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chat Actor-director Ramesh Kanna talks about Kochadaiyan and more

all-rounderRamesh KannaPHOTO: A.SHRIKUMAR
all-rounderRamesh KannaPHOTO: A.SHRIKUMAR

He is the unsung hero of many Kollywood flicks. His efforts in front and behind the camera have contributed to the success of various films and he acknowledges this with a smile. . It is his sportive attitude that keeps him busy in the tinsel town. His cameos in Muthu , Vaanaithaipola and Padayappa and supporting role in Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen are still remembered for dialogue delivery and humour. Meet Ramesh Kanna, actor, script writer and director.

Director Vikraman gave him a new lease of life, he says. “He identified my acting skills and gave me a meaty role in Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen ,” he says fondly.

Born in a family with rich theatre legacy, Ramesh was naturally drawn to the stage. At the age of six, he began his acting career in R.S. Manohar’s troupe for Madurai Thirumaran’s first play Sanakya Sabatham . “Madurai is always close to my heart as this is the place where I made my debut on stage,” he says. His stint with theatre continued for eight more years. By then he had completed 2,000 dramas.

That was also the time when his mother expired and his father wanted him father to continue studies. But he found it difficult to keep away from theatre and cinema. The passion took him to dialogue writer Karaikudi Narayanan.

Shuttling between cinema and drama, Ramesh Kanna became a member of the film society and met director Pandiarajan. He worked with Pandiarajan in Kanni Rasi and Aan Paavam . His spontaneous responses also made him a popular member in Humour ClubHe took to film dialogue writing with ease. Actor Vivekh referred him to director K.S. Ravikumar, who later became his close friend.

But failure followed him wherever he went. His maiden directorial venture Thodarum did not do well at the box office. .. Big banner movies like Rana with Rajnikanth in the lead and Odipolama with Dhanush in the lead were dropped due to unavoidable circumstances. “I was not worried but confident that my efforts will be rewarded one day,” he says. Ramesh ended up writing the story and dialogues for Odipolama and was also part of the Rana crew.

Ramesh Kanna’s sincerity and smartness took him close to Ravikumar. He is now an associate of Ravikumar and has worked in many big hits including Muthu, Avvai Shanmughi, Thenali, Padayappa and Athavan. “I have very good rapport with my director. He never fails to invite me for story discussions. The best part is that I know what he feels and how he would react to a situation,” he shares.

Now Ramesh Kanna is part of Kochadaiyan crew. “It will be a milestone in Tamil film history,” he promises. “The animation movie is a great adventure film. I have also acted in this movie but there is an interesting aspect to it. Audience will be thrilled to see actor Nagesh coming alive on screen. I have rendered my body movements and face expressions to suit the great comedian. It is the best tribute I can pay to him,” he says.

Ramesh Kanna is busy these days, acting, writing scripts and dialogues and co-directing movies. Though success eludes him as a director, he is confident of hitting it big as and when he gets another chance.

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