How it happened
After spending almost 10 years playing cricket for the State, South zone and the Rest of India, I had to take the most difficult decision of my life — to think of a different career since an injury made me unfit for the game. That was when my uncle, Om Kuduvilla, an actor, wanted me to pursue films. It took almost five years for me to get my first break. Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (VKK) came to me when I was least expecting it. I had just finished MBA from SRM and joined a software company — I had given up all hopes of becoming an actor. Producer Anand (who was my senior) contacted me for this project. I had a tough time convincing director Suseendran that I would fit the role of Mari, as I was fair-complexioned and looked sophisticated for it. I promised him that I would get dark; only then did he agree to cast me as the hero.
How it felt
I first saw my face on the screen only during the audio launch, when the trailer and songs were screened for a select audience. On the day of the release of VKK, I saw the film with my friends at Sangam theatre. The crowds recognised me and literally carried me on their shoulders — I can never forget that. The kind of response we received was definitely not what I had visualised. It was mind-blowing.
How life changed
Delight turned into fear the very next day as I began to feel I should keep up the good name I earned from VKK. All I can think of now is to come up with roles that are not mundane, and make a mark for myself in this competitive field. I'm happy I could play varied roles in Bale Pandiya and Drohi. My forthcoming film is Kullanarikkoottam directed by Sri Balaji.
Keywords: Actor Vishnu