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‘It’s not the K-factor’

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Man of steel Making his presence felt
Man of steel Making his presence felt

Karan attributes his success in movies to the several right moves he made during his career, writes G. PRASAD

Karan’s success as a hero was no surprise, at least for him. Once he sensed the time to turn hero, after proving his versatility doing a wide range of roles, Karan was sure that it should be a well thought-out move and hence took his time for the image makeover.

“I decided to lose weight, work on my body language and a break from cinema was inevitable. I also had to miss some 40 films during the period. But I am happy it’s paying off now,” the actor flashes a smile.

Comeback

Many of Karan’s friends felt that taking a break from acting might cost him dear, but the actor was firm on his stand. “I had full faith and people have not let me down. I was lucky to have got a film like ‘Kokki,’ which helped me make a strong comeback. Even the director Prabhu Solomon was looking for a break at that point of time and the movie proved a turning point for both of us,” he says.

Karan’s subsequent movies ‘Karuppasamy Kuthagaitharar,’ ‘Thee Nagar’ and ‘Kathavarayan’ did good business at the box-office and propelled his career as a hero. At present he is busy working in ‘Kandha,’ ‘Kanagavel Kakka’ and ‘Malayan.’

Does the ‘K’ factor — the name of most of his recent films begins with the letter K — has anything to do with superstition? “No, it’s a mere coincidence. Even two of the films (‘Thee Nagar’ and ‘Malayan’) had titles that began with the alphabet K. But I requested the directors to change them. I am a person who works hard and leaves the rest to God,” he says.

Also, most of Karan’s recent movies have been directed by debutants.

In fact, the actor enjoys working with newcomers. “I am easily accessible and that’s the reason why many talented young directors approach me. Actually, there are many advantages in working with them. The aim of every debutant is to make his first film a super hit. For achieving it, they put in a lot of hard work. It helps me too,” says Karan, quickly expressing his willingness to work with renowned directors as well.

A black belt in karate, Karan loves doing action movies and his ‘Kandha,’ under production, is touted to be an action-packed entertainer.

“My expertise in the martial art has given me lot of confidence to perform in stunt sequences. Also it has taught me ways to escape unhurt during risky shots. I believe the fight scenes in ‘Kandha’ will go down well with the fans.”

Successful combination

Karan-Vadivelu combo of late has gelled well on screen and Karan hopes to continue the winning streak in the upcoming ventures.

“We have been good friends for a long time now. Vadivelu gives his very best when it comes to my films. He is a fantastic comedian and a great human being. The day before the release of ‘Kathavarayan’, Vadivelu called me at least 10 times to ensure whether the comedy track would reach the audience effectively. That only goes to show that he is not a person who takes things for granted,” he shares.

Karan, who got introduced through the Kamal Hasan-starrer ‘Nammavar,’ says that he got to learn a lot from the veteran actor. “In the tinsel town, Kamal Hasan is my guru. Whatever he taught me is helping even now. I spoke to him after watching his magnum opus ‘Dasavatharam.’ Before I could congratulate him, he started enquiring about my career. He is very happy with my growth. I am eagerly waiting for the opportunity to work with him again.”

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