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You are acting in Pazhassi Raja now. The stills remind us of your Oru

Vadakkan Veera Katha…That’s because martial arts form the backdrop of both films. While Oru Vadakkan Veera Katha narrates the story of a warrior, Pazhassi Raja highlights love for one’s motherland. They are different.

Why are not you seen often in Tamil films?

I have acted in some good films in Tamil. As I am busy in Malayalam, I do not have much time to spare for Tamil. As far as I’m concerned, language is no barrier at all. I am acting with Arjun in Aruvadai, produced by Henry.

What do you feel about being part of multi-star cast films?

I am happy to work with any star as all of them are my friends. I have acted in all types of films, the recent one being Pazhassi Raja where I work with Sarath Kumar. To me, work is important; I must do justice to the character I play.

Do you think Pazhassi Raja will be an important film in your career?

He is one of the early freedom fighters to have protested against the British in our country. I play the raja, and Sarath, his lieutenant. We have done a number of action sequences and not made use of computer graphics. We have worked with a wonderful team — Ilaiyaraja, Resul Pookutty and M. T.Vasudevan Nair. I feel this will be a landmark film.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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