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Craving for more

Jayaram speaks about his life and career. The actor was in the city recently for the shooting of `Seethakalyanam'.

JAYARAM SURPRISES you with his frankness. Over the past one decade, this actor has carved a niche for himself in Malayalam and Tamil cinema. He was in the city recently to shoot for Revathi Kalamandir's `Seethakalyanam'.

Excerpts from an interview:

How did your films fare at the box office this year?

I had only a couple of releases this year. My last movie was `Malayali Mamanu Vanakam'. It fared reasonably well at the box-office. Then I did `Yathrakkarude Sradhakku', directed by Sathyan Anthicaud, and am now working on Rajeev Kumar's `Seethakalyanam'. I also have two Tamil films lined up for release, `Julie Ganapathy' and `Naina'.

Have you cut down on the number of Malayalam movies you are doing?

No. The number of movies being made is fewer. Also, I am tired of doing similar roles.

Unlike in Malayalam, the Tamil and Hindi film industry is keen on exploring fresh themes. There, films are made for the younger generation, who form the majority of the filmgoers. Here, things are just the opposite.

What inspires the `actor' in you to say `yes' to a movie?

A good story, nice script, powerful characterisation - these are some of the elements essential to a good movie. `Sesham' was a novel idea, but it failed to make an impact at the box-office!

`Sesham' was one movie I relished doing.

It was a small-budget movie, completed in about two weeks.

Though it did not make any profit, the producer did not loose money either.

I don't know why it failed to go down well with the masses. But I love it irrespective of its box-office status.

Does your reel life and real life collide?

Reel life lasts as long as you are on the sets, delivering the shots.

The moment you pack up, you are no longer the character you play. Both are different.

As artistes, we have to compartmentalise our life, though one may flow into the other at times. . . When I get back home, I am no longer the `actor' Jayaram, but a father and a husband. And I am cent per cent good at it.

After marriage, actresses usually call it a day...

I didn't stop my wife Parvathi from doing films.

It was her decision.

Moreover, it is almost two weeks since I saw my family.

If I had to return home and my wife were shooting elsewhere and my children were at boarding school, what meaning would our life have? Do you watch your movies at the theatre?

In Chennai, I do. On weekends, we visit multiplexes, which have a number of screens and a seating capacity of around 100 each.

These complexes also house some branded stores.

There are also game stations for children, small shopping galleries and other amenities.

Similar attempts to revamp the theatres should be made in Kerala as well.

Most theatres here are in bad shape.

What advice would you give to the younger generation?

Respect for elders is declining among the youth. This should change.

Your greatest virtue?


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