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After your first film Puthiya Pathai, which was a mega hit, you haven’t seen success on such a scale in any of your recent films…

I don’t like such questions, that’s why I’m working hard on my next film Vithagan.

Neither has Pachakudirai, which is full of sleaze, nor Evan, a musical love story, bailed you out at the box office, why?

Thanks for acknowledging that I have done films of two different genres. Ilaiyaraaja asked me whether I needed Carnatic numbers, that too three in Evan. But I retained them and now after several years people appreciate them. As far as Pachakudirai is concerned I did what the film required but the so-called critics did not accept it.

After Pachakudirai you have not worn the director’s mantle for nearly two years. Why?

In cricket, the bowler retrieves the ball, comes running to bowl and makes the stumps fly. Similarly, I too have waited and now I am doing Vithagan. I feel I will certainly bowl well and hit the box office.

Whom do you like — actor Parthepan or director Parthepan?

Actor Parthepan likes director Parthepan as he was the man who introduced him to the screen. Director Parthepan likes actor Parthepan as he is one actor who comes on time, executes what the director wants and accepts whatever payment is offered to him.

Actor Parthepan is more successful than director Parthepan.

I am happy to hear that. I am an actor, who is different from others. You can say I am always “Ayirathil Oruvan” (which is incidentally the title of the film he is now working on with director Selvaraghavan).

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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