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Vivek is a responsible actor who makes you laugh, but always with a message

Versatile Vivek has finally risen from a comedian to a hero in `Solli Adipaen'. But to share the screen space with Rajinikanth was a dream he nurtured for long. Though he has done brief roles in superstar's earlier movies `Uzhaipali' and `Veera', Vivek was longing for a bigger role in the actor's movie. His wait finally got over with `Shivaji'. "I will cherish the experience of acting in the movie for life. It gave me a chance to learn a lot, apart from acting, from Rajinikanth, a person whom I respect a lot," Vivek says.

Substantial role

Though unwilling to reveal any further details about the movie, he confides he has done a substantial role in the film, which is almost equivalent to that of a second hero.Vivek says his move to don the lead role in `Solli Adipaen', which was long in the making and is set to release sometime soon, was not sudden. He has been getting such offers for sometime now."I accepted it only after making sure the script suits me and worked carefully on the screenplay. The film has everything - action, humour, romance and sentiment to delight the fans," he says. The delay in the completion of the movie, according to the actor, was due to the accident he met with. This, he also cites as a reason for a lull in his career."I never hesitated to accept comedy roles, just because I have turned into a hero. Once I was back from the injury, I completed the film and also signed some of the flicks as a comedian," says the actor.

Socially responsible

Vivek has the reputation of being a socially responsible comedian and has used films as a platform to spread social awareness among the audience. "It all began in the film `Tirunelveli'. Once it was well received by the youth, I made it a point to continue the trend. And being a hero I get lot more time in the movie to convey the message," he says, adding that he would sign his next movie as hero, depending on the result of `Solli Adipaen'. Vivek has sung in the film and says that he accepted it only because the music director Deva insisted. "I am interested in music and I can play keyboard. But I never had any plans of singing. Thanks to Deva, who encouraged me. The song has come out really well." Another field that Vivek would like to explore is direction. Not immediately though. "I worked as an associate director in `Kadhal Mannan'. But didn't pursue it seriously. I hope to wield the megaphone one day," he signs off. G. PRASAD

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