How it happened

I come from a family of musicians. My uncle is none other than music director Deva. Director A.Venkatesh, who once saw me at my uncle's recording studio, said that I looked like actor Vijay. Though initially I was not very keen on acting in films, I accepted his offer — I played the role of Vijay's brother in his Bhagavathi. After some time, I decided to join Venkat Prabhu as his assistant. To my surprise, he told me to act in his movie, and that's how Chennai 28 came about. Then followed Subramaniapuram. Now, I'm serious about working my way up in the world of films.

How it felt

I saw my first film, but wasn't impressed. When Chennai 28 released, I was a little confused. I wondered whether people would accept me. I went to watch the film with my family members; they pointed out the pluses and minuses in my performance. I corrected them in my subsequent films. I went to three theatres in the city, including Udhayam, to watch Chennai 28. I was happy that people enjoyed the film.

How life changed

It has changed a lot. I have a couple of films on hand. The recent Kanimozhi is my eighth film. I have done a variety of roles, and wish to do as many as possible. I have just finished Arjunan Kadhali and am working on a yet-to-be-titled film, directed by Saravanan and produced by A. R. Murugadoss. The movies in the pipeline are Valu and Vettai Mannan, which are expected to hit the screens next year.