A passion for acting, persistence to get a good role and patience paid off when Senrayan got a role in Dhanush’s Polladhavan (2007), although after a wait of 15 years. He followed it up with roles in Adukalam, Silambattam and Rowthram. “My performance as a villain in Rowthram was noticed by other filmmakers which led to my signing up as one of the four heroes in Moodar Koodam,” says Senrayan whose dreams of making it big in films started way back in his hometown, Bodinayakanur near Theni. “Interestingly, my character’s name in Moodar Koodam is also Senrayan. I am fond of comedy but don’t want to be slotted as a comedian or the hero’s sidekick. I want to make it as a lead actor who specialises in humorous roles. At present, I am in discussion with a director who was impressed with my role in Moodar Koodam and God willing, I will be signed up for the lead role,” says a confident Senrayan.

Cinematographer Sreekar turns director

His roots in the film industry are pretty deep. Son of well-known Telugu dialogue writer Diwakar Babu, Sreekar Babu grew up in Chennai and is therefore exposed to films in both languages. Further, he has been a cinematographer and a lead/character artiste in several Telugu films. “All this has given me the confidence to make my directorial debut with Dhoda Adra Sakka, a bilingual in Tamil and Telugu with Aryan Rajesh in the lead. Aryan has six Tamil and eight Telugu films to his credit. He is the son of popular Telugu director EVV Sathyanarayana and brother of Allari Naresh,” says Sreekar. The film, titled Dhoda Adra Sakka in Tamil, is a comedy thriller set against the backdrop of a tea estate and was shot extensively in Ooty. “The storyline is universal — about the greed for money and the consequences of making it using shortcut methods. We have completed the talkie portions and are making steady progress with the rest of the work,” says Sreekar.

Yuvan in a romantic action film

Pasakkara Nanbargal saw the introduction of a new hero in Tamil films. Yuvan followed it up with Keeripulla and Sattai. He is now busy completing director Kovai Ravirajan’s Jockey. “But before Jockey’s release, two films of mine, Kaadhalai Thavira Verondrum Illai and Sogusu Perundhu, are set to hit the screens. The character I play in Jockey is an interesting one. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the hero leaves his village for Chennai. He lands in trouble, while selling movie tickets in black. More trouble ensues and somewhere along the way, love happens,” says Yuvan who is paired with Dharshita in Jockey. How does he avoid getting jailed? Does love bring about a change in him? Jockey is a romantic action film which, Yuvan’s feels, will take him to greater heights in the film industry.