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Updated: August 20, 2009 14:10 IST

I'm not Aamir or Akshay: Madhavan

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Actor Madhavan. Photo: Bijoy Ghosh
Actor Madhavan. Photo: Bijoy Ghosh

He thrilled the audiences with horror flick 13B but the South Indian heartthrob R Madhavan believes that he is not a crowd-puller like Aamir Khan or Akshay Kumar to get solo roles in Bollywood.

The actor, a reputed star in the South, has been critically lauded for his characters in ensemble films like Mani Ratnam’s Guru, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti and Soha Ali Khan, K K Menon starrer, Mumbai Meri Jaan.

Madhavan’s upcoming films Teen Patti and 3 Idiots will also see him sharing the screen space with Bollywood bigwigs like Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan. When asked why the actor had few solo roles in Bollywood despite a steady fan base, the actor said, “Today it is very difficult to market a film with solo lead. The film should earn it cost of production with its initial opening.”

“The likes of Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar can garner it but as a solo hero may be I am not able to get the kind of opening that a film requires in terms of expenditure,” Madhavan said on the sidelines of the promotion of his Sikander which is set to release on August 21.

The 39-year-old actor, who started his Bollywood career with Rehna Hai Tere Dil Me in 2001, will be seen portraying the character of an army officer in Piyush Jha’s suspense thriller which also stars Parzan Dastur, Ayesha Kapur, Sanjay Suri and Arunoday Singh.

The role was a dream-come-true for the actor who would have been a Air Force pilot if not in the show business. “I was thrilled to have this role. But then on camera it’s like enjoying all the good things about the job and not facing the scary part of it,” said the actor who was offered the role because he had an experience in NCC training.

Set in the backdrop of Kashmir, Sikander revolves around a teenage boy Sikandar Raza (Parzan), who dreams of being a national level football player but things take an unexpected turn when he finds a gun on the road. However, Madhavan insists that the film is not on “Kashmir issue”.

“It is a suspense thriller. It does not educate you on the Kashmir issue. There is no message involved in the film. It is a story of a boy, his dreams and dilemma with just the backdrop of Kashmir and militancy,” the actor said. When asked about his experience of shooting in the valley, the actor said, “I am already aware about the situation as a citizen but after shooting there I could get the other side. Like how the people there were desperate to prove to us that there is nothing wrong here and one should come back with their family.”

“They are yearning for normalcy which is sad because the common man is not a militant and it doesn’t matter to him who is ruling. He wants to live life, earn his livelihood and make sure his future generation is safe and sound,” the actor added.

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