millions of fans. Do you really need to
go into car racing?
Everybody knows that before becoming an actor ,
Iíve participated to many races. Itís not new. ..
My life career has changed in the past 10 years,
Iíve been through many ordeals after having
entered cinema and today, Iím recognized as an
actor. Today, I have a lot of responsibilities. I
canít act in 5 or 6 films like I used to do in
96-97. Today, there are a lot of expectations. So,
itís better for me to choose good scripts and to
act in good films so as to come up to these
expectations. It doesnít concern only me but all
the actors. Thatís why Iíve decided to act in only
2 films per year from now on. There will be a film
which will be released on the 1st of
May, on my birthday and another film which will
be released on Diwali. It will be like that from
It will take 3 months to finish a film. In total,
il will take 6 months to finish 2 films. It might
take 7 months. So, I will spend 200 days
acting in a year. It will take 50 days to hear the
scripts. Suppose Iíll take some days to travel
with my family. In the end, I have 70 or 75 days.
Itís my life ambition to participate to races. For
as long as I can remember, Iíve always wished to
drive cars and motorbikes. Itís still my whish.
Itís a dream. But after having become an actor, I
couldnít fulfill this dream. During the past 10
years, every night I slept, I did it with a
certain pain in my heart because I was unable to
fulfill my dream: to carve out a place in the
field of car racing. India has achieved a lot in
this field since the past 2 years. Indian drivers
are famous at an international level. Iíve thought
about it and I have taken a decision. Iíve said
to myself that now that Iíve made a name for me in
the Tamil cinema, I wanted to be famous at the
international level. Moreover, I want to achieve
in sport. I canít say if Iíll come first or
second... Iíll try, thatís all.
I participated to the race which took place in
Chennai. Twenty-three persons took part to this
race, in total. I won the ďBest Novels CupĒ, which
is given to those who, among the newparticipants, finish the race among the best
times. For me, this cup is like a tonic. Itís
just like the encouragements that you get when one
of your films is a success.
Translated by Kavitha