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A class apart: Ajith Kumar
The Hindu A class apart: Ajith Kumar

53 films in 23 years is no mean achievement. As Ajith Kumar turns 42 this week, he looks back-and-forth at his career.

As the first of May draws near, the ‘Ultimate Star’ Ajith Kumar is in a reminiscing mood. He has just returned from a hectic first schedule for director Siva’s untitled film for Vijaya Productions and is preparing to wind up director Vishnuvardhan’s film for A.M. Rathnam. Fifty-three films in 23 years for the forty-two- year-old Ajith Kumar is quite an achievement and he dwells on the past even as he charts a definite course for the future. “On my birthday (May 1), apart from spending some quality time with my family, I will remember the wonderful journey I have had so far. God has been good to me and I hope I can do as much good to others through my films and my activities,” says Ajith.

Unstinting effort

For every film that he has done so far, Ajith Kumar has been known to put in his 110 per cent, sometimes involving himself in other areas of production or direction, if only to ensure that the final product is the best. “We owe it to the viewers, especially our well-wishers. When they spend their hard-earned money to come and watch the final product, we have to make sure that our creative inputs are done with earnestness. I am doing so for A.M. Rathnam’s film too. It is not that I am partial towards this film. Rathnam and Vishnuvardhan are professionals and when they are putting in so much effort it is but natural that I should give them my best in every possible way,” says Ajith.

Excellent rapport

His association with Vishnuvardhan goes back to almost 14 years and over this period he has developed a strong bond with him. “I first met Vishnuvardhan when he was assisting Santhosh Sivan in Asoka, the Hindi film I did with Shah Rukh Khan. Billa I was done by Vishnuvardhan while the prequel, Billa II was by Chakri. Vishnu, Chakri and I share a unique rapport and my relationship with Vishnu further strengthened during the making of the present film. I am confident the positive vibes will get translated into a good film.”

Favourite moment

Besides acting, Ajith is known to be a keen motor sports enthusiast, photographer and aero modeller. So, what is his most favourite moment? “This may come as a surprise to film goers. I treasure my stints in motor sports. I may not have achieved great things in the sport, but I have won some races and have managed to take the sport to the masses.”

Charity first

Ever since his fan clubs were disbanded, Ajith has been advising his fans and well-wishers to channelise their energy and funds towards educating underprivileged children. Says Ajith, “My heart bleeds when I see people spending lakhs of rupees on posters and banners during birthdays and other anniversaries.”

Hello Gentleman,

Billa 2 is prequel only. For your kind information Prequel is a story that happened before the existing one. In that case Billa 2 is a prequel of Billa 1.

First go and read english. Dont complaint about proof reading of Hindu.

You always rock Hindu.

from:  Anonymous
Posted on: Apr 30, 2013 at 11:12 IST

Advance Birthday wishes to our 'Thala'

Well said Prasanna. Ajith is a very selfless person. One very good thing I like about him is he does'nt come out and start praising his own movies even before their release. Almost all contemporary stars do that while the promotion of their movies, I like Ajith's policy of letting the people decide the fate of the movie.

Thanks again Hindu for doing this interview.

from:  Raghavan S
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 16:00 IST

Hey Venkee, a film's story, which precedes it's earlier work is called a
prequel. I humbly request you to go and educate yourself.

from:  Akshaya
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 14:31 IST

Happy birthday "THALA" !!!!!

Contrary to what Mr. Murugan has said, it’s his candid and straight forward nature which is the reason for his large hardcore fan following. Also all of his interviews and public interactions have been with selfless motives and he is one of the actors who doesn’t exploit his fan following for his personal needs. As said by him “I may not lead my fans but I will never mislead them”, going by this quote he has always asked his fans to concentrate on their lives. Movies don’t run on the basis of what an actor says in the interview. It’s better if the actor doesn’t say about his movie in an interview because it’s the job of people to decide if the movie is good or not, not the actor’s.
Thanks Hindu for doing this interview and all “thala” fans are waiting for his next movie !!!!!

from:  Prasanna s
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 13:42 IST

"Billa I was done by Vishnuvardhan while the prequel, Billa II was by Chakri. "

Billa 2 is a sequel and not a prequel. The Hindu's declining standards of proof reading.

from:  Venkee
Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 at 07:35 IST

It's an appreciable and bold action to dissolve ones' fans associations for any star in India, esp. south. The money, time and effort these fans clubs put are shocking to learn. The other 'stars' should take this as an example and educate their fans instead of exploiting their poor lives. Even fans should understand duties to their families and act practically.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Apr 28, 2013 at 20:30 IST

Whatever Mr.Murugan says is never proof and that itself is a bluff. But,
the fact is when a person becomes very successful then it is hard for
opposition to digest it and hence funny allegations.

I need not go in-depth about his personality, his Hits compared to his
peers, his humility, philanthropy ..all is well known in the Industry
and his friends. Oh yes, not to forget his fan following :) , who are
always with and behind him!

from:  Sridhar
Posted on: Apr 28, 2013 at 19:05 IST

Its better that The Hindu did not ask him any personal questions lest he bluffs a lot.

The reason why his movies flopped last 5 yrs is bcos he talks more about his personal life than movies. Ajith will never have a decent hit with this attitude and he can never work with decent top directors like Gautam Menon or Shankar.

If the Hindu convey this to him the world would be a much better place to live without the ugly, fraud things around him.

from:  Murugan
Posted on: Apr 28, 2013 at 10:00 IST

Advance Happy birthday THALA... I always admire your courage and perseverance.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Apr 28, 2013 at 09:31 IST
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