How it happened
From a tender age, I wanted to be in films. I joined the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, in 2006. I have worked on two DD telefilms with Vikas Desai (FTII direction) for “Aur Ek Kahani”. I have also worked in a telefilm in Marathi “Natsamrat”. Another film was in English-Hindi, titled “Mahek”, for children, produced by the Children’s Film Society of India. Besides, I learnt Latin American ballroom dance and was part of a western group called “Wild Stallions”. I am a blue belt champion in karate and was also in the NCC air wing My photos were sent to Chennai and I got a call from Mr. Srinivasan of Vikatan Talkies. My first feature film in Tamil was Siva Manasula Sakthi (SMS).
How it felt
Seeing myself on the screen was nothing new to me. But I was glad that I was doing a Tamil film; I got a rousing reception from the Chennai audience. I saw SMS in Four Frames. Some of my friends here said I had done a good job. But I was sad some of the scenes where I had done well were cut. I know it is part of the game, but I was upset.
How life changed
It’s yet to change. Perhaps after Madurai Sambavam, people in the industry will consider me star material. I’m eager to do powerful roles.S. R. ASHOK KUMAR